First-Year Students
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June 1 – July 31

Complete the McCormick Dossier

The McCormick Dossier is your most important tool for planning the fall quarter. In it, you will record information on your major interests, previous coursework, and test scores.

The Dossier will also allow you to complete your fall study plan and take the math, chemistry and physics assessment exams.

You must complete the Dossier.

Take Math Assessment Exam

This online exam will help us ensure that you're in the right math class given your background in the subject. To complete the test, log into Dossier.

Take Physics Proficiency Exam

This is a required assessment that will be used to gauge the physics preparedness of the incoming class. Results will not determine placement in any of your first-year courses. To complete the test, log into Dossier.

Complete the Chemistry Assessment

The Chemistry Assessment is required for all incoming engineering students. Some students will also want to take the Chemistry Placement Exam. 

Send Transfer Credit Info: (Registrar's Information)

Review the Credit Transfer Process guidelines listed on the New Student Welcome Page

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Before August 1

Contact Peer Adviser

By mid-July, you should have heard from your peer advisor (PA), an upperclassman who will lead you through Wildcat Welcome.

Be sure to keep in touch with your PA and get to know them before school starts to get your questions answered.

Complete Relevant Placement or Assessment Exams

These might include language placement or assessment exams. Contact the specific department for more information. Read additional information on required Northwestern placement and assessment exams.

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Throughout the Summer

Submit All AP/IB Scores

Send your official score report to:

Office of the Registrar
Northwestern University
633 Clark Street
Evanston, IL 60208

Be sure to bring a copy of the report with you to campus on the fall.

Visit the McCormick Website

Bookmark the Welcome New Students page and check in periodically to stay updated on the latest news for your incoming class.