On Campus with Curt - Northwestern University

The story of Northwestern University began in 1850, as nine men gathered to plan what would eventually become one of the finest educational institutions in the world. Three years later the founders purchased 379 acres of land and by 1855 the first building had been constructed. With 10 students and two faculty members, history was made.


 Northwestern University first adopted a bear cub mascot named Furpaw in 1923, but he was soon disbanded after a losing season. The current mascot “Willie the Wildcat” was born a year later after a reporter from the Chicago Tribune described the football team as such.


 Notable campus landmarks include The Arch and The Rock. Freshmen begin their collegiate journey by marching through The Arch, which serves as a gateway to campus. Students can later make their mark by painting a purple and white boulder known as The Rock. To paint The Rock, students must guard it for 24 hours before using it to advertise for events, make political expressions, or even inscribe marriage proposals.


The most notable building on campus is University Hall, which was built in 1869 and is the oldest remaining building on campus. An “Old College” banner that once hung above the main entrance from the first building on NU campus is proudly displayed at the west entryway. The clock atop the highest tower was a gift from the class of 1879 and its bells from the class of 1880.

Notable alumni for Northwestern University include: talk show host Stephen Colbert, supermodel Cindy Crawford, Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, and Game of Thrones author George R. R. Martin.