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This academic year will be a new and different learning environment, which may continue to change and evolve as the year progresses.


A significant portion of spring instruction will be conducted remotely. Remote courses may have synchronous components with meetings at scheduled times, or they may be asynchronous. Other courses may have in-person components. Class schedules identify if courses are remote, hybrid or face-to-face.

Learn About the Different Modes of Instruction

Spring Term Dates

Spring Quarter begins, for most programs, on Tuesday, March 30 with a Northwestern Monday, in which programs will follow their typical Monday schedule on Tuesday, March 30, and return to the standard schedule on Wednesday, March 31. Students, faculty and staff will hear from their program or school directly if their classes begin on a different schedule.

Visit the Office of the Registrar for the full calendar

Health Monitoring and Precautions

It is critical that we each take responsibility for maintaining the health of our community.

Student Experience

Campus Life is advising student organizations to host all events virtually and make them accessible to all students, including those who participate remotely. 

  • Northwestern’s Student Organization and Activities office will host a virtual student organizations fair, and many registered student organizations will host interest meetings virtually.
  • Submissions for hybrid events with a small in-person component will be evaluated weekly on a case-by-case basis. Registered Student Organizations and fraternities/sororities can find more information on the Student Organizations & Activities planning an event page and the framework for meetings, events and programs.
  • First and second year students, regardless of housing or academic exception, cannot attend an in-person component of a hybrid event. First and second year students may attend virtually. 

The Department of Recreation and Fitness has developed plans to provide in-person experiences for our students once the Wildcat Wellness period has passed:

  • Recreation and Fitness will provide cardio, weight training, personal training and group exercise classes as well as lap swimming and indoor tennis courts per public health guidelines. All facility access and activities will require a reservation.
  • Recreation and Fitness will be offering on-line live fitness classes students can do from their home environments. Access the schedule.
  • Outdoor recreational spaces will be available according to guidelines, and we are reviewing and developing what Intramural and Club sports will look like given evolving public health guidelines.

Campus Inclusion and Community is actively preparing to keep all students connected to affinity groups and communities:

  • Northwestern’s Multicultural Student Affairs office is planning engaging virtual programming for students, as was done in Spring quarter.
  • We anticipate that in addition to virtual events, student organizations will hold some in-person events, subject to University guidelines. 
  • Some University traditions and campus activities will continue in a modified or hybrid format with a mix of virtual and in-person experiences after the first week of classes. Expect weekly virtual and modified in-person programs in common spaces such as in residential buildings.

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