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College Preparation Program

IN FOCUS Seminars

IN FOCUS Seminars are designed to expose students to top Northwestern faculty highlighting themes relevant today. They do not have the time commitment or cost of a college credit course. These two-week noncredit seminars are structured like a college seminar course. Faculty will lead the seminar through discussion, readings and study, enabling a rich learning experience. Only College Prep students are able to enroll in the seminars, which will appear on your official Northwestern University transcript upon successful completion. If you wish to request credit at your high school for a seminar, discuss this with your counselor ahead of time since the acceptance of credit depends on your school's policy.

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2017 College Preparation Program Costs

IN FOCUS Seminar Residential Option

Tuition (1 Seminar):  $2,000
Program Fee:  $500
Room and board (2 weeks): $927
Total Costs: $3,427

2017 College Preparation Program Costs

IN FOCUS Seminar Commuter Option

Tuition (1 Seminar): $2,000
Program Fee: $500
Total Costs: $2,500

Admission Requirements

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

  • Completion of sophomore or junior year of high school by the commencement of program


US Residents

A Completed Application consists of:

  • Online Application for US Residents -- deadline has passed!
  • Personal Statement
  • List of Extracurricular Activities
  • Official High School Transcript
  • Recommendation Form and/or Letter
  • $60 nonrefundable application fee

International Students

A Completed Application consists of:

  • Online Application for International Students - deadline has passed!
  • Personal Statement
  • List of Extracurricular Activities
  • Official High School Transcript (one copy in English and one in the language of origin)
  • Recommendation Form and/or Letter
  • TOEFL score report showing a minimum score of 100 (internet-based test)
  • $60 nonrefundable application fee

 Application Deadline: April 15

Application Deadline: April 1

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:

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.

Admissions Decisions

The application review period begins January 20, 2017. After this date, you can expect to receive an admissions decision by email approximately two weeks after your complete application is submitted online and all application materials are received in the College Prep Program office. Admissions is on a rolling basis. Once admitted students secure their space in the program by submitting their program deposit fee. Please note that admission to the program does not guarantee enrollment.

International Applicants

The College Preparation Program welcomes applications from international students.  International students enrolling in the IN FOCUS Seminars may not be required to apply for a student visa, but may need to obtain a visitor visa to enter the US and participate in the program. Please check with the US Embassy or Consulate in the country where you live to confirm the type of visa you will need.

All international students must present sufficient evidence of ability to speak, read, and write in English through a minimum score of 100 on the internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). You may submit your TOEFL score report when you submit your application.