College Prep FAQs

General QuestionsApplication Academic Life


General Questions

What COVID-19 protocols and practices will be in place for the summer 2022? 
The health and safety of our students and staff are of utmost importance to us.  CPP will follow university COVID-19 guidelines.  We will provide updated and current information about specific protocol and practices as summer 2022 approaches.  

When will the application system open? 
The application system for summer 2022 will open December 6, 2021. The list of courses for credit will be updated January, 2022 for summer 2022. 

What is the cost of the program? 
Tuition differs for College Preparation Program credit courses and e-FOCUS seminars. Visit the Cost & Aid page for details on tuition. 

Are there any scholarships or financial aid available?  
Our scholarship and financial aid options have closed as of Mach 1, 2022. 
Will participation in the College Preparation Program affect my chances of getting into Northwestern University? 
While successful enrollment in college-level courses is a great head-start to your college career, many facets of your application will contribute to your acceptance to college. Participation in the CPP is one of the many pieces of your application profile; it alone does not guarantee your acceptance to Northwestern University. 
If I have an obligation that requires me to be away from campus during part of the College Preparation Program, may I still attend?  
College credit courses only meet from three to ten weeks, during which professors cover a quarter's worth of information. As a result, missing even one class meeting could be detrimental to your final grade.  You are expected to contact the CPP office and your instructor if you have a conflict with any class while you are in the CPP program. Other summertime commitments should be scheduled for before or after the College Prep Program. 
Who else takes classes in the summer? 
College Prep students enrolled in college credit courses take undergraduate courses with other Northwestern and visiting university students during the summer. Only high school College Prep students enroll in the e-FOCUS Seminars. 

How safe is Northwestern? 
Throughout the day, there is largely no security threat at Northwestern's Evanston campus. This is because, not only are students everywhere - from the lakefill to the walkways of the main road through campus, Sheridan - but 'blue-light' emergency telephones fast alert Northwestern police if there is any problem. These phones are conveniently located at several key locations on campus. At night, the police take extra measures to guarantee safety to students, embarking on more numerous patrols through the campus. 


How many students participated in the College Preparation Program last year? 
Last summer, the CPP welcomed 457 students from around the country and the world to our e-FOCUS courses.  Summer 2022 brings us back to campus and we have increased our IN FOCUS offerings to welcome approximately 400 students to campus.

Application Questions

Who may apply?  
Credit students are open to rising Juniors and Seniors. e-FOCUS seminars are open to rising Sophomore, Juniors, and Seniors. Information on application requirements is here. 
When is the application deadline? 
There are different application deadlines for international students, domestic students applying for financial aid, and domestic students who are not applying for financial aid. There is also a late application period. Early applications are encouraged if you wish to avoid being waitlisted. 
Will I be notified if my application is incomplete? 
Yes. Students will receive an email after an online application is submitted as to whether they are missing any supplemental materials to complete their full application.  
How soon will I know if I have been accepted? 
After the admissions committee begins reviewing applications in January, you will receive an email of the admission decision approximately 3-4 weeks of receipt of your completed application online and all application materials are received to the College Prep Program office. During busy times, the admissions decision may take up to 6 weeks to inform you of the decision. Admission to the program is 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.

Academic Life

What courses may I take?  
College Prep students may enroll in college credit courses, or intensive e-FOCUS Seminars. All courses are taught by Northwestern faculty and instructors who look forward to the same level of commitment and involvement from you that they do from the rest of Northwestern’s student body. 
Generally, CPP participants may take any 100 or 200 level college credit courses — and some 300 level courses — offered on the Evanston or Chicago campuses. College credit courses are available in virtually any subject area. The e-Focus seminars are designed for students who want an intensive learning experience in a specific subject area such as sustainability, global justice, or pre-law. 
How many courses may I take?  
You are not limited to the number of courses you wish to take, but we do recommend a maximum of three courses be taken over the summer.  You may also enroll in only one course if you wish. 

Where is the bookstore and when can I buy books?  
For college credit courses, you can buy your textbooks at the university bookstores when you arrive or pre-order and pay for books online, and then pick them up when you arrive on campus. Some textbooks may also be available through online vendors. Prices vary, but we recommend that you plan for at least $100 for each class (more for science texts) if you plan to purchase course materials after you arrive. If your class is taught in Evanston, you will purchase your books from the Norris University Center bookstore (847-491-3990). If your class is taught in Chicago, you will purchase your books from the Abbott Hall bookstore (312-503-8486). 

Campus Life

Will I be able to live on campus during my summer 2022 program? 
Residential housing is not available for summer 2022. 

Where can I worship? 
Please visit Northwestern's Religious Life page for information on religious life at Northwestern University. 
Can I bring my car? 
In-person credit students may use their cars to travel to and from campus but may not transport other CPP participants. Students must purchase their own parking passes from the Evanston Campus Parking office.  
How big is the campus? 
Northwestern University is located on a 240-acre campus in Evanston, the first suburb north of Chicago. 

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