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Northwestern Academy


Northwestern Academy is a free, multiyear college access and enrichment program for diverse, academically motivated students.

Northwestern Academy is supported by Northwestern University as an extension of its Good Neighbor, Great University initiative to expand college access. The Academy is offered at no cost to students and is fully funded through donations.

Northwestern President Morton Schapiro

“Northwestern is deeply committed to supporting Northwestern Academy students and providing opportunities for a world-class education that will prepare them for college and careers.”


Northwestern Academy for Chicago Public Schools students

Northwestern Academy for Chicago Public Schools

The Academy serves high school students from Chicago Public Schools (CPS) who come from households of limited financial means and who do not attend one of the CPS selective enrollment schools. Students may apply in ninth grade. The Academy cultivates relationships with CPS high schools and K-8 schools to facilitate student nomination and on-site support for grades 10 through 12.

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Northwestern Academy - Evanston

Northwestern Academy - Evanston

The four-year Northwestern Academy – Evanston program prepares high school students to successfully apply to, matriculate, and graduate from selective colleges and universities. Students may apply in eighth grade. Applicants must demonstrate an aptitude for long-term academic performance, participate in learning experiences both in and out of the classroom, and take advantage of academic supports. This program serves students grades 9 through 12.

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