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

Junior Year

  • 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 or
  • Meet with University of Northwestern Admissions representatives when they visit your high school.
  • Visit Northwestern's booth at local college fairs.

Senior Year

Fall Semester

  • 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!