Required Materials for Application

Fall 2018 Admission

The application period for Fall 2018 will open in mid-August.

1. Online Application Form

Applicants must submit an online application form through The Common Application.

2. CA Personal Essay & Northwestern Qatar Statement

The 2017-18 Common App essay prompts are as follows:

  1. Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story. 
  2. The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?
  3. Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome? 
  4. Describe a problem you've solved or a problem you'd like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma - anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution. 
  5. Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.  
  6. Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time. Why does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more? 
  7. Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you've already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design. 

NU-Q Statement:

  1. “Why NU-Q?” – a short written essay that is strongly recommended to complete.
3. Official High School Transcripts

Your official transcripts/grade reports for years 9, 10, 11 and 12 should be submitted in a sealed stamped envelope. These can be attached to your school counselor's recommendation.

Northwestern does not require a specific type of secondary school curriculum nor specific classes. Students are expected to have achieved academic success throughout all courses and competitive results on all examinations.

Our admission officers will review your secondary school experience within the context of the secondary school that you attend, and they understand that opportunities and options differ in every country and situation. If you are in a curriculum that has predicted scores for university entrance examinations (e.g. International Baccalaureate, A-level, Abitur, French Baccalaureate, etc.) and your school policy makes them available, you should have a school representative (counselor or administrator) send them to NU-Q Admissions.

4. Recommendation Letter from High School Counselor (Submitted through the Common Application)

This letter should be completed by the school counselor as an assessment of your overall academic profile.

5. Two (2) Teachers' Recommendations (Submitted through the Common Application)

Recommendations from teachers who can speak to your involvement inside as well as outside the classroom add additional perspective to your achievements.

6. SAT or ACT Scores

Either SAT or ACT scores are required. Our institutional codes are:

  • SAT: 5714
  • ACT: 1107
7. TOEFL or IELTS

Applicants whose primary language is not English or whose secondary school curriculum has not been in English must submit exam results from either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Use Northwestern school code 5945 to direct your TOEFL scores to us; if you are taking the IELTS, request that the scores be sent electronically to us. These scores should not be more than two years old.

Eligibility of TOEFL/IELTS Waiver:

Applicants are eligible for an automatic TOEFL/IELTS waiver if one of the following conditions are applicable:

  1. Based on native language status: This applies for applicants who are native English speakers and have completed their studies in English.
  2. Based on testing performance: This applies for applicants who earned a score of:

    • SAT: 600 or more in BOTH the Critical Reading and Writing components
      OR
    • ACT: 26 or more in BOTH English and Reading components

Note: The Office of Admissions reserves the right to deny requests for waiver based on a thorough review of your completed waiver form and application materials. NU-Q also does not accept scores from other English proficiency exams, including the TOEFL Institutional Testing Program (ITP).

8. Non-Refundable Application Fee

Non-refundable $75 USD, submitted through the Common Application.

If you meet one of the Common Application’s indicators for economic need, you can request an application fee waiver on the Profile screen in the Common Application Fee Waiver section, which will waive the Northwestern application fee. If you do not meet the indicators identified by Common Application but the application fee still poses a hardship, have your secondary school counselor email admissions@qatar.northwestern.edu to request a Northwestern-specific fee waiver. Please ask your counselor to include your full name, date of birth, email address, and Common Application ID in the email.

9. Dean's Report (Transfer Applicants Only)

Please complete the applicant's section and submit this form to the university officer/concerned department who attests the student's academic standing and disciplinary history.

10. Post-Secondary Transcripts (Transfer Applicants Only)

Current and complete transcripts must be sent directly to the admissions office in a sealed stamped envelope.

Mailing address:

Office of Admissions
Northwestern University in Qatar
Education City, Carnegie Mellon Building
PO Box 34102 - Doha, Qatar

11. Extracurricular Activity Samples (Optional)

Proof of extracurricular involvement is not required, but may strengthen your application. You may submit small, representative samples of your extracurricular productions. The application form includes sections where you can list your extracurricular activities.

12. Interviews (Optional)

Interviews are not mandatory, but can be an optional addition to your application for admission. All interviews are conducted by the admissions representatives at NU-Q. Interviews offer applicants the opportunity to learn more about Northwestern University, its programs, student life and admission process. 

Schedule an interview:

On-campus interviews

Off-campus interviews