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Visiting Students

New Student Checklist

Welcome to Northwestern University. This checklist will help you get started as a Summer Session Visiting Student.

• Activate your NetID
Your NetID is your electronic identity at Northwestern. Many systems and records will require a NetID, including email, access to grades and transcripts, access to the campus wireless network and many NU Library online resources. You must activate your NetID before you can use it. Your instructions on how to activate your NetID will be included with your registration confirmation letter. 

NUIT Support Center
(847) 491-HELP (4357)
consultant@northwestern.edu
www.it.northwestern.edu/

• Set up your Northwestern email account
Once you activate your NetID, you can set up your NU email account, also known as your @u.northwestern.edu account, and start using it for e-mail, calendars, Google Sites and Google Docs, spreadsheets and presentations. All official communication from the University will be sent to your NU email account, and students are expected to check their NU email for messages. You do have the option of forwarding your NU email to a different email address. Visit www.u.northwestern.edu to log in to your NU email, and for account options.

• Get your WildCARD (all-campus identification card)
A Northwestern University identification card — a WildCARD — is required for access to University libraries, sports facilities, computer labs, use of the intercampus shuttle, and other services on campus. With your WildCARD, you can also receive discounts from local merchants. Please get your WildCARD at one of the following locations. You must bring a valid photo ID. More information is available at www.univsvcs.northwestern.edu/WildCard/.

Evanston Campus  WildCARD Office
Norris University Center
1999 Campus Drive, Underground Level
(847) 467-3990

Chicago Campus WildCARD Office
Abbott Hall
710 N. Lake Shore Drive, Room 100
(312) 503-0548

• Visit the Northwestern University Health Services website
You may choose to complete and submit your Admission Health Record form and insurance coverage information to facilitate access, and any potential visits, to on-campus health services during your time as a Visiting Student for the summer. You can find more information and forms at: www.northwestern.edu/healthservice-evanston/.

• Purchase your books
Books for your classes are at the campus bookstores. They are arranged by course and stocked by campus. If you are enrolled in classes on each campus, you must visit each bookstore to purchase your books.

Evanston Campus — Norris Center Bookstore
Located on the ground level of Norris Center
(847) 491-3990
northwestern.bncollege.com

Chicago Campus — Abbott Hall Bookstore
Located on the first floor of Abbott Hall
(312) 503-8486
abbotthall.bncollege.com

Additional Information for Visiting Students

Changes in Registration
Please review the enrollment summary you receive closely. Students who register for a course are considered enrolled for the duration and are expected to attend all sessions of the course for which they are registered. Excessive absences do not signal a student’s intent to drop or withdraw, and may be cause for failure in the course. If a student does formally drop or withdraw, the student is responsible to pay any tuition balance on the account, according to the refund schedule determined by Northwestern University Student Financial Services. See the Changes in Registration page for instructions on adding and dropping classes, policies and refund provisions.

Classroom Locations
Classroom locations are posted online approximately two weeks before the start of Summer Session: https://sps.northwestern.edu/program-areas/summer/.

Grades and Transcripts
You can view your grades and unofficial transcripts on CAESAR. Information on how to request your official transcript is here.

Student Financial Services
You can contact Student Financial Services for any questions regarding billing or payments. 

Office of Student Accounts
555 Clark Street, 1st Floor
Evanston, IL 60208-1221
(847) 491-8950
student-financial-services@northwestern.edu