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Northwestern College Preparation Program


The 2020 College Prep Application is now open!

Admission Requirements

Application Requirements

Domestic Students
US Citizen
Permanent US Resident (Non US Citizen)
Temporary US Resident or DACA
International Students

Online Application (Domestic)

$60 Non-refundable Application Fee

Online Application (International)

$60 Non-refundable Application Fee

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

TOEFL or IELTS Not Required

TOEFL or IELTS score report  (See below for requirements)

Early App Deadline: April 1
Application Deadline: May 1

Application Deadline: April 1


Early Application Deadline
Applying early? Our most popular seminars fill up fast. Take advantage of our early application deadline to apply before spots are filled!

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. All transcripts must contain at least three semesters' worth of grades to be evaluated by the admissions committee.

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.

Admission Decisions

The application review period begins January 13, 2020. 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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