Application instructions For high school or home-school students

Applicants* are considered based on their probable success at Northwestern College as indicated primarily by high school grades, class rank and test scores. To increase your chances of receiving the most financial aid possible, you should apply early during your senior year of high school. Once all the appropriate forms have been submitted, you can expect to hear from Northwestern regarding the status of your application within 2 weeks.

* This application is for U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents (those who have an I-551 or "Green Card").

  1. Apply online

    Or, if you prefer to submit a paper copy, you can  download the application. Once completed, your application should be mailed to the Northwestern College admissions office.

  2. Arrange for an official copy of your high school transcript to be sent to Northwestern College.

  3. If you’ve already taken the ACT, SAT or CLT, your scores will likely appear on your high school transcript. If you’ve not taken either test, do so and indicate you want your scores sent to us. (Northwestern’s ACT code: 1346; Northwestern’s SAT code: 6490).

Once you’ve applied and are accepted, you can begin thinking about how to pay for college. An important first step is completing a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). The FAFSA can be filed after October 1. Visit our financial aid website for step-by-step instructions, timelines and other information that will help make college affordable for you.