Academic Advising and Registration

During Wildcat Welcome there will be plenty of resources available to help guide you through the start of your college career, including advising sessions with faculty, info-sessions about certain major, and when to start considering Study Abroad programs. Because Wildcat Welcome is a time for new students to interact with current students, advisers, and professors, you will not register until mid-week, allowing ample time to learn about classes and plan a manageable course load.

Academic Advising

For freshmen, all academic advising and registration occur after you arrive on campus for Wildcat Welcome.

Your school or college will contact you over the summer to welcome and provide you with initial information, but you will not need to meet with an adviser until Wildcat Welcome, when you will be assigned advising sessions with your faculty or staff adviser. Undergraduate student Peer Advisers will also assist in the advising process during Wildcat Welcome.

Each school within Northwestern handles academic advising in its own way. Take some time to familiarize yourself with the procedures of your particular school:

Peer Advising

Dependable, enthusiastic and committed to the University, the Wildcat Welcome staff of Peer Advisers are returning Northwestern students who are knowledgeable about various services, programs, and procedures on campus.Peer advisers are ready to help new students choose classes and register via CAESAR.

As an incoming freshman or transfer student, you will be assigned to a peer advising group facilitated by a Peer Adviser throughout Wildcat Welcome. In late August, your Peer Adviser’s name and contact information will be posted on the "Personal Information" section of the Wildcat Welcome Web site and your Peer Adviser will e-mail you to say hello and see if you have any questions.

Placement Exams

Depending on your course of study, you may or may not have to take a placement exam prior to registering for classes. Placement exams are offered in chemistry, foreign language, and mathematics. For details about when, where, and how to take placement exams, visit our placement exam information page.

Study Abroad

Northwestern encourages qualified students to study abroad when such study promises to enrich their academic programs. By starting to plan for study abroad early in their Northwestern careers, most students, regardless of school or major, should be able to study abroad and still graduate within four years. New students can learn more during Wildcat Welcome at the Study Abroad Academic Interest Session. Students can also visit the Study Abroad Office's Web site for more information.

Pre-Medical and Pre-Law Professions Advising

The large number of Northwestern students from the six schools interested in the health professions warrants a centralized location and advising resource. This responsibility falls to the University Academic Advising Center (UAAC), which provides pre-medical/pre-health advising as well as a recommendation service for Northwestern students applying to health professions schools. New students can learn more during Wildcat Welcome at the Pre-med and Pre-law Academic Interest Sessions.

For an overview of academic life at Northwestern University, including  academic standings, honors, and graduation, click here.