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 three divisions:

  • Debate
  • Film and Video
  • Theatre and Musical Theatre Arts

More than 500 high school students from across the U.S. and around the globe come together for several weeks in the summer to gain practical college-level experience in their chosen field.  Outstanding teachers, including Northwestern faculty and professional artist/educators, work closely with students in classes, workshops, and  special projects.  Students leave the Institute educated, inspired, and transformed.  Having attended one of the Institute programs, students are better equipped 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 residential and all students live and study 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 and jogging trails, as well as state of the art classrooms, theatre and film equipment and facilities.  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.