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Northwestern to Accept Common Application for Freshman Applicants

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March 29, 2006

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Northwestern University’s Office of Undergraduate Admission announced today (March 30) that it will begin accepting the Common Application from freshman applicants.

Students applying for the 2007-08 academic year will be able to submit the Common Application and a Northwestern Supplement. Northwestern’s institutional application will still be available online.

"In joining the Common Application, our hope is twofold," explains Associate Provost for University Enrollment Michael Mills, “to make the application process a bit easier for students and high school counselors and to increase access to Northwestern, both by reaching students who live in regions of the U.S. and abroad where we're unable to travel consistently as well as those who lack access to the kind of high-quality college counseling that might lead them to apply to Northwestern."

The Common Application is used by 300 colleges and universities and allows students to submit a single form to participating schools. Six of the eight Ivy League schools use the Common Application, including the University of Pennsylvania, which joined this year, and Princeton and Cornell, which joined in 2005.

Students wishing to apply to Northwestern for the 2007-08 academic year will choose one of three methods: Northwestern’s institutional online application; the online Common Application and Northwestern Supplement; or the paper Common Application and a paper version of the Northwestern Supplement. All forms of application will be read in the same manner and will be given full and equal consideration, Mills said.

Deadlines will be the same whether students use the Common Application and Northwestern Supplement or Northwestern’s institutional application. All Early Decision applications are due Nov. 1, 2006, and all Regular Decision applications are due Jan. 1, 2007.

Northwestern received over 18,000 applications this past fall for an expected freshman class of 2,025 in the 2006-07 academic year.

Northwestern will not accept the Common Application for transfer students.

The Common Application membership association was established in 1975 by 15 private colleges that wished to provide a common, standardized first-year application form for use at any member institution.