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Academics and Instruction

While classes remain largely remote for Summer 2021, Northwestern plans to return to primarily in-person instruction in Fall 2021. Use this section to learn more about instruction, term dates, class schedules, and registration for quarter-based undergraduate and graduate programs.

Remote, Hybrid and In-Person Instruction

We anticipate the vast majority of instruction in Fall 2021 will be in-person. Schools and programs are committed to offering face-to-face co-curricular and curricular experiences.

Modes of Instruction

Instruction falls into three modalities:

  • 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