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Preview Student Life

Give us an hour or give us a day.

Attend a class

One way to sample Northwestern's academic environment is to observe a class. Each quarter, we approve a list of more than a hundred courses for prospective students to visit. Note that class visits are not available during the first two weeks of the quarter, on weekends, holidays, summer or during reading/exam weeks. Below are two PDF versions of the schedule, one intended for electronic viewing and the other for print.

Winter 2018 Class Visit Schedule - Online

Winter 2018 Class Visit Schedule - Print


Purple Preview

To fully experience academic and student life at Northwestern, consider spending the day shadowing a current student. From 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., you'll attend classes, explore campus, grab lunch, tour a dorm and ask all of your questions about life at Northwestern. End your day back at the Segal Visitors Center where you and your family can speak with an Admissions counselor about the admission process and ask any lingering questions. 

Purple Preview is available to current high school juniors and seniors on select weekdays during the academic year, on a space-available basis. We need some time to arrange your visit, so please register online at least one week in advance and note that you cannot register for both a Purple Preview and an Individual Overnight Visit. 

Register for Purple Preview

Individual Overnight Visits

Need to sleep on it? Current high school juniors and seniors can request an overnight stay in a residence hall with a current student host. Overnight Visits are available on select Mondays throughout the year, on a space-available basis. 

Overnight requests should be made at least one week in advance, through this website only. Should you have further questions concerning our Overnight program, please feel free to contact our office by phone or email. Please note, requests for an Overnight Visit cannot be made via phone and you also cannot register for both an Individual Overnight Visit and Purple Preview.

Register for an Individual Overnight Visit 

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