One of the more impressive universities in the Big 10 conference from an academic perspective is Northwestern University. Founded in 1851, NU is a private research university that has been the learning ground for alumni such as Democratic Presidential nominee George McGovern, political satirist Stephen Colbert and Academy Award winning actor Charlton Heston. Outstanding athletes have studied at the school as well, including former MLB catcher and manager Joe Girardi and Olympic medalist in swimming Matt Grevers.
With such a stellar reputation one may believe NU is all about academics, but the Northwestern football team has played in the Rose Bowl in the past, proving to the loyal Wildcats faithful at Ryan Field that NU is set to compete in the Big 10. In addition, be sure to root on NU’s basketball and volleyball teams at Welsh-Ryan Arena. With Evanston so close to Chicago, it is easy for student to satisfy their music and theater urges at venues such as The Metro, Aragon Ballroom and the Briar Street Theater.
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