Skip to main content

Explore Online

Start picturing your future at Northwestern

Get to know us, wherever you are.

Thank you for your interest in learning more about Northwestern. Through our digital programming, you'll experience all the people, spaces, resources, and opportunities that make Northwestern so special.

We encourage you to review all of our digital programming options below and then click on the events that most interest you. Our YouTube channel also serves as a comprehensive hub of archived sessions, tours, and special programming.

To help visitors navigate, we have grouped online information opportunities into three broad areas: Get an Overview, Learn More, and Connect. 

  • Get an Overview: Online information sessions, campus tours, and group travel
  • Connect: Online student panels and one-on-one chats with current undergraduate students
  • Learn More: A closer look at our academic offerings and student life

Get an Overview

Tour guide showing prospective students campus

Online information sessions

Our 45-minute information session, led by an admission counselor in conjunction with a student representative, provides an overview of the University and its six undergraduate schools, student life and the application process and financial aid. Participants will also get the chance to ask questions at the conclusion of the program via chat.

You can also view a pre-recorded version.

Student tour guide leading a tour

Online campus tours

Campus tours feature full-length walking tours of campus filmed with a student tour guide who will be available via live chat during the tour stream to answer questions.

You can also view a pre-recorded version.

register for a campus tour


Northwestern Student Perspectives: Online Panels

Learn more about living in the Evanston area and being a part of our campus community. Student panels will offer an opportunity to pose questions to current undergraduate students via online chat, much like an “Ask Me Anything” thread on Reddit.


Northwestern Student Perspectives: Office Hours

Have a question for a current student? Office hours provide a more informal setting during which you can “drop in” and speak with current students, counselors, and fellow prospective students.

REGISTER FOR student office hours

Purple Preview Conversations

Have you already attended an information session or an online student panel, but want to dig deeper into the Northwestern student experience? Sign up for a Purple Preview conversation, a one-on-one video or phone conversation with a current Northwestern student that lasts 30-45 minutes.

Register for a conversation

Learn More

School-Specific Sessions and Panels

Please check the registration calendar to confirm session dates, times, and availability.

Conversation between advisor and student

School-specific sessions

In addition to our general information sessions and student panels, advisers from Northwestern’s undergraduate schools host information sessions for prospective students. Not only do these sessions help you learn more about the school's areas of expertise, they may help you decide to which undergraduate school you want to apply.

Register for a session

School-specific student panels

Supplementing the school-specific sessions led by advisers are school-specific student panels during which you can ask questions of current Northwestern students studying in a particular school.


Live from Northwestern!

Our YouTube channel hosts recordings of our “Live from Northwestern!” series, which includes a look at areas like undergraduate research, study abroad, being a pre-medical student, and studying the liberal arts.

LIVE from northwestern

Social Media

We have a great group of current undergraduate students who are excited to share their Northwestern experiences. Check out what our Wildcats are up to over on our social media page!

Social Media FeeD