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Advice for Applicants

Set yourself up for success

We know that questions will come up.

Our staff has compiled some guidance as you prepare for college and complete your application. Use the links below to jump to our advice on various subjects.

Completing Your Application

Northwestern evaluates applications holistically. We seek to develop a contextual understanding of a student based on different sources of information. Read more about components of the Northwestern application below.

  • Standardized test scores
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement and supplemental essays(s)
  • Activity chart
  • Interviews
  • Selecting early or regular decision
  • Applications that may require additional materials
  • Special circumstances
  • Confidentiality and mandated reporting
  • After you click "submit"
Application Advice