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School of Education and Social Policy

Welcome to SESP! We’re looking forward to connecting with you this summer and welcoming you in the fall. In the meantime, explore the resources and information below.

The SESP advising team will reach out to you in early to mid-July to introduce themselves, get to know you, and  start discussing the information you will provide in your survey. One-on-one advising calls in late August/early September will help you determine some fall course options and start connecting you to helpful resources for the start of your Northwestern career.

Academic Advisers

The SESP advising team:

Fall Quarter Course Registration

You will register for fall courses during Wildcat Welcome, after arriving to campus. Your academic adviser will assist you at that time in understanding degree requirements and guide you in determining which classes to take in your first quarter. Your peer adviser will also provide you with advice from a student lens.

Class selection will be among the topics covered when you engage with your academic adviser, who will reach out to you in July to schedule a remote meeting. 

Placement Exams and Global Engagement Requirement

See the Placement Exams webpage for an overview of the online placement exams and assessments offered during the summer. Additional Placement Exams guidance for your school can be found in Purple Prep's mid-May email.

We encourage you to take the placement exams offered as they will help determine the level of courses you are prepared to take as you start planning for your fall course schedule. This includes math, language, and science courses if you are planning to pursue a second major or a pre-med track.  

As your adviser will explain, students are encouraged to study abroad during their undergraduate career via the SESP global engagement requirement. If this is an experience that you don’t think will for you, one way to meet the SESP global engagement requirement is by taking/testing out of one year of college-level foreign-language study. 

If you anticipate taking language courses or studying abroad, we recommend taking the language placement exam for any language, other than English, you have previously studied.

SESP Leadership Institute

The SESP Leadership Institute is a fall quarter program that helps prepare new first-year and rising second year undergraduates to thrive at Northwestern. First-generation college students and students from lower-income backgrounds are especially encouraged to participate. See Optional Summer Opportunities or the SLI website for details.