Essay Scoop: How to Answer Northwestern Essays

Located in Evanston, Illinois, Northwestern University’s beautiful campus welcomes two thousand new students every year. Read on for our advice on how to tackle the Northwestern essay prompt!



What are the unique qualities of Northwestern – and of the specific undergraduate school(s) 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? (300 Words)

With only a short prompt to help distinguish you beyond the common app and numbers, your interest will largely be based on your ability to link very specific campus resources (academic programs, professors, courses, clubs, or traditions) to your future goals. This needs to go beyond types of clubs or classes. Examples include: a specific major concentration, a specific professor’s research, a specific research lab and experiments that interest you, etc. Tie these into a story that shares your vision for the next several years and explain what you hope to gain from them.


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