Vision 2025

The strategic plan for The Graduate School is called “Vision 2025” as it will serve as our roadmap for the next several years and beyond. Vision 2025 builds upon existing pillars of The Graduate School and is anchored by the following purpose and mission statements:


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The Graduate School enhances Northwestern University’s academic excellence and reputation by providing centralized support to current and prospective graduate students, postdoctoral trainees, graduate faculty, staff, administrators, and alumni. We promote a transformative educational experience for all graduate students and postdoctoral trainees at Northwestern University.


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The Graduate School creates and communicates an intentional and adaptable educational infrastructure for a diverse population of graduate students and postdoctoral trainees in an accessible and equitable environment. We advocate for excellent graduate and advanced educational opportunities; cultivate a healthy, diverse, and engaged community; and connect graduate students and postdoctoral trainees with supportive communities and global opportunities.


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In order to achieve our purpose and mission, our strategic approach at The Graduate School is to:

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For:

  • A diverse graduate student and postdoctoral trainee population
  • An equitable graduate student experience across Northwestern
  • A clearly defined postdoctoral trainee experience across Northwestern
  • Mentorship for all graduate students and postdoctoral trainees
  • Comprehensive academic and professional development for graduate students and postdoctoral trainees
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  • Recruitment and retention of diverse graduate student and postdoctoral trainee populations
  • Clear processes and empathetic support systems
  • Resources and support for excellence in interdisciplinary scholarship and research
  • A comprehensive approach to graduate student and postdoctoral trainee wellness and engagement in collaboration with campus partners
  • The global leadership abilities of graduate students and postdoctoral trainees

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Current and prospective graduate students, postdoctoral trainees, graduate faculty, staff, administrators, and alumni with:

  • Each other, facilitating collaboration and fostering community
  • Information, centrally gathered and shared
  • Supportive communities and global opportunities
  • Experts and resources within and beyond Northwestern
  • Partners in recruitment, engagement, and academic and professional development