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Northwestern University Summer Programs

High School Students

Current high school students may not register for Summer Session undergraduate courses unless they are admitted to the College Preparation Programor College Bridge Program.

NU Summer Programs for High School Students

  • College Preparation Program
    Experience college life at Northwestern University this summer in the College Prep Program. High school sophomores and juniors can take undergraduate courses for college credit, or enroll in a two-week IN FOCUS seminar in a special topic area.
  • College Bridge Program
    A select group of high school juniors from Chicago Public Schools are admitted to this program each summer. Each participant may enroll in one undergraduate Summer Session course, for which he or she receives college credit.
  • National High School Institute (Cherubs)
    NHSI has five divisions: Debate, Speech, Journalism, Film & Video Production, and Theatre Arts. Students gain practical college-level experience in their chosen field; interact closely with outstanding faculty; tackle new social and intellectual challenges; and experience campus life with other exceptional high school students.
  • Medill-Northwestern Journalism Institute
  • This in-depth, five-week program is designed for students who have just finished their junior year of high school and wish to become better writers and editors for print, online and broadcast.  Enrollment is limited to 84 and students typically come from as many as 25 states and abroad.  Teachers are top-notch practitioners and distinguished Northwestern faculty.

  • The Center for Talent Development
    CTD offers enrichment programs for academically talented students from PreK through grade 12, facilitating high achievement, self-confidence and a love of learning among participants.
  • Wildcat Sports Camps
    Run by many of the top intercollegiate coaches in the country, Wildcat Sports Camps provide a fun and exciting learning environment for youth of all ages. Campers have the opportunity to learn more about their sport, improve skills and receive guidance from coaches and student athletes alike.

High school graduates who have not been admitted to Northwestern for the fall are considered visiting students. See the procedures for visiting students on this page.

About Mychal Wynn

Mychal Wynn is the Ministry Leader (together with his wife) for the Turner Chapel AME Church Education Ministry, CEO of the Foundation for Ensuring Access and Equity, author, educational consultant, and parent. He speaks nationally on such topics as college planning, scholarships and financial aid, school improvement, parenting, increasing student achievement, and building faith-based partnerships. He has written 27 books (visit for a listing of his publications).
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