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Diversity

Explore our variety of people, cultures, backgrounds and thought.

Our community celebrates diversity and fosters inclusion.

Diversity isn’t always a given, even at a truly global university. So we work diligently every day to ensure that our campus remains a place of inclusion, one in which every student, faculty and staff member is welcomed whole-heartedly and without reservation into the Northwestern family. Learn more about Northwestern's commitment to diversity.

A diverse student body makes for more thoughtful students. And ultimately leads to more thoughtful leaders (and a better world). To read more about why and how we value diversity on campus, download our new Open Minds brochure. To meet our teams of current students who can provide perspective on Black/African American, Latino and International student experiences on campus, visit our Social and Virtual webpage.

Culturally, demographically and economically diverse

Faculty member talking with students

Our 8,000+ undergraduates come from all 50 states and more than 75 countries around the world.

But diversity isn’t just about numbers. At Northwestern, we believe that diversity—of background, identity, belief, interest, expertise—is essential to undergraduate learning and to a healthy society. We also believe in convening a community of open-minded individuals who are eager to benefit from and contribute to the world of perspectives represented on campus.

International students can find support along the way from Northwestern's International Office, which guides both students and their families through federal regulations, institutional guidelines and adjustment to living in the United States.

Students from 75+ countries

  • Class of 2022*:
  • Hispanic or Latino: 13.5%
  • American Indian or Alaska Native: 1%
  • Asian American: 23.5%
  • Black or African American: 10%
  • White: 56%
  • International: 11.5%
  • Pell Grant recipients: 20%
  • First-generation college students: 13.5%

Campus Inclusion and Community

Education, enrichment and engagement

The Department of Campus Inclusion and Community works with the university community to cultivate inclusive learning environments. This is done through intentional engagement with difference across and within various identities. The department's new model includes Student Enrichment Services, Social Justice Education and Multicultural Student Affairs.

Student groups

Use the links below to visit just a few of the student groups recognized by Multicultural Student Affairs (MSA).

All MSA-Recognized Student Groups

Academic exploration

In the classroom and out, our students are asked to investigate what it means to participate in a diverse society.

Encouraging dialogue

In The Handmaid's Tale, Canadian author Margaret Atwood imagines a dystopic society that results from a liberal democracy's transition to theocratic authoritarianism. Made more visible by a recent video adaptation, The Handmaid's Tale not only invites readers to consider the implications of policies that regulate the conditions of existence but also to ponder the nature of agency, actors, and movements in a sociopolitical context. Although many discussions of the book invoke gender and sexuality, The Handmaid's Tale fundamentally grapples with the nature of citizenship along with its associated rights and responsibilities.

Over the summer, copies of The Handmaid's Tale were delivered to every incoming first-year and new transfer undergraduate. Throughout the year, events like lectures, films and discussion groups provide an opportunity for individuals to gather and talk about the issues presented in the book.

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