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Diversity Recruitment

The Graduate School (TGS) encourages underrepresented students to apply for admission to our master’s and doctoral programs. Learn about TGS initiatives and resources to help you in this process.

Review our Graduate Programs to learn more about what The Graduate School has to offer.

Campus visits

  • TGS encourages diverse prospective students to visit our campus and learn more about our programs. For individuals looking to visit Northwestern, please contact your academic program of interest to explore visit options.  
  • The Graduate School’s Office of Diversity & Inclusion (ODI) coordinates group campus visits for undergraduate McNair Scholars. McNair Program Directors should contact ODI at least six weeks prior to your proposed travel dates to discuss visit options. TGS is unable to finance any travel or lodging expenses, and may not be able to accommodate visits requested without ample planning time.
  • ODI recruitment staff is available for virtual meet and greets with groups. Directors should contact ODI at least four weeks prior to the proposed date to discuss visit options. Typically this is an ODI presentation followed by an open Q&A with ODI staff and a current graduate student.

Virtual Recruitment

Choosing the right graduate degree program is a huge endeavor. Please join The Graduate School at Northwestern University for a virtual recruitment session. This one hour session will feature an informative presentation by TGS representatives for those interested in pursuing a graduate degree at Northwestern. Participants will also have the chance to hear from a current graduate student on the experience. Come learn more about Northwestern!

Virtual Recruitment Sessions-Fall Quarter 2023
Date Description Link
Friday, October 20, 11AM-12PM, CST This session will be led by Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Brittany Young


Friday, October 20, 1PM-2PM, CST This session will be led by Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Brittany Young


Monday, November 13, 2PM-3PM, CST This session will be led by Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, Dr. Sheehan D. Fisher


Friday, December 8, 11AM-12PM, CST This session will be led by Program Coordinator, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Cindy Thompson


Undergraduate initiatives

Our signature initiatives

IGEN 2017

Introduction to Graduate Education (IGEN)

The Graduate School hosts an annual Introduction to Graduate Education at Northwestern (IGEN) for diverse rising juniors and seniors interested in doctoral study at Northwestern.

Read more about IGEN
SROP program

Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP)

The Summer Research Opportunity Program is an seven-week competitive research experience at Northwestern University for sophomores and juniors from colleges and universities across the United States.

Read more about SROP

Other undergraduate initiatives

  • Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program: The Graduate School partners with the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program at various colleges and universities to recruit a diverse graduate student body.
  • Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship: For current Northwestern students, the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship provides a summer research opportunity for promising undergraduates considering graduate studies.
  • HSI (Hispanic Serving Institutions) Pathways: TGS partners with the University of Pennsylvania and the Andrew Mellon Foundation with the HSI (Hispanic Serving Institutions) Pathways program which provides access to Latinx students at Hispanic Serving Institutions.