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Northwestern College Preparation Program

Earn College Credit This Summer

Courses for Credit

One of the best ways to prepare for college is to get a taste of college life and academics. Take this opportunity to explore different subjects or get a head start on the major of your dreams. The College Prep Program offers 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.

  • Courses are flexibly scheduled, ranging from three-week intensive courses in the sciences or languages, and four to eight 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

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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

The program begins on Sunday, June 21, 2020 with an orientation. Program length is determined by the length of the courses you choose.

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

*Three three-week intensive course sequences  

Saturday, August 22


*Please note that the College Prep Program can provide housing for Residential Students up to six weeks only. Students must be commuters for the eight-week undergraduate courses and three three-week intensive course sequences. 

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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*Please note that the following courses are a reflection of summer 2019. Summer 2020 courses will be available in early January 2020.
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