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Summer Academic Workshop (SAW)

Check back in May to meet the new Counselors!Summer Academic Workshop Class of 2011, click to enlarge

Prior to Wildcat Welcome (orientation week), MSA and the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education present a two-week program that provides new students with an opportunity to strengthen writing skills across the university curriculum and develop a supportive social network for the next four years. Since 1966, SAW has invited over 1,400 students to campus.

Click here for past SAW classes

Tamara Johnson Cropped PicFor general information about SAW, please contact:

Dr. Tamara A. Johnson
Executive Director, Multicultural Student Affairs

Charles YarnoffFor specific information about the academic programs offered during SAW,
please contact:

Dr. Charles Yarnoff
Distinguished Senior Lecturer, Writing Program

Top Ten Reasons to Attend SAWSAW Class of 2011 on Chicago Boat Tour, click to enlarge

  1. Enhance your existing strengths in academic writing and preview the Northwestern classroom experience 
  2. Meet first year students in your SAW 2010 class as well as upper-class students
  3. Create important connections with knowledgeable staff, faculty, and administrators
  4. Explore a range of campus resources that will help you to excel in your college endeavors
  5. Participate in workshops related to career development, leadership training and student activities
  6. Meet your academic adviser to discuss fall quarter course selections and your program of study
  7. Familiarize yourself with the Northwestern Campus and Evanston community before school begins
  8. Visit Chicago area attractions such as the Field Museum, Six Flags Amusement Park, and Navy Pier
  9. Engage in community Service initiatives in ways that benefit others
  10. Gain friends that you will keep throughout your college career at Northwestern