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Visit Campus

Explore our campus and city

Give us an hour, or give us a day.

Thank you for your interest in visiting our beautiful, tree-lined campus on the shore of Lake Michigan and just north of Chicago. 

One of the great values of a Northwestern experience is connections: one’s ability to connect with different people, ideas, and disciplines in an inclusive and collaborative community.  We encourage you to review our on-campus programming options below and then click the “Register for a campus visit” button to tailor your experience in a way that most interests you.

Take a Tour

Guided Campus Visit

Personalize your visit with a “choose your own adventure” format where visitors select a tour guide who shares a common interest or point of connection during a 75-minute walking tour of our lakefront campus.

Additionally, you'll have the option to join an admission staff member to learn more about Northwestern’s holistic admission review process and our affordability commitments (weekdays only). This 30-minute session starts with a brief overview of the application and financial aid processes, before inviting your questions about Northwestern and the college search. For additional guidance about admission and affordability, we encourage you to explore our website and YouTube channel, or connect directly with admission staff.

Registration is required for guided campus tours. To register, click on the button below.

Register for a campus visit

Self-guided campus tour

If you are unable to join us for a guided campus tour, or you are interested in exploring campus on your own, we encourage you to follow our self-guided tour. The self-guided tour includes a robust guide to campus buildings and academic information, an extended tour route just like our student guides would provide, and stories from over 20 Northwestern students!

Visitors can head over to the Segal Visitors Center vestibule, open 24 hours a day, to register for a self-guided visit and download a copy of the tour. In addition, during normal business hours, admissions officers and current students are available in the main lobby of the Visitors Center to assist you at the front desk and answer any questions.

Download Self-Guided Campus Tour

Ask Questions

Purple Preview

If you are eager to experience life as a Northwestern student, join us for a Purple Preview visit. This program is geared toward high school seniors, but also open to interested juniors. You will be paired with a current undergraduate student host, and together, you’ll spend the morning attending class, exploring campus, and learning more about daily student life.

To ensure that we can match you with a host, you must register for a Purple Preview experience at least one week prior to your visit. Click the button below to view available dates and register.

Register for Purple Preview

Attend an Academic Overview

While you are on campus, get to know our academic community. Representatives from Northwestern’s six distinct undergraduate schools host information sessions for prospective students, which help you to learn more about the school’s areas of expertise.

Availability of sessions varies seasonally; please check the registration calendar to confirm current schedules. Advance registration is required for school-specific programs. Note: school-specific sessions do not include a campus tour.

McCormick School of Engineering

Offered most Mondays and Fridays at 4:00 p.m.

Located in the Ford Motor Company Engineering Design Center 2-350 (The Hive): 2133 Sheridan Rd., Evanston IL 60208. Enter through the main doors on Sheridan Rd. and take the stairs or elevator up two floors to find room 2-350.

15-minute walk from the Segal Visitors Center

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Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences

Offered select Mondays and Wednesdays at 4 p.m. until July

Beginning in July, offered select Mondays at 3:30 p.m.

Located in Segal Visitors Center auditorium

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Explore History, Culture and Community

Our general campus tours (both guided and self-guided) provide a thorough introduction to campus facilities, academic opportunities, and student life. For a deeper look at Northwestern’s history and communities, continue to explore campus on your own with the help of the following audio tours.

Visit with a Group

Large Group Visits

High schools and community based organizations who wish to bring a group of 10 or more high school students to campus can attend a large group campus visit. Based on your group’s schedule and interests, you can take a student-led or self-guided campus tour and connect with current students and admission staff to learn more about Northwestern. Groups with 10 or fewer guests should register all participants individually for campus tours and related programming.

Register for a large group visit