Registration Information

Admitted undergraduate students register for classes via the Northwestern University online registration system CAESAR. Further registration details are provided below.

New Student Registration

A meeting with an academic and career adviser is encouraged for new students. Academic advisers work with students by email or during pre-scheduled appointments by phone, online conference, or in-person meetings on the Chicago campus. To contact an academic adviser, email the advising team at

Current and Returning Student Registration

Current and returning students register for courses in CAESAR. A valid Northwestern University NetID and password are required to access the system. The registration timeframe for each quarter is:

Fall 2017:

  • July 5, 2017 - registration opens
  • August 30, 2017 - late registration starts

Winter 2018:

  • November 13, 2017 - registration opens
  • December 11, 2017 - late registration starts

Spring 2018:

  • February 26, 2018 - registration opens
  • March 12, 2018 - late registration starts

A $75 late registration fee is applied during late registration periods.

Registration questions should be directed to the SPS Office of the Registrar.

Adding/Dropping Courses

All students (new and current) can change their registration status through CAESAR (add/drop, credit/audit). If you are withdrawing from all of your courses for the quarter, CAESAR will not allow you to drop the last remaining course on your schedule. Instead, you must fill out the Change of Registration Form. Do not send registration change requests to the course instructor or to the Office of Student Accounts; changes to registration can only be made in CAESAR.

Students who drop courses or withdraw from SPS may be eligible for a tuition refund, less any nonrefundable fees and deposits. The tuition refund policy is applied as of the date the request is received. For more information on refund policy when a course is dropped or for a withdrawal, contact the Office of Student Accounts.

To view add/drop deadlines, visit the Important Dates page.

Auditing Courses

Certain undergraduate courses may be audited. Students who audit do not receive a grade or credit; they attend all classes and participate in discussions but do not submit graded coursework. Most  courses in the following subject areas may not be audited: accounting, art, English writing courses, information systems, journalism, foreign languages, mathematics, physics, statistics and theatre. Some individual courses in other subject areas also may not be audited. See course listings for details.

The fee for auditing is $842 for SPS students and $420 for members of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.