Early College On-campus

Earn discounted college credits and experience our community

Northwestern offers On-campus Early College for those students who are 15 years of age and older, and are interested in face-to-face learning. Students who qualify for this competitive program can attend on-campus classes that fit Early College guidelines. Located on Lake Johanna in the suburban Roseville/Arden Hills area, Northwestern has a scenic lake view but is only ten minutes from the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Every new On-campus Early College student will be paired up with a student mentor their first semester on campus. This mentor will come alongside the Early College student for a smooth transition into the Northwestern community and provide an instant contact.

With the on-campus option, you'll join around 1,800 traditional undergraduate students who benefit from small classes, a strong sense of community, and meaningful interaction with professors in and out of the classroom.

Residential option

On-campus Early College students are now eligible to live in dorms at Northwestern. While many students in the On-campus Early College program choose to commute, seniors who are 17 at the beginning of courses may be able live in dorms alongside traditional UNW students. Students in the residential On-campus Early College program are responsible to pay for room and board.

On-campus Early College qualifications

  1. High school GPA of at least 3.3
  2. Meet one of our standardized testing requirements:
    • ACT, PLAN, or PreACT of at least 22
    • Aspire score of at least 434
    • SAT or PSAT of at least 1090
    • No other tests accepted
  3. Demonstrate excellent "fit" with Northwestern community as determined by essay and an interview with the Admission Committee
  4. Junior or senior in high school
  5. At least 15 years of age at the time of enrollment

*must be 17 years of age and a high school senior to participate in residential program - juniors may commute

Applying students

Continuing students