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Bridge II

Weinberg's Bridge II program prepares rising sophomores for success in organic chemistry and advanced economics. Students who attended high schools with limited or no AP preparation who are among the first in their family to attend college are especially encouraged to apply. The program is free to attend.



Rising sophomores in Bridge II come to campus three weeks before Wildcat Welcome and take either a three-week course for organic chemistry preparation (taught by Prof. Owen Priest) or a three-week course geared towards preparation in advanced economics (taught by Prof. James Hornsten).  Upon successful completion of the program, Bridge II students will receive a single credit in either CHEM 199 "Preparation for Organic Chemistry" or ECON 299 "Preparation for Advanced Economics".

Co-curricular activities

In addition to working closely with faculty members and undergraduate tutors in the classroom, Bridge II students will be paired with incoming first-year students to help make them feel welcome and supported here at Northwestern University.  This is a very rewarding and fun aspect of the Bridge program and includes free BBQs, trips to Chicago, movie nights, and other fun events.

Frequently asked questions

Where will I live?

Room and board is free for the entire four weeks of the program and any instructional materials for the program will be provided. A few days before Wildcat Welcome begins, students will move into their fall-quarter housing. Bridge II is a residential program, so all participants are required to live on campus with their classmates during the program. You will also be allowed to participate in our textbook loan program during the academic year for the following courses: CHEM 210 (212),  ECON 310.

How do I apply?

Applications will open in February 2018. Acceptance notifications will be sent out in mid-March. Students will be accepted on a rolling basis until the program is full. If you are not accepted in the first round, you will be notified if you are on the waitlist for the program. If you are accepted, you will be required to complete ECON 201/202 or CHEM 101-103/CHEM 171-172 before August 2017 to ensure your admission to the program. 

Here are the short answer questions you should be ready to answer:

1) Why do you want to participate in Bridge II? What are you hoping to get out of the experience? (word limit = 300 words)

2) Tell us a little bit about your Northwestern experience so far. (word limit = 500 words)


Contact Lane Fenrich, Weinberg Dean of First-Year Students or Luke Flores, Assistant Director of First-Year and Transition Programs.


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