Summer Academic Workshop (SAW)

student at the SAW Fair

students at the introduction meeting for SAW

a student's backpack with SAW logo

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.

Apply to Be a SAW Counselor - EXTENDED DEADLINE!

The Summer Academic Program seeks energetic, enthusiastic, Wildcats who are interested in making a positive impact on the incoming students. This is the chance to develop lasting relationships, while helping the students get acclimated to Northwestern University. Counselors will also have the opportunity to enhance leadership skills, develop programming, and work closely with the MSA staff.

To apply, please submit the following:

  • Completed application
  • Unofficial Transcripts
  • List three references and include
    • Name
    • Title
    • Address
    • Phone number
    • Email address

References must include:

  • One Professor
  • One former or current supervisor
  • Please note that undergraduate students are not acceptable forms of reference.


April 24, 2015-SAW counselor applications due
May 1, Candidates selected – interviews scheduled
May 6-7, SAW Interviews
May 11, SAW counselor offers out
May 15, SAW counselor acceptance deadline
Click here for the SAW Counselor Application

Meet the SAW Co-Directors

For general information about SAW, please contact:

  • Louie Lainez
  • Director, Asian/Asian American Student Affairs, Multicultural Student Affairs
  • 847-467-6200

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

Top Ten Reasons to Attend SAW

  1. Enhance your existing strengths in academic writing and preview the Northwestern class experience
  2. Meet upper-class students who will provide you lots of information and great tips for success
  3. Create important connections with knowledgeable faculty, staff, and administrators
  4. Learn about a range of campus resources that will help you excel during your college career
  5. Meet your academic advisor prior to the start of the school year
  6. Experience residence hall living and move into your permanent room earlier than other first-year students
  7. Familiarize yourself with the Northwestern campus and Evanston community
  8. Visit local attractions, including an architectural boat tour in downtown Chicago
  9. Attend your first Northwestern football game
  10. Gain friends that you will keep throughout your time at Northwestern

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