Northwestern basketball fans will be organized into 5 groups to fairly identify their seat selection time.

After all orders are placed by December 1, 2017, all those who are interested in purchasing seats in the new Welsh-Ryan Arena will be arranged into one of the following five selection groups.

All fans in selection group 1 will choose first, then selection group 2 will select, and so forth. The selection order within each group will be determined by Purple Points.

Groups are determined by either:


Selection Order Donation OR Consecutive years as a Season Ticket Holder Qualifier
Selection Group 1 $6,000+ Wildcat Excellence Fund Or 20+ YEARS AS A SEASON TICKET HOLDER
Selection Group 2 $2,500-$5,999 Wildcat Excellence Fund Or 15-19 YEARS AS A SEASON TICKET HOLDER
Selection Group 3 $600-$2,499 Wildcat Excellence Fund Or 10-14 YEARS AS A SEASON TICKET HOLDER
Selection Group 4 $100-$599 Wildcat Excellence Fund Or 5-9 YEARS AS A SEASON TICKET HOLDER
Selection Group 5 No donation required Or 0-4 YEARS AS A SEASON TICKET HOLDER


The Wildcat Excellence Fund is our unrestricted annual fund which addresses our needs in several key areas. These five core areas allow us to compete at the highest level, regardless of the budget gap between NU and our Big Ten peers. Providing a better student-athlete experience is critical to our success, and we need your help to ensure that continues.


Over the past four years, we have increased the number of academic counselors and, in turn, the support we are able to provide NU student-athletes. The increased resources for this area have resulted in record outcomes for Northwestern Athletics. Currently, Wildcats student-athletes boast a combined 3.32 GPA and lead the nation in academic success.

Sports Medicine

Northwestern sports medicine is at the forefront of medical care within intercollegiate athletics. Through technology advances, we are doing more to protect our student-athletes. From improved equipment such as helmets and shoulder pads for football, to GPS tracking equipment and software, we are working to make sure each student-athlete is as safe as possible and able to return to competition as quickly as possible in the event they are injured.


The sports nutrition program is committed to helping student-athletes optimize their overall health and performance. Building sound nutrition habits helps our student-athletes achieve their athletic goals and also empowers them to maintain healthy nutrition patterns for a lifetime.

Summer School

By providing additional resources to fund summer school opportunities, we are able to host our student-athletes in Evanston over the summer break. This allows them to train with their teammates and our sports performance coaches while balancing their academic schedule.

Sports Performance

Providing the proper tools, training and opportunities to grow as athletes is critical to our success in the Big Ten. This area has become a strength thanks to state-of-the-art technology and methodology. Our teams have been able to develop faster during the offseason and stay healthier during the competition year thanks to increased support in this area.

It is through these five areas that we are able to differentiate ourselves from our peers, attract the best talent to NU, and provide a world-class experience.