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Northwestern University: College Prep Program

One of the best ways for teens 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. Experience the rigor and challenge of Northwestern University — the expectations are high, the rewards are long-lasting.

Students can take two-week IN FOCUS seminars highlighting relevant topics or choose from a variety of three- to six-week courses and earn college credit as part of Northwestern’s Summer Session.

More than 300 Northwestern courses in virtually every academic discipline are open to you...

  • Immerse yourself in Arabic, Chinese, or Italian — and learn what filmmaker Federico Fellini meant when he said that "a different language is a different vision of life."
  • Find yourself discussing the science of climate change, analyzing the psychology of personality or researching the principles of genetics and evolution.
  • Explore a future major in chemistry or history or experiment with something you may not have tried before, like political science or philosophy.
  • 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 teen student, you can enroll in undergraduate courses offered in Northwestern University's Summer Session. 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. 


What draws teens to your program? 

The experience of studying and living on Northwestern’s campus right outside the world-class city of Chicago.

What type of teen attends your program?

Students who want new academic challenges and the experience of college life.

Where do your participants come from?

Participants come from all around the world.

What's a typical day like?

9:00-12:00pm – Class Time
12:00-1:00pm – Lunch with fellow College Prep Students
1:00-pm-3:00pm – Explore campus, the city of Evanston or Chicago
3:00pm-7:00pm –Social and Academic Events for students
7:00pm-10:00pm – Student Check-In , Study Sessions

What should participants expect to learn or take away from your program?

  • Experience college life on Northwestern University’s beautiful lakefront campus
  • Earn valuable college credit in a variety of courses
  • Meet students from around the world
  • Prepare for the college admissions process
  • Explore the world-class city of Chicago

What are past participants saying about your program?

“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, Northwestern College Prep Alumni

Ages: 16-17

Gender: Co-Ed

Type: Overnight/Residential

Physical & Mailing Address:
Northwestern University, The College Preparation Program 405 Church St.
Evanston, IL USA 60208

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By Samantha Wood BRONZE Attleboro, Massachusetts

Beautiful. In that one word, I can sum up the appearance of Northwestern University, located in the college town of Evanston, Ill. However, there is more to...
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