Founded in 1851, Northwestern University is a private institution that combines pioneering research and innovative teaching. Two of Northwestern's three campuses are located on Lake Michigan and the third is located in Doha, Qatar. Of Northwestern University's dozen schools, nine offer undergraduate programs and ten offer graduate and professional programs.
Northwestern University is well-known for its research programs in materials science, biomedical engineering, African studies, performance studies and marketing. Northwestern has an annual research budget of over $1.6 billion and has been recognized for research in genetic medicine, nanotechnology, biochemistry, neuroscience, cancer research, materials sciences and more.
Athletics are a popular draw to Northwestern University. As a member of the Big Ten Conference, the university offers 19 varsity athletic programs. Fine and performing arts are also popular at Northwestern University, facilities include a museum, art gallery, theater and concert hall.