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Application Requirements

Required materials for first-year and transfer applicants.

The checklists below outline the basic requirements for applying to Northwestern.

In addition to compiling the required materials, be sure to note important application dates and deadlines for Early Decision Applicants, Regular Decision Applicants, Transfer Applicants and International Applicants

You may also wish to refer to our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

First-year applicants

Transfer applicants

*As a member of the new Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success, Northwestern will begin accepting the Coalition Application beginning in fall 2016. Check out this introductory video to learn about the Coalition application, as well as the Coalition’s free college planning tool. We will also continue to accept the Common Application. For those wondering which application to use: We have absolutely no preference. You should choose whichever application best suits your individual circumstances—just be sure you submit only one of these two applications to Northwestern. Click here for more application FAQ’s.

†We review test scores slightly differently between the ACT and the SAT. For students taking the ACT, we use the highest official composite score that you choose to report. For students taking the SAT, we will simply add together your highest scores in the Critical Reading and Math categories to make a higher total score. This is the only area in which we create a “superscore” for applicants. You may use Score Choice to select which official SAT scores we receive.

‡We want to make sure that application fees do not pose a barrier for any student who wishes to apply for admission. If you meet one of the indicators for economic need, you can request an application fee waiver through the Common Application Fee Waiver or through the Coalition Application, either of which will waive the Northwestern application fee. If you do not meet the indicators identified but the application fee still poses a hardship, have your school counselor email ug-admission@northwestern.edu to request a Northwestern-specific fee waiver. Please ask your counselor to include your full name, date of birth, email address, and Common Application or Coalition Application ID in the email. Additonally, students who are residents of Evanston and Chicago automatically receive a fee waiver, which can be accessed through the school-specific fee waiver question on Northwestern's member page of the respective applications. 

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