Summer Academic Workshop (SAW)

students at saw orientation

saw classroom

saw student in class

Northwestern University's Summer Academic Workshop (SAW) is a three-week program designed to equip students with the tools to thrive at Northwestern. Students will earn credit for one (1) English 100 writing course designed to strengthen their writing skills, and gain key insights and resources to help them successfully navigate the university. 

SAW is Completely Free!

Housing, meals, and social activities are completely covered through the Office of the Provost. Students and families are only expected to pay for personal items and transportation* to campus.

*One-way airfare is provided to participants living more than five hours from the Chicagoland area. Participants living within five hours of the Chicagoland area who need transportation support should contact Robert Brown.  

Important Dates

  • August 20, 2017 - SAW Move-in Date
  • August 21, 2017 - First day of SAW
  • September 10, 2017 - SAW Program Concludes
  • September 11, 2017  - Wildcat Welcome

Housing & Meals

Students will live together in a traditional campus residence hall and experience Northwestern life under the mentorship of six upperclass peer counselors. As a participant, you will also have the opportunity to move into your permanent residence hall earlier than the regular move-in date for incoming students. All meals are provided during the program.

Apply to Participate in SAW

If you are intersted in participating in SAW, please complete the application here. The deadline for applying is May 29, 2017

You should be prepared to answer the following questions before starting the application: 

  1. Why do you want to particpant in SAW? How do you believe the program will benefit you academically and personally? 
  2. Tell us about a challenging time in your life that you were able to overcome. How do you believe that experience will help you be successful at Northwestern? 
  3. Besides graduation, what is one thing you hope to do or achieve at Northwestern? This could be anything from making new friends, to particpating in research, or any other experience that would be important to you.

Meet the SAW Co-Directors

Robert Brown, Contact for general information about SAW
Director, Social Justice Education 
robert.brown2@northwestern.edu | 847-467-6357

Charly Yarnoff, Contact for specific information about the academic programs offered during SAW
Distinguished Senior Lecturer, Writing Program
csy771@northwestern.edu847-491-4965

Meet the SAW Counselors! - Coming Soon!

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