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Memorandum: Undocumented Students

Modified: June 19, 2014

To: The Northwestern University Graduate Community
Fr: Dwight A. McBride, Associate Provost & Dean of TGS
Re: Current & Prospective Undocumented Students
Date: January 16, 2012
Additional document: View Undocumented Student Funding Guidelines


In response to concerns and questions raised by members of our community about The Graduate School’s stance toward current and prospective graduate students who are undocumented immigrants, we are issuing the following statement.

The Graduate School at Northwestern has long been a place where excellence in scholarship, research, creativity, and innovation come together to produce the next generation of thought leaders in academia and across a multitude of industries and enterprises that chart our national and global futures. In fulfillment of this mission, our community is deliberately and unquestionably inclusive. We admit talented and promising graduate students from a diversity of backgrounds regardless of their financial circumstances or national origins because it is only from the widest possible range of perspectives and viewpoints that the most innovative ideas can be pursued. This commitment is further discussed in Provost Daniel Linzer’s statement on diversity.

In this context, The Graduate School considers students from around the world for admission. All students who apply, regardless of citizenship, are considered for admission to The Graduate School and for every type of private financial aid the University offers. The Graduate School is quite willing to admit and enroll undocumented students and may use private funds to provide financial aid to support their studies in a manner consistent with applicable laws.

Dwight A. McBride, PhD
Associate Provost & Dean of The Graduate School

Cc: Provost, Partner School Deans, VP for Student Affairs, AVP Human Resources

From the Dean