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Optional Summer and Fall Opportunities

Your first year at Northwestern is a unique time, and several optional programs are offered this summer and in the fall to help you make the most of it. Most programs have application deadlines at the end of May or in June, so act soon! Visit the program websites for the most up-to-date information.

Summer Academic Programs

The four summer academic programs are built to prepare students for Northwestern—specifically students who are the first in their family to attend college, who come from lower-income backgrounds, or who did not have access to AP/IB-level preparation in high school. The programs are held remotely, vary in length and focus, and require no fees. 

Summer academic program information with deadlines and dates.
Program Dates Apply By
Bio&ChemEXCEL
Open to new Weinberg College students, this five-week program offers preparation for the first-year science and premed curricula.
6/20–7/23 5/24
Bridge
The five-week Bridge program introduces Weinberg and Medill students to how scholars across disciplines ask and answer questions. The program’s first half teaches the quantitative and critical thinking skills essential to the sciences, humanities, and social sciences. In the second half, students choose one of four opportunities to apply these skills.
8/8–9/10 5/31
Hodge EXCEL Scholars Program
The Melville and Jane Hodge EXCEL Scholars program is an academic summer program for incoming freshmen to the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science at Northwestern University. Participants are selected for their high school accomplishments, leadership skills, and demonstrated commitment to diversity issues.
6/21–7/23 5/24
Summer Academic Workshop
Students who complete the three-week SAW program strengthen their writing skills—earning credit for one 100-level English writing course in the process—and gain key insights and resources for successfully navigating Northwestern. Through SAW's partnership with the School of Communication, students will explore research and creative expression at the intersections of communication studies, performance, and activism at Northwestern and in Chicago.
8/22–9/23 5/31


Fall Academic Program: SESP Leadership Institute (SLI)

Fall academic program information with deadlines and dates.
Program Dates Apply By
SLI: School of Education and Social Policy Leadership Institute
SLI is a 2-credit program that centers the experiences of first-generation and/or lower-income students. SLI encourages students to draw on their histories to inform their writings and academic pursuits and shape their communities at Northwestern and beyond.
Duration of fall quarter 9/1

A Note about Health and Safety

The safety of our students is our top priority. The dates and details above are subject to change as Northwestern follows local, state, and federal health directives and guidelines. Students will be notified of changes via Purple Prep emails throughout the summer.