Summer Academic Workshop (SAW)

SAW 2010 students

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.

Recent SAW Classes:

Meet the SAW Co-Directors

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

Apply to be a SAW 2013 Counselor!

We are now accepting applications for the SAW 2013 Counselor position! Click on the links below to see a Powerpoint presentation about becoming a Counselor; review the formal job description; and download the application.

Top Ten Reasons to Attend SAW

  1. SAW Students on a boat rideEnhance 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

Photo Gallery

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