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Northwestern College Preparation Program

Earn College Credit This Summer

Online Courses for Credit


One of the best ways to prepare for college is to get a taste of college life and academics online. Take this opportunity to explore different subjects or get a head start on the major of your dreams. The College Prep Program offers online undergraduate courses for college credit taught by Northwestern faculty and instructors who assume the same level of commitment and involvement from you that they do from college students. The expectations are high, the rewards are long-lasting. Students may enroll in 1, 2, or 3 classes and get a head start on college! In order to be successful in an online class, students must be self-directed, have a high degree of motivation, and excellect time management skills.


For more information on these classes, please see the tentative course listings.

A complete list of online courses will be available on May 11, 2020.

 

Academics

 

  • Courses are flexibly scheduled, ranging from three-week intensive courses in the sciences or languages, and four to ten weeks for most other offerings. You must receive permission from the Summer Session director to enroll in three-week intensive science courses. Also, students may be able to enroll in upper-level courses, subject to prerequisites and permission.
  • As a College Prep student in the credit study option, you will take undergraduate courses with students from Northwestern and other universities. The course credit you earn can be transferred to undergraduate programs at many other universities. Your grades will be available on an official Northwestern transcript, a strong beginning to your academic career.

Please note: College Credit Courses are subject to change without notice

Begin application REQUEST INFORMATION See Available Courses Here

 

Wildcat Community

In this program, you will be part of Northwestern University’s Wildcat community in many ways.  Check out the exciting schedule to learn how you can best prepare for college and meet peers enrolled in Northwestern classes this summer!

 

Typical Day/Week for the Optional Wildcat Community Program

Week One

Time

Monday, July 20

Tuesday, July 21

Wednesday, July 22

Thursday, July 23

Friday, July 24

10:00 – 10:15am CST

Orientation

Opening Day Activity

Opening Day Activity

Opening Day Activity

Opening Day Activity

11:30am – noon CST

Lunch hangout with breakout groups

Lunch hangout with breakout group

Lunch hangout with breakout groups

Lunch hangout with breakout groups

Lunch hangout with breakout groups

1:00 – 1:45pm CST

College Prep: Using your high school years wisely

 

The role of extracurricular activities including competitions and challenges

College Prep: Using your high school years wisely

 

Leadership: Creating and leading a club in your school

 

 

College Prep: Using your high school years wisely

 

Leadership: Giving back through community service

College Prep: Your application

 

Your interview

College Prep:

Writing the essay

 

Different types of applications

1:45 – 2:00pm CST

Closing Activity

Closing Activity

Closing Activity

Closing Activity

Closing Activity

 

Week Two

Time

Monday, July 27

Tuesday, July 28

Wednesday, July 29

Thursday, July 30

Friday, July 31

10:00 – 10:15am CST

Opening Day Activity

Opening Day Activity

Opening Day Activity

Opening Day Activity

Opening Day Activity

11:30am – noon CST

Lunch hangout with breakout groups

Lunch hangout with breakout group

Lunch hangout with breakout groups

Lunch hangout with breakout groups

Lunch hangout with breakout groups

1:00 – 1:45pm CST

College Prep: Admissions

NU Admissions presentation

 

 

 

 

 

College Prep: Admissions

In time of COVID-19

 

Financial Aid

 

 

College Prep: School Choice

University visits

 

Understanding different types of colleges and universities

 

Picking the right college for you

 

College Prep: Student Life

 

Explore identity and privilege

 

Taking advantage of clubs and student life organizations, sororities and fraternities

College Prep: Student Life

 

Budgeting your time and money

 

Resilience and Balance

Dealing with stress and keeping a healthy outlook

1:45 – 2:00pm CST

Closing Activity

Closing Activity

Closing Activity

Closing Activity

Closing Activity

 

 

I chose this program to study on Northwestern’s campus and to see what it is like to be a college student, taking classes, meeting new people, etc. I love the friends that I made and the experience as a whole.”

Gabrielle Gracias, 2016 College Prep student
Gabrielle Gracias

2020 College Preparation Program Dates

Program length is determined by the length of the courses you choose. While most courses begin on June 22, some courses will begin in July. Please be sure to check your course dates and contact the CPP office with any questions.

Program end dates

Course Length

Program Ends

Three-week undergraduate courses  

Saturday, July 11

Four-week undergraduate courses  

Saturday, July 18

Five-week undergraduate courses

Saturday, July 25

Six-week undergraduate courses  

Saturday, August 1

Eight-week undergraduate courses  

Saturday, August 15

Ten-week online undergraduate courses

Saturday, August 29

Three three-week intensive course sequences  

Saturday, August 22

 

 

Rapheal Mathis

Northwestern's College Prep program is something that every high school student should take part in. The experience showed me what college has to offer and provided an amazing chance to meet new people and establish lifelong memories.”

Rapheal Mathis, 2012 College Prep student

Find out more about Northwestern's College Prep program!

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