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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. 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.

For more information on these classes please reference our course listings from 2020. A complete list of 2021 courses will be available in January.



  • 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



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!


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, former College Prep student


Read what some of last year's College Prep students thought about the online experience.

Gabrielle Gracias

2021 College Prep-College Credit Dates

Program length is determined by the length of the courses you choose. While most courses begin on June 21, some courses will begin in July. Please be sure to check your course dates and contact the CPP office with any questions.


Find out more about Northwestern's College Prep program!

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