July 7, 2019 - July 19, 2019

July 21, 2019 - August 2, 2019


Evanston, IL

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Campus Overview

What began as farm and swampland in the 1850s became the Northwestern campus and the city of Evanston, Illinois. Northwestern University is one of the top private universities in the world and is a leading producer of Nobel laureates, billionaires, and Academy Award winners. With more than 4,000 courses and 190-plus majors, minors, and concentrations, anyone can plot their own unique Northwestern direction.

Early July: July 7-July 19, 2019
Late July: July 21-August 2, 2019

Residential Tuition: $4,998 USD
Extended Commuter Tuition: $3,398 USD
Commuter Tuition: $2,498 USD

Academic Programs

At Summer Springboard we believe learning should be inspiring and interactive. We have worked hard to design courses, field trips and guest lectures that reflect the resources of the Northwestern campus area. Whenever possible, Northwestern summer program classes are held outdoors, on-site or in a lab-type setting to allow students as many ’hands on’ opportunities as possible.

Each afternoon on the Northwestern University campus we break out into small groups based on your academic program. During this time, students will dive deep into a specific subject area with creative, dynamic instructors, engaging professors and professional experts. Field trips and guest speakers take the learning experience beyond the classroom and leverage all that Chicago has to offer.

Business & Entrepreneurship

Whatever you do in life, foundational business skills such as effective communication, sales and marketing, and financial management will serve you well. These skills let you transform your ideas into a real business that will give you greater control of your destiny. Students will learn firsthand from business veterans about starting and running a business. Over the course of the program, they will develop a plan for a new venture and pitch their idea to real world investors. Along the way, meet with leaders from different areas of business and finance.

Computer Science

Do you wonder what it’s like to develop software for a living? Do you possess a natural curiosity towards computer technology and platform development? This program challenges students to think critically and creatively about today’s most pressing technology-related questions. Students will be exposed to the whole cycle of product development from database architecture and APIs to debugging.

Engineering & Innovation

Engineering is one of the top desired careers in many companies. These businesses are always in need of creative minds that can problem solve on their feet and help the company save money, solve issues, and expand their reach. If you are considering a career in Engineering, this course will help you explore what it takes to be an engineer. We will explore facets of mechanical, structural, civil, and electrical engineering in a hands-on, minds-on approach.


Journalism plays a vital role in a democratic society. Journalists are the truth seekers who keep our leaders accountable, and they share the stories that affect us all. Dive into this vital field, learn about news, and become a citizen journalist who can produce news on the go. Study journalism with professionals who will share their techniques and thoughts about the future of media. Regardless of what you major in, all students benefit from becoming a more organized, coherent and persuasive communicator.

Medicine & Healthcare

Considering a career in medicine? Thinking about being a pre-med major in college? Do you love biology, are fascinated about the human body, or want a career helping people but aren’t sure where to start? These are big questions that can influence the next four to twelve years of your life.  Our summer medical program for high school students gives you a 360 degree view of the medical and healthcare field, as well as immersive learning through hands-on projects and simulations.

Activities & Trips

Consistently ranked as one of America’s top college towns, Evanston has beaches, shops and restaurants to explore. Head to downtown Evanston to discover the many unique shops, coffeehouses, restaurants, art galleries and theaters that are walking distance from campus. All excursions are fully supervised by Summer Springboard staff.

Downtown Chicago & Magnificent Mile

You’ll find yourself in the heart of one of America’s best and biggest cities, enjoying all that it has to offer, from world-class museums, shopping, concerts/shows you won’t find anywhere else. Visits may include the following sights: Willis Tower, The Magnificent Mile, and Cloud Gate, aka “The Bean”.

Behind the Scenes at Wrigley Field

Wrigley Field, home of the 2016 World Series Champions, was was built in 1914 and is the second-oldest ballpark in the MLB. Students will get a tour of Wrigley Field and learn about the internships taken, majors chosen and career paths of the people behind the scenes of the Chicago Cubs.

Six Flags: Great America Amusement Park

Six Flags Great America is located between Chicago and Milwaukee and offers endless adventures for the entire family with 16 heart-pounding roller coasters, a 20-acre water park, spectacular shows and four children's themed areas with more than 30 rides.

College Tours

Students will learn the ins and outs of Northwestern with a campus tour led by an admission counselor. They will provide an overview of the university, student life and the application process. To get another perspective on college life, students will also tour University of Chicago.

Student Life

  • 8:00am


  • 9:00am

    Academic Program

  • 12:30pm


  • 1:30pm

    Recreational Activity or Program Excursion

  • 3:00pm

    The True You - College Prep

  • 5:00pm

    Commuter Students Depart

  • 6:00pm


  • 7:00pm

    Evening Activities

  • 8:00pm

    Extended Commuter Students Depart

  • 10:30pm


Your home with Summer Springboard @ Northwestern University will be actual university dormitories located in the heart of this vibrant and beautiful campus.


Just like a college student at Northwestern, students share a dorm room with roommates and use a common bathroom. Floors are gender-segregated and rooms contain an extra-long twin size bed, desks, drawers, mirror and a closet.

Your Resident Advisor (RA) will live on your hall to create a community, provide support, plan activities and help you get the most out of your stay at Northwestern. Other members of the Summer Springboard staff also live on campus and are available to support students and tackle emergencies, 24 hours a day.


All dormitories have 24-hour security and uses electronic keys to enter each building and dorm room. Northwestern security is on 24-hour patrol and available to any student that may need assistance during the Northwestern summer program for high school students.


Your dormitory is part of a complex of buildings around a courtyard. Each building has laundry facilities, lounges and high speed wireless internet throughout.

Northwestern University is committed to providing a healthy, smoke-free environment for students, faculty and staff. Accordingly, no smoking is permitted in student rooms or inside buildings, including lounges and balconies.


Most meals will be eaten at the dining hall, walking distance from the dormitory where we live. We can accommodate diets such as vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, kosher, halal, or specific food allergies.

Note: Summer Springboard programs are not run by our campus partners. Universities and their affiliated departments are not responsible for the Summer Springboard program in any way.