Academics and Instruction
The University plans to welcome students back in the fall and is excited to do so. However, it will also be a new and different learning environment, which 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 fall 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 can comply with newly announced 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
- 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
Northwestern will start our fall academic terms on a modified schedule, with most programs beginning earlier than planned.
|Programs offered by||Term start||Last day for face-to-face classes||Exam period|
|Graduate, professional and undergraduate schools on the quarter system(except Kellogg)||
Wednesday, September 16
Tuesday, November 24
|Kellogg School of Management (excluding Executive MBA)||
Saturday, September 19
Saturday, November 21
|Pritzker School of Law||
Monday, August 24
Tuesday, November 24
Calendars for Northwestern University in Doha and clinical programs in the Feinberg School of Medicine are essentially unchanged.