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Driskill Graduate Program in Life Sciences
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Interview Visit Detail

For those invited to the interview weekend, please see below for the schedule, travel information and details on what to expect.


 Schedule and General Information


Interview visit dates for admission in 2020 are January 16 to 18, January 30 to February 1 and February 20 to 22.


The program does not require formal dress for the interviews. All events, including the interviews, are meant to be relatively casual. We suggest smart casual or business casual; business suits are not necessary. Because of the season in which we hold our interviews, we advise you check the weather forecast and bring appropriate outerwear and accessories.


The program uses the Hyatt Hotel for rooms and Thursday dinner. Please note that you will be sharing a room with another applicant. The roommate list will be posted here the week of the interview.

Group Size

We expect approximately 35 applicants on each of the weekends. Thursday dinner will be for everyone at the same time, but Friday dinners will be in groups of eight to 10 at nearby restaurants.


The lunch and reception foods should have items suitable for vegetarians. The Thursday night dinner at the Hyatt will have both meat and meatless dishes. If you have special dietary needs, please let us know ahead of time by contacting program assistant Judy Brown at 312-503-1889.

Special Accommodations

Applicants who have a disability and need special accommodations for an invited campus tour or interview should make their needs known. The program will endeavor to provide the necessary accommodations and, when needed, consult with Northwestern University’s AccessibleNU Office to meet the needs. If the applicant is admitted and matriculates to Northwestern, the AccessibleNU office is available to provide possible services and accommodations to the student. The office may be contacted by email at or by phone at 847-467-5530.

Tentative Schedule


6 p.m.
We will meet in the ballroom on the third floor of the Hyatt Hotel for dinner with students and faculty. This is an informal time for you to relax, eat and ask a few questions with a small number of faculty and students. There will also be a short introductory presentation.


8:15 a.m.
Meet in hotel lobby for walk to Northwestern.

8:30 a.m.
Breakfast at the school

9-10:30 a.m.
Welcome by Nick Cianciotto, DGP Director
Academic program overview presented by Pam Carpentier, DGP Assistant Director

10:40 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Three interviews (30 minutes each) with individual faculty OR two interviews and a small group discussion with students

12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Lunch with faculty and students

1:35 to 2:45 p.m.
Two interviews (30 minutes each) with individual faculty OR one interview and a small group discussion with students

3 p.m.
Information about DGP and The Graduate School professional development programs

3:30 to 4:15 p.m.
Presentation by students on Chicago housing

4:15 to 5:30 p.m.
Reception with faculty and students where you will sign up for your choice of dinner destination

6:30 p.m.
Meet in hotel lobby to walk to small-group dinners (eight to 10 applicants with two to three current students).

8 p.m. (optional)
Beer, dessert, pool and fun with students at Rock Bottom Brewery

Saturday (optional)

Breakfast at your convenience at Corner Bakery

9:15 a.m.
Tour of student apartments and neighborhoods via Chicago Trolley.  Meet at the Lurie Building.

12:00 p.m.
Chicago-style pizza lunch at Gino's East Pizzeria, 162 E Superior St.

Lunch ends at approximately 2 p.m.
Shuttle to the airport depart from the Hyatt Hotel at the prearranged times

 Driving and Parking Directions

We are located a few blocks southeast of the Hancock Building in the Streeterville neighborhood.

The Hyatt hotel is located at 633 North St. Clair St., Chicago, IL 60611, at the corner of St. Clair and Erie streets. The self-park garage is one block north of the hotel between Huron and Superior streets. The hotel and the parking garage, as well as the school buildings, are indicated on the Chicago campus map.


We provide parking in the self park garage (Huron Superior Parking) located between Superior and Huron Streets.  An entrance is opposite the Lurie Children's Hospital on Superior Street, and another is opposite Northwestern Memorial Hospital on Huron Street.  You can enter from either side (Huron is one-way west bound, and Superior is one-way east bound).

After you enter the parking garage, follow the signs for parking. Take a ticket at the gate and park wherever you can above level one. Take the elevators down to Huron Street. Please refer to the Chicago campus map to see where you are. You will need to head south on St. Clair one block to where you will find the Hyatt Hotel at the corner of St. Clair and Erie streets.

On Friday, at the school, we will provide you with parking garage voucher tickets that will pay for you as you exit. We will provide one ticket for every 24-hour period. The program will reimburse driving expenses by mileage. Please keep track of your miles and keep any receipts for tolls.

 Air, Train and Bus Travel Directions

Your travel arrangements will be handled by  Travel 100. When they have confirmed your arrangements, they will send you a copy of the itinerary. On the day of travel, if you are faced with weather-related problems, please call Travel 100 at 847-256-7570. Any of the agents should be able to access your information and aid you in getting the next available flight.

Air Travelers

Before your visit, you will receive an email from the program that contains instructions for the Airport Express shuttle. If you are really pressed for time, you can take a taxi to the hotel. Please get a receipt for reimbursement.

O’Hare Airport - When you arrive, claim any baggage and then go to the Airport Express booth. Shuttles depart from O'Hare every 10 to 15 minutes for downtown service to Chicago hotels. Loading zones for boarding the Airport Express van are at Door 1E, Door 2D and Door 3E across from baggage claim on the baggage claim level. At the international terminal, they are located just outside Door 1E, which is just outside of baggage claim and customs. Present your name and confirmation number at the desk and ask for a shuttle going downtown to the Hyatt hotel located at 633 N. St. Clair St., Chicago, IL 60611.

Midway Airport - When you arrive, claim any baggage and go to the Airport Express counter. Shuttles depart from Midway airport every 15 minutes for downtown service to Chicago hotels. The airport express ticket counter and loading zone is located at Door 3 of the lower level across from baggage claim. Present your name and confirmation number at the desk and ask for a shuttle going downtown to the Hyatt hotel located at 633 N. St. Clair St., Chicago, IL 60611.

Train and Bus Travelers

If you come by train or bus from outside Chicago, please take a taxi from the station to the Hyatt hotel located at 633 N. St. Clair St., Chicago, IL 60611. Be sure to keep a receipt for reimbursement.

If you come by L train, exit from the Red Line at the Chicago Avenue stop. Walk east (toward the lake) on Chicago Avenue to Michigan Avenue, then turn right on Michigan and go three blocks south to Erie. Turn left and head east on Erie one block to St. Clair, and you will see the entrance to the hotel on the southeast corner.

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