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The Graduate School Experience

Your Guide to Campus

Two campuses, 12 miles apart, and bordered by a Great Lake.

Evanston Campus

New facilities and old traditions. Close-knit community and cutting-edge resources. College town vibe and big city access. Winding paths and beachfront views.

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Evanston is consistently ranked as one of America’s top college towns and is home to most of Northwestern's facilities, academic opportunities, and student life. Our main campus in Evanston provides a multifaceted experience that is both historical and state of the art.

Our beautiful, tree-lined Evanston campus rests along the shore of Lake Michigan and just north of Chicago. On the Evanston campus, you'll find beaches, shops, coffee houses, restaurants, art galleries, and theaters just down the street or around the corner from classrooms, labs, and lecture halls. 


Rebecca Crown Center is the home base for The Graduate School and shares the scenery with the Office of the President, the Office of the Provost, the Office for Research, and the Office of the Registrar. Nearby is the iconic Weber Arch—the site of the annual March Through the Arch campus tradition for incoming and graduating students. In addition to countless research facilities and schools of thought, Northwestern features several university libraries, athletic/recreation centers, religious institutions, and community involvement.


Chicago Campus

Our Chicago campus is nestled in the heart of downtown, just steps from the Magnificent Mile. It is surrounded by world-famous eateries, countless shopping and entertainment spaces, and notable architectural marvels. Northwestern's downtown campus provides a reserved yet driven community dedicated to research and connectivity within one of the world's most iconic cities.

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Northwestern offers core research facilities that graduate students may use to conduct cross-disciplinary biomedical research. They include the Center for Advanced Microscopy & Nikon Imaging Center, the Flow Cytometry Core Facility, and the Pathology Core Facility, among others. You can browse a comprehensive list of core facilities here.

Additionally, the Galter Health Sciences Library and Learning Center advances research, patient care, and education through integrated partnerships, dedicated services and resources, and a deep commitment to collaborative innovation. 


The Chicago campus operates through thriving partnerships with notable research and world-class medical institutions such as Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Lurie Children’s Hospital, the Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center at Northwestern, the Prentice Women's Hospital, and the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab. Other notable facilities include:

  • Simpson Querrey Biomedical Research Center
    Largest biomedical research building in the U.S.
  • Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Research Center
    Top 10 in the nation, #1 in Illinois

Take a Campus Tour

TGS encourages prospective students to visit our campus and learn more about our programs. TGS is unable to finance any travel or lodging expenses, and may not be able to accommodate visits requested without ample planning time.

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