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Summer Academic Workshop

Summer Academic Workshop

Northwestern University's Summer Academic Workshop (SAW) is a 3-week program taking place right before Wildcat Welcome. SAW is facilitated by Student Enrichment Services, in partnership with the Cook Family Writing Program and the School of Communication. During SAW, participants take part in co-curricular workshops and events curated for first-generation and/or lower-income (FGLI) students. Participants also earn course credit through the Cook Family Writing Program and the School of Communication. All co-curricular workshops and events complement what students learn in class and provide them with a wealth of resources for navigating college life. 

SAW is Completely Free

SAW is an all-cost covered program—including housing, meals, tuition, afternoon workshops, and weekend social opportunities. Students live together in a campus residence hall and experience Northwestern life under the mentorship of six upper-class peer counselors. Participants also move into their permanent residence hall earlier than the regular move-in date for incoming students.  Air travel for students living more than a 3-hour drive (about 150 miles) from campus will be arranged and paid for by SAW. 

Important Dates 

Eligibility Requirements 

SAW centers the experiences of low-income, first generation college students who are:  

Participant Restrictions

Participate in SAW  

Thank you for your interest in SAW! The SAW application is open and will close on Tuesday, June 4th.  Head to the SAW Participant Application page to submit yours.  If you have any immediate questions, please email