Northwestern University (IL)

Northwestern University (IL)

Common Application



Early Decision: Nov. 1, 2016 
Regular Decision: Jan. 1, 2017 

Essay Questions: 

Common Application Essays:

The essay demonstrates your ability to write clearly and concisely on a selected topic and helps you distinguish yourself in your own voice. What do you want the readers of your application to know about you apart from courses, grades, and test scores? Choose the option that best helps you answer that question and write an essay of no more than 650 words, using the prompt to inspire and structure your response. Remember: 650 words is your limit, not your goal. Use the full range if you need it, but don't feel obligated to do so. (The application won't accept a response shorter than 250 words.)

l   Some students have a background or story that is so central to their identity that they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please          share your story.

l   The lessons we take from failure can be fundamental to later success. Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn             from the experience?

l   Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?

l   Describe a problem you've solved or a problem you'd like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma-anything that is of personal                        importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.

l   Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.


Supplemental Essay Questions:

l   Northwestern Statement: 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? (300 word maximum)

Documents Required:
  • $75 Application Fee or Waiver 
  • Official score reports from the SAT or ACT
  • Official score reports for 3 SAT Subject Tests (highly recommended)
  • Official score reports from TOEFL
  • Secondary School Report (includes high school transcript and counselor recommendation letter)
  • Mid-Year School Report 
  • 1 Teacher Evaluation
  • International Supplement to the Secondary School Report  

Other Information:

Address: Office of Undergraduate Admission
               Northwestern University
               1801 Hinman Avenue 
               Evanston, IL 60208, USA

Phone: 847-491-7271 (Admissions Office) 
Application Info:

SAT/TOEFL Code: 1565
ACT Code: 1106