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Students who wish to pursue a bachelor's degree at Northwestern University School of Continuing Studies must apply for admission to the undergraduate degree program. This page references all policies and procedures related to the admissions process. When in doubt, contact the Office of Admissions as directed below.
The following materials are required to apply:
- A completed online application
- $50 application fee
- Official high school transcripts and conferred date of completion
- College/university transcripts
- A current resume or CV
View the Important Dates page for application deadlines. Supplemental materials can be uploaded to the online application, or submitted via mail to our Admissions Office in Chicago.
Wieboldt Hall, Sixth floor
339 E. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60611-3008
Applicants will be notified once all materials have been received and the application is complete.
Transfer Credit Policy
- Undergraduate degree candidates may satisfy up to one-half of their graduation requirements with coursework completed at another institution.
- Transfer credit is awarded for courses taken at an accredited institution, passed with a grade of C (2.0) or better, and similar in focus and classroom hours to courses at Northwestern.
- All previously completed courses are evaluated, regardless of when they were completed.
- SCS does not accept military or lifelong learning for credit. Independent studies, field experience, externships, seminars, etc. need to be petitioned for approval.
- SCS does not award credit for data processing or Microsoft applications training. Nor do we evaluate graduate or professional coursework.
- Students must complete English writing requirements at SCS. Composition courses taken elsewhere can be transferred in as elective credit.
- Upper-level courses are more rigorous than lower-level courses. Therefore, lower-level classes taken at other institutions may not count as upper-level courses even if content and title appear to be similar.
All transcripts from previous institutions must be submitted with the undergraduate application. Once admitted, students must petition to obtain pre-approval to transfer in coursework toward an SCS degree. Students offered performance-based or transfer admission will receive an evaluation of their transfer credit upon admission.
SCS welcomes international students to apply to our undergraduate programs. SCS does not, however, process I-20 or DS-2019 forms for full-time student or exchange visas. In addition, those with dependent status visas such as F2 or J2 are not eligible to enroll in our certificate or degree seeking offerings. Our programs are designed as part-time programs for working professionals and cannot be used to maintain legal status in the United States. Please reach out to the International Office with any questions.
Applicants with international transcripts must request an official course-by-course evaluation of those transcripts from a member. A course-by-course evaluation will translate courses, degrees, and grades to U.S. equivalencies. The evaluations must be prepared for Northwestern University School of Continuing Studies and must arrive in our office in a sealed envelope issued by the evaluator.
All applicants to SCS programs whose first language is not English, at minimum must demonstrate language proficiency in one of the following three ways:
- Provide official scores for either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam. The test must be taken no more than two years before the intended quarter of entry. For the TOEFL, applicants must score 600 or higher on the paper-based test, 250 or higher on the computer-based test, or 100 or higher on the internet based test. SCS's institutional code for the TOEFL is 9019. For the IELTS exam, applicants must receive a score of 7.0 or higher.
- Provide official transcripts verifying an undergraduate degree from an accredited four-year institution or equivalent, where the language of instruction is English.
- Provide official transcripts verifying a graduate degree from an accredited institution where the language of instruction is English.
Please contact the admissions office for more information on TOEFL, IELTS and transcripts for international applicants.