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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 on our Application Options page. You may also wish to refer to our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

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First-year applicants

You can also download a list of these requirements. 

Transfer applicants

*As a member of the new Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success, Northwestern accepts the Coalition Application. 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. Read more application FAQs.

†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 (1) Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and (2) 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.

Applicants requiring additional materials

Some applications may require materials in addition to an application for undergraduate admission. Below, you will find a list of requirements for Bienen School of Music, Honors Program in Medical Education (HPME), homeschool applicants, Integrated Science Program (ISP), Mathematical Methods in Social Sciences (MMSS) and School of Communication's Musical Theater Program. For questions pertaining to the content of submission of supplemental application material, please contact the corresponding office directly. 

Bienen School of Music

In addition to an application for undergraduate admission all undergraduate applicants to the Bienen School of Music must register for an audition with the Bienen School of Music. If required, prescreening recordings/materials will be uploaded during the registration process.

Supplement materials:

See instructions and deadlines for submitting the supplement. Please note that auditions may have deadlines prior to those of the general application for admission.

Honors Program in Medical Education (HPME)

In order to apply to HPME, an application request form must be submitted. The HPME application form is available through undergraduate admissions. 

Supplement materials:

HPME application request form considerations:

HPME application considerations:

See instructions and deadlines for the application process. 

Homeschool

In addition to an application for undergraduate admission homeschooled students must submit three SAT Subject Exams in different subject areas.

Integrated Science Program (ISP)

Students who wish to apply to the Integrated Science Program must also complete an ISP application using the online application.

The application processes to Northwestern and to ISP are separate. Admission to Northwestern is not a guarantee of admission to the ISP and the status of your ISP application will not affect your Northwestern general acceptance decision. 

Supplement materials:

ISP application considerations:

See instructions and deadlines for submitting the supplement. 

Mathematical Methods in the Social Sciences (MMSS)

Students who wish to apply to the Mathematical Methods in the Social Sciences program must also complete an MMSS application using the online application

The application processes to Northwestern and to MMSS are separate. Admission to Northwestern is not a guarantee of admission to the MMSS and the status of your MMSS application will not affect your Northwestern general acceptance decision. 

MMSS application considerations:

School of Communication applicants to the Music Theatre Certificate Program

Students applying to the Northwestern University School of Communication Theatre Major who are interested in pursuing admittance to the Northwestern University Music Theatre Certificate Program are encouraged to submit an optional Music Theatre Supplement.

Students who are interested in Music Theatre and are applying to the Bienen School of Music do not need to submit this Music Theatre Supplement. Bienen School of Music Voice Majors must audition for the program after their first quarter of study. 

Supplement materials:

See instructions and deadlines for submitting the supplement.

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