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First-Year Admission

Update: Admissions decisions will be sent out via email the week of April 15, 2024.

Applications submitted after March 1, 2024 will not be considered. Admission decisions will be sent via email and will be issued prior to the spring 2024 deposit deadline. 

 The MMSS application is a stand-alone document that will not be reviewed along side your application to Northwestern University.  

The MMSS Program admits approximately 30 first-year students and 30 sophomores each year. A student who enters the program as a first-year student completes the MMSS coursework in his or her first and sophomore years; while a student who enters the program as a sophomore completes the MMSS coursework in his or her sophomore and junior years. Both first-year-entry and sophomore-entry students write their thesis during senior year.

High school seniors are invited to apply to enter the program as first-year students. Applicants must apply both to Northwestern University and to the MMSS program. The MMSS application can be completed online at this Web site (see note above). A strong high school curriculum, including a year of calculus, is required for admission. Students without any calculus background should take introductory calculus their first year and apply to enter the MMSS program as a sophomore. First-year candidates may apply to both MMSS and Northwestern under early decision or regular decision.

Early decision candidates should apply at the same time as regular decision candidates. The MMSS application deadline for both early decision and regular decision candidates is March 1, 2024.

(The MMSS program does not consider late applications. Students who were not able to apply as first years can consider sophomore-entry).

You will receive your MMSS decision email separately from your Northwestern decision letter. 

For accepted early decision and regular decision candidates, you will receive your MMSS decision notification 1-2 weeks after you receive your Northwestern acceptance (typically early April).

If you are waitlisted, you will not receive a decision notification from MMSS until you have been moved from the waitlist to the first-year class roster. If you are not accepted to Northwestern, you will not receive a MMSS decision notification.

Application for first-year admission

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