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Arch Scholars

The Arch Scholars programs are designed to welcome, engage, and support students who attended high schools with little or no AP/IB preparation, those with financial need (like Questbridge students), or who are among the first in their families to attend college. Click here to apply to one of our programs for incoming first-year students!

Bio&ChemEXCEL students


Bio&ChemEXCEL is a pre-orientation program for admitted Weinberg College students interested in STEM disciplines such as biology, chemistry, or neuroscience, especially if they want to learn more about research here at Northwestern. 

Learn more about Bio&ChemEXCEL
Bridge students group


Bridge is a pre-orientation program for admitted Weinberg and Medill students interested in any discipline, including the sciences, economics, social sciences, humanities, or journalism.

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NU Bioscientist

NU Bioscientist is a two-quarter program that runs during the first-year for Weinberg College students interested in performing research in the biological, biomedical, chemical, neurobiological, or cognitive sciences. Even if you have never conducted research before, you are encouraged to apply. Applications for the 2024-25 academic year are now open.

Learn more about NU Bioscientist
Posner symposium


The Posner Research Program enables rising sophomores in Weinberg College to conduct research under faculty guidance during the summer after their first-year.
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Leadership Opportunities

We are proud to offer leadership opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students who wish to support the first-generation and lower-income population here at Northwestern. 

Learn more about the leadership roles in Arch
Arch gateway

Arch Peer Mentoring

The Arch Scholars Peer Mentoring Program pairs first-generation and lower-income students - whether or not they have participated in other Arch Scholar programs - with undergraduate mentors who are eager to help them learn the ropes and successfully navigate their first-year. Mentors and mentees meet weekly throughout the school year.
Learn more about peer mentoring
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