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Northwestern University - 2017

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Institution Information

General Admissions

Entrance Requirements and Recommendations


The Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, the Medill School of Journalism, the School of Education and Social Policy, the Bienen School of Music and the School of Communication require that entering students complete a minimum of 16 courses (most applicants present more) in the following academic areas:
English: 4 full-year courses
Foreign language: a minimum of 2 full-year courses of one foreign language
History and social science: a minimum of 2 full-year courses
Laboratory science: a minimum of 2 full-year courses
Mathematics: a minimum of 3 full-year courses
Additional subjects: 1-3 full-year courses in the academic areas listed above

The McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science encourages strong preparation in mathematics and science. Recommended coursework includes:
English: 4 full-year courses
Laboratory science: a minimum of 3 full-year courses; chemistry and physics preferred
Mathematics: 3.5-4 full-year courses; calculus preferred, if available; the minimum requirement includes 2 full-year courses of algebra, 1 full-year course of plane geometry and 1 semester of trigonometry
Additional subjects: 5-6 full-year courses; these should include courses in foreign language, history and social sciences


High School courses English (4 years), Foreign Language (3 years), History/Social Studies (3 years), Electives (2 years), CEEB Achievement Tests in English Composition, Math level I or II, and either Physics or Chemistry