An athletic training professor helps students assess injuries on athletes.

Health & Natural Sciences
Raider Day Friday, Oct. 25, 2019 | 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Visit Northwestern during a Preview Day specifically designed for students interested in the health and science professions. Your time on campus will provide:


In a single day, you can explore multiple areas within the health and science professions, including:


You'll have the opportunity to get to know the professors who will be teaching your classes—as well as current students in Northwestern's health and sciences programs—during breakout sessions, a student panel, lab rotations and lunch.

Hands-on experience

You can try out equipment and procedures yourself when you visit Northwestern's nursing lab, human performance lab, and cadaver/human anatomy lab. You can also learn about cancer cell research being conducted by NWC professors and students.

This introduction to the human cadaver and neuroscience research labs will highlight exciting ways you can learn about biology and health-related resources at Northwestern.

The nursing arts lab provides a safe environment for nursing students to practice their skills and prepare for work as an RN. A brief tour of the nursing arts lab will be given, along with hands-on experience with “Mikey,” a human patient simulator, and several other real-life learning opportunities.

In 1951, Henrietta Lacks went to Johns Hopkins University Hospital to be treated for cancer. While she was there, a scientist took cells from her tumor. These cells, known as HeLa cells, have become one of the most powerful tools in medicine–used in the development of the polio vaccine, cloning, genomics, gene mapping, understanding cancer biology, and much more. The story of Henrietta Lacks and her cells was told in an extraordinary book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, and made into a movie starring Oprah Winfrey. At Northwestern, we are using HeLa cells, metastatic human breast cancer cells, human liver tumor cells, mouse lymphoma cells and more to determine if extracts from common plants (rosemary, ginger, vinca, lavender, sage) and chemicals found in those extracts can slow the growth of tumor cells growing in culture. Come see these cells and listen to biology students describe this research project and what they learned by participating in it.

Northwestern's Human Performance Lab is equipped with tools necessary to test the physical fitness of the general population and the athletic performance of collegiate and elite athletes. Body composition, aerobic fitness/power and muscular strength are just a few of the variables of interest to students in this area. Students will demonstrate a body composition analysis with underwater weighing test, perform a VO2max test with a metabolic cart, and conduct a Wingate test of power output. Be ready to test your vertical jump and anaerobic power!

Info about Northwestern′s new science building

Finally, you'll tour our new $24.5 million DeWitt Family Science Center, which opened in January of 2019.

Online registration for the Health & Natural Sciences Preview Day will open in late August.

Why study the health and science professions at NWC?

  • 80% of Northwestern graduates who continue on to medical school are accepted the first time they apply (compared to a 45% national med school matriculation rate).
  • 88% of Northwestern′s BSN-credentialed nurses pass their board exams on the first attempt.
  • 100% of Northwestern athletic training majors pass their board exams (including 75% on the first attempt).
  • Research experience involving the sequencing of DNA genomes is embedded into three consecutive courses taken by first- and second-year biology students.
  • Northwestern's Human Performance Lab is equipped with a BodPod body composition tracking system, metabolic carts, cycle ergometers, and Exertech underwater weighing tank.
  • Northwestern's athletic training program gives students hands-on experience, as early as their sophomore year, working under the supervision of team doctors and certified athletic trainers to care for and rehabilitate Northwestern student-athletes.