School of Communication

National High School Institute (NHSI)

The National High School Institute (NHSI) is the nation’s oldest and largest university program for exceptional high school students. In this competitive, noncredit summer program, pre-college students participate in intensive study in one of six divisions:

  • Music
  • Film and Video Production
  • Theatre Arts
  • Coon-Hardy Debate
  • Speech

More than 850 high school students from across the US and from numerous other countries come together for several weeks in the summer to gain practical college-level experience in their chosen field. Outstanding teachers, including faculty from Northwestern and working professionals, interact closely with students in classes, workshops, field trips, and special projects. Students leave the Institute better able to make decisions about their future, and many go on to study at the finest colleges and universities. The network of personal and professional relationships built during the program can last a lifetime.

The NHSI program is a residential program, and all students share a residence on Northwestern's Evanston campus. Just 12 miles north of Chicago, the Evanston campus stretches along Lake Michigan’s western shore and offers a beach, jogging trails, a state-of-the-art fitness facility, as well as baseball and soccer fields. Group outings and social events complete an intellectually challenging and memorable summer.

To find out more, visit the National High School Institute (NHSI) web site.