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Spring 2019 Applications are Closed. 
To apply for the Certificate Program for Undergraduates, students must fulfill the following requirements:
  1. Maintain status as an undergraduate student at Northwestern University*
  2. Complete prerequisite courses by the end of the spring quarter

The application consists of:

  1. An online application form
  2. A 300-400 word essay that describes a current business issue in the news that interests you, and how participating in the CPU may help you better understand the issue
  3. A one-page resume 
  4. A recommendation from one Northwestern University professor, submitted online by the professor 
Admissions decisions are based on grades (both cumulative overall and in prerequisite courses), the personal essay, and the faculty recommendation.  We review applicants' complete academic transcripts, with special emphasis on the more recent grades.  Also of special interest is the student's GPA in the Certificate Program prerequisite courses.  We look for overall academic accomplishment, recognizing that taking more challenging courses can have an impact on grades, as can special circumstances students may encounter at a given time.  Please note that students are required to have a combined 3.0 average among all Certificate Program prerequisite courses in order to be considered for admission. 

Students may apply to only one certificate.

Application Timeline
Fall Quarter 2018
  • Application available October 1, 2018.
Winter Quarter 2019
  • Applications are due Sunday, January 13, 2019.
  • Recommendations are due Wednesday, January 23, 2019.
  • Admission decisions are made by Monday, February 4, 2019.
  • Applicants can still be completing prerequisite courses.
Spring Quarter 2019
  • Accepted students must take the first program course, Principle Of Finance (FE 310).

*The program does not accept applications from high school seniors, students attending other universities, or other individuals who are not currently undergraduate students at Northwestern University.

Questions? Contact us.



Q: When are applications due?
A: Applications for Spring 2019 are due on Sunday, January 13, 2019. Recommendations are due Wednesday, January 23, 2019.

Q: When will I find out if I’ve been accepted?
A: Admission decisions will be sent by Monday, February 4, 2019.

Q: Do I need to submit an official transcript?
A: Only if you have also attended a college/university other than Northwestern University.  In that case, we will need an official transcript from that institution.

Q: Can I apply to both certificates?
A: No. You may only apply to one certificate.

Q: How many students do you accept?
A: Approximately 50 students per year, per certificate (100 students total).

Q: In what school year should I apply for the program?

A: You may apply for the program during your sophomore or junior year (or when you are completing the prerequisite courses). However, we recommend applying for the program as a sophomore to allow for the greatest flexibility in scheduling during your junior and senior years.

Q: Is there a minimum overall GPA or prerequisite GPA required?
A: Students are required to have a combined 3.0 average among all Certificate Program prerequisite courses in order to apply. It is acceptable to receive below a “B” in any individual prerequisite course, but the average of the courses must be 3.0 or higher in order to be considered for admission.

Q: Where can I find a copy of Northwestern's Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics?
A: As provided by the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990, now known as the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, you are entitled to request and receive a copy of Northwestern University's Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. This Report includes statistics for the previous 3 years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Northwestern University; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from campus. The Report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies on drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, fire safety and other matters. You can obtain a copy of this report by contacting the Northwestern University Police Department Deputy Chief at (847) 491-3256. The report can also be accessed and printed from the University Police website at http://www.northwestern.edu/up/safety/annual-report/index.html

Certificate Program for Undergraduates
Kellogg School of Management
555 Clark Street, Lower Level
Evanston, IL 60208-2800