2010 Northwestern University transfer

Common App


Transfer Deadline
  • May 1 (F and Int'l applicants, applicants to Medill School of Journalism and the Theatre and Radio/Television/Film departments within the School of Communication, and to McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science, and to The Bienen School of Music)   
  • Nov. 1 (W and applicants to the Bienen School of Music)
  • Feb. 1 (Sp);
  • May (S)
Essay Questions
Common Apps
  • Please briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities or work experiences in the space below (150 words or fewer, 1000 character maximum). 
  • Please provide a statement (250 words minimum) that addresses your reasons for transferring and the objectives you hope to achieve.
  • Include any additional information that you would like to provide regarding special circumstances, additional qualifications, etc. (1000 characters)
  • (Required) What are the unique qualities of Northwestern - and of the specific undergraduate school to which you are applying - that make you want to attend the University? In what ways do you hope to take advantage of the qualities you have identified?
  • (Statement on Research, Optional) 
     If you have done any research or independent study outside of school, please include an abstract or summary of your work.
  • Returning Adult Personal Statement (Returning adult applicants only)
    How have the concept and value of education changed for you since you were a teenager? 
  • SAT I or ACT: recommended
  • SAT II: 3
  • Recommendation letter(s): 1
  • Minimum credits
  • Others
    • One full academic year (24 semester hours or 36 quarter hours) at a postecondary institution
    • Applicants with 2 yr + undergraduate work elsewhere are discouraged from applying. 
    • Admission to Medill School of Journalism and the Theatre and Radio/Television/Film departments within the School of Communication is highly competitive; thus transfer applicants preparing to begin their sophomore year will receive preference over applicants who have completed more than one year of college study.
  • Documents
    • Official secondary school transcript(s) (*A secondary school report is required to returning adults only.)
    • Official university transcript(s)
    • College Official's Report
    • Academic Professor/Instructor Recommendation ( 2 rec.s for returning adults)
    • Required Standardized Test Scores
    • Nonrefundable application fee ($65)
    • Additional test scores, such as SAT (Code:) Subject Test results (recommended)
    • Audition ( required to Bienen School of Music applicants)
    • College Official's Report 
    • International Supplement to the Secondary School Report (PDF) is recommended for international applicants only

Contact Info
  • Address
Supplemental forms may be mailed to:
Office of Undergraduate Admission
Northwestern University
P.O. Box 3060
Evanston, IL 60204-3060

For express deliveries requiring a street address, you can send materials to:
Office of Undergraduate Admission
Northwestern University
1801 Hinman Avenue
Evanston, Illinois 60208-1260
  • Phone: 847-497-1864
  • Fax: 847-467-2331
  • Email: transfer@northwestern.edu or ug-      admission@northwestern.edu