December 1Audition registration deadline (Music applicants only)
Applicants to the Bienen School of Music must register online for an audition.
January Test DateStandardized testing
Take whichever standardized test best suits you. Submit SAT Subject Test Scores to demonstrate additional areas of academic strength.
Use Northwestern school code 1565 (SAT) or 1106 (ACT) to have your SAT Reasoning Test or ACT with writing sent directly to us.
Two SAT Subject Tests are recommended.
January 1 (by 11:59 pm applicant's local time)Regular Decision Application deadline
The following must be submitted: Common Application (with an additional "Why Northwestern" written response encouraged), secondary school report (includes high school transcript and counselor recommendation letter), teacher recommendation, required standardized test scores and a nonrefundable application fee of $75.
If you’re admitted, and your family has provided the College Scholarship Service Financial Aid Profile (CSS Profile), you will be notified of your financial aid award details within one week of the release of your admission decision.
May 1Enrollment decision and tuition deposit
To confirm your place in the first-year class, you must submit nonrefundable tuition and housing deposits.