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Academics and Instruction

The University plans to welcome students back in the winter and is excited to do so. The learning environment will be very similar to the Fall experience, but for those new to campus this year, will be different from what you’ve experienced before, and may continue to change and evolve as the academic year progresses.

Use this section to learn more about instruction, term dates, and more, as well as class schedules, registration for quarter-based undergraduate and graduate programs.

Remote, Hybrid and In-Person Instruction

We anticipate that a significant portion of winter instruction will be conducted remotely. Schools and programs are committed to offering face-to-face co-curricular and curricular experiences when technology, tools and campus spaces are necessary to accomplish learning outcomes. We plan to offer enough classes that require face-to-face attendance that our international students who are coming to campus for the first time can comply with immigration requirements.

We are working on how best to meet in-person while observing mandatory social distancing and other personal hygiene guidelines from the federal, state and local governments.

Modes of Instruction

Instruction this fall may be:

  • Fully remote, either asynchronous or synchronous 
  • Face-to-face
  • Hybrid, a combination of remote and face-to-face instruction.

Decisions about the mode of instruction will be tailored to each discipline, school and department. Learn more about each mode of instruction.

For assistance with teaching and learning in a remote environment, see the Remote Teaching and Learning Guidance website.

Class Schedules and Registration

Find dates for registration and the release of class schedules.

More on Schedules and Dates

Revised Term Dates

Some Northwestern programs will start their winter academic term on a modified schedule, with some programs beginning later than planned.

Programs offered by Term start
The Graduate School, the Bienen School of Musicand all undergraduate programs in Evanston , all PhD programs, and the School of Professional Studies

Monday, January 11

Professional programs in

  • McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science
  • Kellogg School of Management (excluding Executive MBA),
  • School of Education and Social Policy
  • Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications
  • School of Communication

Monday, January 4

Pritzker School of Law Spring Semester

Monday, January 11

Calendars for Northwestern University in Doha and clinical programs in the Feinberg School of Medicine are essentially unchanged.