Northwestern University

 

National College Match Requirements for:

Finalists who rank Northwestern

Please submit these materials as soon as you are notified you are a Finalist.

College Match Required Application Materials
DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 1

1

Common Application or Coalition Application and all supporting documents

Submitting the Northwestern Writing Supplement is highly encouraged. There is no preference over which of the two applications is submitted, but only submit one, not both.

Submit along with official transcripts, Secondary School Report, and one teacher recommendation (additional teacher recommendations are allowed but not required).

You are encouraged to reuse your QuestBridge essays. You are also encouraged to ask the same teacher to submit the same recommendation for the Common Application or Coalition Application.

Select the "Regular Decision" option on the Common Application or Coalition Application (not "Early Decision").

On the Northwestern Questions section of the Common Application or Coalition Application, under school-specific fee waivers, select "Yes, affiliation with a community based organization".

Official transcripts can be submitted via the Common App or Coalition App online, or mailed to the Admissions Office (see Contact Information below).

2

Official Test Scores
SAT code: 1565
ACT code: 1106

Northwestern requires the SAT or the ACT (Writing not required).

If official test scores are included on your official high school transcript, you do not need to submit any additional test score information to Northwestern.

If official test scores are not included on your official high school transcript, please request official score reports from the College Board and/or ACT. Do NOT use the rush reporting service.

SAT Subject Tests are optional for most undergraduate applicants. Learn more.

3

Official Transcripts

Official transcripts can be submitted via the Common Application or Coalition Application online or mailed to the Admissions Office (see Contact Information below).

4

2018-2019
CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE
CSS code: 1565
Available: Oct. 1

If your parents own a business or farm:

  • Submit the CSS Financial Aid/PROFILE Business/Farm Supplement.

If your parents are divorced or separated:

  • Your noncustodial parent must submit the online Noncustodial PROFILE using the login ID and password that will be emailed to you when you complete the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE.
  • Your noncustodial parent must also submit copies of their 2016 federal tax returns with all schedules, attachments, W-2 Forms, and other earnings statements. Submit directly to Northwestern using this cover sheet.
  • If you do not have any contact with your noncustodial parent, then you may submit a request to waive the requirement of their financial information. Download the Noncustodial Parent Waiver Petition.

5

A copy of your parents’ 2016 federal income tax returns

Signed, with all schedules, attachments, W-2 forms and other earning statements. Include personal and corporate partnership tax returns. Submit directly to Northwestern using this cover sheet.

Submit via College Board IDOC Service. 

Options following the Match

Early Decision

Finalists who ranked Northwestern for the College Match (excluding School of Music applicants) and did not match to a binding college partner may be considered for Early Decision. Interested applicants must email questbridge@northwestern.edu to indicate they wish to be considered for Early Decision no later than two days after the release of College Match decisions. An email from the QB liaison will be sent to confirm receipt and will contain further instructions on how to proceed with Early Decision.  Be aware that Early Decision is binding. 

Finalists who did not rank any colleges may apply Early Decision to Northwestern by November 1. 

Regular Decision

All Finalists who rank Northwestern for the College Match, but did not match to a binding college will automatically have their applications moved to the Regular Decision process.  Please submit any relevant updates to ug-admissions@northwestern.edu.

If you no longer wish to be considered, you must contact the Admissions Office to withdraw your application at: ug-admissions@northwestern.edu.

Regular Decision Requirements:

Step 1: Select Northwestern on the QuestBridge Regular Decision Form on your Application Management page between November 6 - December 11. Only check the box if you fully intend to submit a complete application to Northwestern (including all of the materials detailed in the table below).

Step 2: Submit all additional required application and financial materials to Northwestern according to your status by the deadlines listed below. 

Information for Non-Finalists

indicates a required material

Regular Decision Required Application Materials
DEADLINE: JANUARY 1

 

Finalists who ranked Northwestern and submitted all materials (but did not match to a binding college)

Finalists who did not rank Northwestern

Common Application or Coalition Application and all supporting documents

Official Transcripts

Update including recent grades

Official Test Scores
SAT code: 1565
ACT code: 1106

Only if new scores to report, and only if scores do not appear on high school transcript


Only if scores do not appear on high school transcript

Midyear Report

When available from your high school

When available from your high school

Application Fee

On the Northwestern Questions section of the Common App or Coalition App, under school-specific fee waiver, select "Yes, affiliation with a community based organization."

On the Northwestern Questions section of the Common App or Coalition App, under school-specific fee waiver, select "Yes, affiliation with a community based organization."

Regular Decision Required Financial Aid Materials
DEADLINES: SEE BELOW

 

Finalists who ranked Northwestern and submitted all materials (but did not match to a binding college)

Finalists who did not rank Northwestern

2018-2019
CSS/FinancialAid PROFILE

CSS code: 1565
Available: Oct. 1
Deadline: Feb. 15

 

2016 Federal Tax Returns and W-2
Forms

Deadline: Mar. 5

 

2018-2019 FAFSA
Available: Oct. 1
Deadline: Feb. 15

If not submitted during the College Match

Contact Information 

Contact Information (for submitting materials):

If mailing forms or official transcripts, mail to:
Office of Undergraduate Admission
Northwestern University
1801 Hinman Avenue
Evanston, IL 60208-1260

If emailing, send to: ug-admission@northwestern.edu

Mail or fax federal income tax returns and other financial aid documents to (only if submitting updated forms after using College Board IDOC Service):
Office of Undergraduate Financial Aid
Northwestern University
1801 Hinman Avenue
Evanston, IL 60208-3060
Fax: (847) 491-5969

 

Northwestern Contacts (regarding QuestBridge applications and general questions):
Antonia Garcia, Senior Assistant Director of Admission
Email: questbridge@northwestern.edu


Office of Undergraduate Admissions
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