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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 dossier. 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

Academic advising and fall quarter registration occur within the Purple Prep period, prior to students arriving to campus. Your adviser will fully prepare you for fall quarter course registration on September 9 or 10. You will also participate in a virtual peer adviser group meeting in early September for additional support. Learn what a peer adviser is and when you’ll hear from yours

Your registration appointment day and time will be announced in late July. You share an appointment time with your peer adviser group, allowing your PA and a school staff member to virtually support your group during your registration block. More information regarding advising and registration, along with when you can begin looking at available courses, will be released in August’s Purple Prep email. Students do not need to make class selections or prepare a course schedule prior to meeting with their academic adviser. 

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. As your adviser will explain, one way to meet the SESP global engagement requirement is by taking/testing out of one year of college-level foreign-language study; another way is by earning credit abroad at any point in your Northwestern career. If you think you prefer the first option, taking a foreign-language placement exam over the summer might be appropriate.

SESP Leadership Institute

The SESP Leadership Institute 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 and Fall Opportunities or the SLI website for details.