I am a New/ Incoming Student

Information for New and
Incoming Students

Welcome to the Sheil Catholic Center! 

College is full of new experiences — some exciting, some difficult — and both faith in God and a supportive faith community can help ease the transition.   

The Sheil Catholic Center is the Catholic Campus Ministry on both Northwestern University’s Evanston and Chicago Campuses. Whether you are an incoming or prospective student, we are honored to welcome you. 

Sheil often acts as a "home away from home" for students. We offer a warm, welcoming environment for prayer and faith, as well as a dynamic community of students and associates that relishes sharing discussion, energy and prayer with one another. We strive to: 

  • Help clarify values in a time of exploration
  • Build a sense of Catholic identity and understanding through education, reflection and discussion
  • Form leaders in the world and for the Church through service and empowerment
  • Do all of this in the context of faith, through a vibrant spiritual center

Our Center is here for you. Visit the Chapel, open daily, for personal prayer and meditation. Gather with us for worship, spiritual exploration and community activities. Use the Center as a study lounge and gathering space. Engage with our community for retreats, service trips, prayer and discussions about faith. Explore the opportunities available through the Christ the Teacher Institute. Connect with our staff for pastoral counseling and spiritual direction.

Visit the links on this page to discover more about Sheil and what interests you. We also offer a separate page for your parents, who often have additional questions about Catholic campus ministry. 

If you do come to Northwestern, make sure to join us for First Night @ Sheil, where you can meet other incoming freshmen the night before you move onto campus. 

We hope these opportunities to participate in your faith life during college will inspire you to come to Northwestern, or excite you about the years that await you in Evanston. Register with us today! Please do not hesitate to contact us for more information or with questions.

We truly look forward to having you join our community!

In Christ the Teacher,

Sheil Catholic Center Staff