Program dates are June 27 to July 30, 2021.

Deadline for receipt of all application materials is 4 p.m. Monday, March 15, 2021 (the Institute does not accept applications by fax or email). Admission is based entirely on merit. The Institute does not use a first-come-first-served or “rolling admission” process.

Click here to open and (if desired) print the 2021 brochure. Students are strongly urged to read the brochure before they complete the application.

Click here to open, fill out and then print the 2021 application and (if desired) the financial-aid form.

Notes: Please follow instructions at the bottom of the application page. With most web browsers, the application and financial-aid forms are “fillable.” You can type in the information requested, print the completed form, sign it at the top and mail it to Northwestern with the other required items (essay/activity list/writing samples/check for $50 application fee).

Up to $100,000 in financial aid and scholarships will be available for 2021 students. Complete the financial-aid form if you are applying for financial aid or if you want to be considered for one of the named scholarships listed in the brochure. Students who apply for financial aid automatically will be considered for any of the named scholarships for which they qualify.

You can include materials from your guidance counselor and the teacher’s letter of recommendation in the same envelope you use to send your part of the application but those items should be in separate, sealed envelopes. It is also acceptable if your teachers send their items separately.  If your counselor cannot provide test scores, you can take a screen shot of your scores, print the screen shot send it with your part of the application. Important: Send test scores only “if available.” We know some students have been unable to take standardized tests because of COVID-19 restrictions.

Questions? Email Program Director Roger Boye at, phone (847) 491-2069 or Program Assistant Marjorie Jean Geraci at