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Programs for High School Students

College Bridge Program

Thanks to a partnership between the Chicago Public Schools and Northwestern University, we are pleased to admit 25 high school juniors from Chicago Public Schools to the College Bridge Program each summer. Students enroll in courses as part of the Northwestern Summer Session and students earn college credit for satisfactorily completed courses. Courses vary from three to eight weeks in length, and are offered at Northwestern’s Evanston and Chicago campuses.

  • Each student may enroll in one undergraduate course, for which you receive college credit.
  • Tuition and textbooks are free, and you may choose from a wide variety of classes.
  • By taking college courses with Northwestern undergraduates, you'll have the opportunity to experience academic and social life on campus.
  • You'll gain confidence, experience, and inspiration — a terrific head start for any student preparing for college.

Application Requirements

To be considered for the College Bridge Program, you must:

  • Be a current high school junior enrolled in Chicago Public Schools
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale
Application Materials Checklist:
  • Online Application
  • Personal Statement
  • Recommendation Form and/or Letter
  • Official High School Transcript

Application deadline: March 24, 2017
Completed applications must be received by the deadline.
Incomplete and late applications will not be considered. Your admission decision will be emailed to you approximately two weeks after the deadline.

Personal Statement
You will submit your 250-500 word personal statement as part of the online application in response to the question: How would participating in the College Bridge Program help you meet your future academic goals? You will be evaluated on quality of your writing, as well as thoughtfulness and specificity.

Official transcripts are required to be submitted as part of the application. E-transcripts submitted via secure electronic providers are accepted. Please consult with your school to see if they are part of a secure e-delivery network. Transcripts are not accepted by fax or personal email.
 
Official transcripts may be sent via email to: spsadmissions@northwestern.edu.

Official hard copy transcripts or documents may be sent to the address below:

Admissions Office
Attn:  College Preparation Program
Northwestern University School of Professional Studies
Wieboldt Hall, Sixth Floor
339 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60611

 
Materials submitted to the admissions office are integrated into an applicant's admissions file and will not be returned.

College Bridge Orientation and Advising: May 14, 2017
If admitted to the program, you must attend the College Bridge Orientation and Advising Session on May 14, 2017, at the Summer Session office on Northwestern’s campus in Evanston. This is a requirement in order to enroll in the program.

Admitted College Bridge Students

Courses

College Bridge students are eligible to take almost any of the 100- and 200-level classes on either the Chicago or Evanston campuses during Summer Session, subject to prerequisites and permissions. Please review any prerequisites indicated in the course descriptions. Three-week intensive science courses and 300-level courses may require special permission. You can browse course listings online.

Adds, Drops, and Withdrawals

Students who have registered for a course through the College Bridge Program at Northwestern University are considered enrolled for the duration, and are expected to attend all sessions of the course for which they are registered. Excessive absences do not signal a student's intent to drop or withdraw, and is cause for failure in the course. Therefore, if you wish to change your registration in any way - by changing or dropping a course - you must do so through our office. If Summer Session has already begun, certain courses may not be available for course changes, and you may need to submit a Student Affairs Petition to withdraw from your course. If you need to change your schedule in any way, please contact our office.

Transcripts and Grades

Current College Bridge students can view and print their grades through CAESAR.

College Bridge students who enrolled in courses in 2009 or later can request their official Northwestern University transcript from the School of Professional Studies Registrar’s Office.

College Bridge students who enrolled in courses prior to 2009 should request their official Northwestern University transcript from the Northwestern University Registrar’s Office.

Contact Us

Office of Summer Session and Special Programs
College Bridge Program
405 Church Street
Evanston, Illinois 60208-4220
Phone: 847-491-7239
CollegeBridge@northwestern.edu