Mission: Northwestern's mission is to provide the highest-quality education for its students, to develop innovative programs in research, and to sustain an academic community that embraces these enterprises.
Programs: Education of students: for the 2014 academic year, 8,375 undergraduates and 8,523 graduates and professional school students enrolled full-time at the university. The exempt purpose of northwestern university is to provide educational services to its students. This includes superior undergraduate education for a diverse student body in a comprehensive range of academic and professional fields. At the graduate level, northwestern's role encompasses offerings in the major academic and professional fields, closely related to research, creative activities, and clinical services.
research activities: the research program at northwestern university is a major component of university efforts, assuring institutional leadership in scientific discovery, intellectual inquiry, and creative performance. The character of this research shapes all areas of university endeavor, especially graduate education as well as undergraduate studies.
auxilliary enterprises serve the educational mission by primarily providing residences and food services, and other various goods and services to support university student, faculty, and staff activities.