Northwestern University



per email dated 9/28/2020


We will be rolling out prospective student events for the Midwest including sessions on how to develop a college list, determining financial fit and explaining what a holistic review process looks like. On our website you can find a Midwest-specific list of events that will continue to be updated in the coming weeks. 

Best regards,

Kimberley, Jackie, Chris and Fritz


Will choosing to include or not include testing in an application affect scholarship opportunities?

Northwestern does not award its scholarships based on academic merit so there should be no concerns about testing impacting financial aid. We offer financial aid based on need, and commit to meeting 100% of a student’s demonstrated need loan-free. Read more about how we allocate financial aid here

What resources are available for students who identify as first-generation?

A great starting point is our Student Enrichment Services department. SES partners with FGLI students – pronounced figly – who are first-generation, lower-income, and/or DACA/Undocumented. SES works with these students to foster identity development, navigate campus resources, and build community. Through campus-wide partnerships and advocacy, SES strives to build an inclusive Northwestern community that is welcoming, supportive, and accessible for all students.

Additionally, check out Northwestern’s “I’m First” campaign, which launched in 2018 and aims to celebrate and embrace the first-generation experience.

What resources are available for students who identify as low-income?

As mentioned above, Student Enrichment Services is a great resource for students who identify as low-income. 

For your students that may apply through QuestBridge, a program meant to connect high-achieving low-income students to partner institutions, know that Northwestern has a thriving QuestBridge community on campus through the student organization Quest+.

Finally, see a comprehensive list here of resources for low-income (and first-generation) students on campus, including how to receive funding support in various scenarios. 

What resources are available for students that identify across marginalized ethnic or racial backgrounds?

Northwestern offers a variety of resources for students based on identity, so we encourage you to begin learning about them via our Multicultural Student Affairs website. Multicultural Student Affairs (MSA) enriches the cultural experience of Northwestern through leadership and education programming; providing opportunities for community engagement and identity expression; and assisting students in navigating the University.

There are also physical spaces available on campus for students to attend events at, organize at, and/or just relax at including The Multicultural Center and The Black House. 

Between official MSA programming, physical campus spaces, several student affinity organizations, and University-wide programming during cultural heritage months, there are several ways students can feel supported and seen based on their ethnic or racial identity. 

How will pass/fail grades from the spring impact your review process?

We always look to a high school’s own metrics for relative academic rigor and performance rather than imposing our own standards. Additionally, high school counselors will have an opportunity on this year’s application to describe any grade/transcript changes in response to the pandemic.

Our holistic review process always foregrounds context, so we are well prepared to assess applications fairly in light of the many challenges and disruptions students have faced in recent months.

Is our team available to speak to students one-on-one?

Each member of our team is still individually responsible for their respective states in terms of recruitment, and fall recruitment planning is ongoing across our team. To see the latest list of events available for your students to connect with us, please check our Midwest-specific list of events here.

Additionally, students may always reach out to us via email or call our main line at 847-491-7271 to speak to a director on duty. 

For additional frequently asked questions regarding changes to this year’s admission cycle, be sure to check out our COVID-19 FAQs.

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