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Northwestern College Preparation Program


Admission Requirements



Application Requirements

US Residents
International Students

Online Application
(Available December 2018)

Online Application
(Available December 2018)

Personal Statement

Personal statement

List of extracurricular activities

List of extracurricular activities

Official high school transcript

Official high school transcript (one copy in English and one in the language of origin)

Recommendation Form and/or letter

Recommendation Form and/or letter

$60 nonrefundable application fee

TOEFL or IELTS score report  (See below for requirements)

$60 nonrefundable application fee

Application Deadline: May 1

Application Deadline: April 1


TOEFL/IELTS Requirement

There is no minimum score required by Northwestern. Competitive applicants demonstrate a high level of English proficiency and often score in the high range on all four sections (Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing) of the TOEFL, or receive IELTS band scores in the highest three bands on the overall and individual scores (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking).

If your first language is English or your schooling has been taught in English please contact the CPP office for further instructions on how to submit your application.


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 7, 2019. After this date, you can expect to receive an admission decision by email approximately two weeks after your completed application is submitted online and all application materials are received to the College Prep Program office.

Admission and residential space in the program is limited and on a rolling basis. 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. 

Course Cancellation Policy

The University reserves the right to cancel classes when necessary, including those for which registration is not sufficient.
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