Access Northwestern

The following items are critical for admitted student to gain access to important university services. Read more about each item, and learn how to get help if you have any issues accessing the resources at Northwestern University.

  • Net ID (your exclusive access pass)
  • Wildcard (student identification card)

Canvas Course Management System

Every SPS course has a secure course website accessible only to instructors and their students through Northwestern's Course Management System, Canvas. The course website allows instructors to make their course materials — including documents, presentations, sound and video clips — available to their students on the web, as well to communicate directly with students by email.

Student Services

While enrolled as an SPS student, we encourage you to take advantage of the various student services available to you, including advising and success workshops. The Student Services team is available to help you with the following resources:

Student Life:

Career Services

SPS degree-seeking and certificate students are encouraged to discuss their career goals with their academic advisors. SPS academic advisers are available to help with job
search strategies, resume review, and provide program-tailored career advice.

Faculty Services

For all information pertaining to faculty, visit this section. The SPS Faculty Handbook is the optimal resource for answering questions related to policy and proceedure. It is recommended that you print a copy of the handbook for your reference.

Faculty Service Highlights:

Registration Questions

Northwestern University School of Professional Studies Office of the Registrar can help with issues associated with register for classes and ordering official academic documents. View the following links for help with your particular question.

Common Registration Requests

Maps & Facilities

Get oriented to the SPS campuses and find the locations for important buildings by reviewing the following resources:

Campus Maps:


Visit the glossary page for an explanation of terms used in SPS program descriptions, instructions and policies.