Guide for High School Students
Recommended High School Curriculum
- 4 years of English
- 3 years of math
- 3 years of natural science
- 3 years of social science
- 2 years of foreign language*
*Students who complete 3 years of one foreign language (average of B- or better) during high school qualify for a Bachelor of Arts degree.
How to prepare for college in your. . .
Freshman/Sophomore Year of High School
- Check out post-secondary options and PSEO through Northwestern's Early College to earn college credit.
- Attend one of Northwestern's visit events or schedule a personal visit on campus.
- Take part in leadership activities at your church, school and in your community.
- Take the ACT and/or SAT assessment exam in the spring.
- Research scholarship opportunities through your church, school, community and on the web at fastweb.com or salliemae.com.
- Meet with University of Northwestern Admissions representatives when they visit your high school.
- Visit Northwestern's booth at local college fairs.
- Fill out the application for admission (applications will be reviewed starting September 1 of your senior year).
- Take the ACT and/or SAT assessment test, and have your scores sent to Northwestern. Our college code is #2138 for the ACT and #6489 for the SAT.
- Attend one of Northwestern's visit events or set up a personal appointment on campus.
- Meet with University of Northwestern Admissions representatives at your high school.
- Attend financial aid workshops at your high school (check with your guidance office for more details).
Winter (or after you've been admitted)
Send checks payable to “University of Northwestern” to:
Office of Admissions
University of Northwestern
3003 Snelling Avenue North
St Paul, MN 55113-1598
- Complete housing form on theROCK (you will receive user name and password from the admissions office).
- Receive registration information and paperwork, and complete the required forms online.
- Submit the Appointment Request form for Summer Preparation Days, and select a date to meet a faculty advisor and register for Fall semester classes.
- Receive financial aid package and accept, appeal or decline financial aid offer by May 1.
Summer—you've finished high school!
- Attend your selected Summer Preparation Day to register for classes, meet with a faculty advisor, get your student ID card, and connect with the Student Development staff.
- Receive information about your housing assignment and contact information for your new roommates.
- Receive information about New Student Orientation which takes place mid-August.
- Get REALLY excited about coming to Northwestern in a few short weeks!