The admissions process at Northwestern University begins in early October and ends with the national acceptance date, which varies by year (end of April to the beginning of May). Please see Application and Deadlines for more specific dates, or view the admissions guidelines for more information about the national acceptance guidelines. The number of applications varies from year to year, but in general Northwestern receives approximately 150 applications per year from students of diverse backgrounds. The online application process opens in October and the deadline is generally in early January.
The applications are reviewed by the program's leadership. Seventy-seven applicants are invited to Northwestern for interviews, which are held in late March and April. Applicants have the opportunity to meet with multiple faculty members and current students, providing an in depth view of the Northwestern program. The interview process is critical to the admissions process, allowing faculty and program directors to learn about the applicants, and applicants to determine if Northwestern is the best choice for their graduate education. Offers are extended on the national acceptance date.
The application deadline for Fall 2018 admission is Sunday, January 7, 2018 at 11:59 PM CST.