Northwestern University Admissions


About the University

Northwestern University, also known as NU is a private research university founded in 1851 and has campuses in Chicago and Evanston in Illinois. The university provides education to 8,400 undergraduates and around 11,000 post graduates. NU is best known for its research institutions, such as the Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics, Northwestern Institute for Complex Systems, Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center, and the Initiative for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern.

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Admission To-Do List

  • Common Application and Writing Supplement
  • Secondary School Report (includes high school transcript and counselor recommendation letter)
  • Required Standardized Test Scores
  • Supplemental Forms
  • Online Application
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Transcripts
  • Letter of Recommendation
  • Admission requirements vary from program to program


Writing Supplement:
"What are the unique qualities of Northwestern - and of the specific undergraduate school to which you are applying - that make you want to attend the University? In what ways do you hope to take advantage of the qualities you have identified?" See more

Our Sample

Application Deadlines

March 15
Fall, Undergraduate
October 1
Winter, Undergraduate

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Advice on Personal Statement for Northwestern University Admissions

When preparing to write your Northwestern University personal statement, make sure to take time to brainstorm and select 1-2 themes you feel are the strongest. Start on this early because it is really effective to write a rough draft and put it away for a while and then come back to it. It is important to read the topic you plan to write about and make sure you write an essay based on that topic. Make is personal but not too personal. Make sure to answer why the school should choose you. Watch out for spelling/grammar errors and don't use the essay to write a resume.