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Office of Student Life

We support you so you can maximize your Medill experience from orientation to graduation.

Medill faculty and staff smiling

Director of Student Life Dorina Aguilar Rasmussen and Associate Dean Beth Bennett encourage you to "frame your story" at Medill.

Supporting your Medill experience

We are your primary resource for information on registration and degree progress as well as Medill and NU opportunities and services.

How we can help

Summer communication and orientation

Over the summer, we’ll be in touch with information to help you prepare for the start of classes, and we’ll set up channels to connect you with your fellow students. At orientation, we’ll help you start off your career at Medill with a fun and informative program.

Student receiving academic advising

Academic advising

We will meet with you throughout your time here to discuss academic progress, personal and professional goals and dreams, and your Medill experience.

Student chatting with an academic adviser.

Ambassors/student advisory council

Student Life staff members advise our student advisory groups, which work to continually improve the Medill student experience and represent the school as ambassadors to prospective students and alumni.

Learn more about Medill Undergraduate Ambassadors

Professional development

Our office sends students to various journalism conferences throughout the summer where students can meet professionals and build their networks. Medill has journalism professional groups, such as the National Association of Black Journalists shown at left at the national NABJ conference.

Bagels and cream cheese set out for a student appreciation event

Building the Medill community

We build Medill pride with events throughout the year, including student appreciation events and small group dinners at the homes of Medill faculty.

Students celebrating at graduation


As you finish your college career, we host Medill’s graduation ceremonies to celebrate your accomplishments.

Additional Student Resources

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Health and safety resources

Northwestern offers a variety of resources to support your physical, mental and social well-being on campus.

Learn more about health and safety resources