NU Access

Below you will find resources for accessing the various services at Northwestern, once you are a registered student.


To access CAESAR, Blackboard, and Canvas students need an active NetID and password. After initial admission to SPS, new students will receive a letter in the mail with instructions on how to self-activate their NetID. This letter will contain an activation code that will allow you to activate your NetID from any computer that has an Internet connection. This will also create your Northwestern University email inbox when activated. For more information about NetIDs, visit Northwestern University Information Technology Support, or contact 847-491-4357 to receive a temporary PIN/password.


Once admitted, students are able to obtain a WildCARD student identification card, which provides access to computer labs, library facilities and University services.

  • On-campus students can visit the WildCARD offices in Evanston and Chicago to obtain their WildCARDs.

  • Online students who are not in close proximity to the WildCARD offices may use the process below to obtain a WildCARD:

1. Upload a digital photograph of yourself (NetID required, Internet Explorer recommended).  This image will be used for your identification and needs to provide a clear image of your face, head, and shoulders. The photo must be taken in front of a white background from a distance of two to three feet.

2. Mail a notarized copy of your driver’s license, state ID or passport to:

Northwestern University
School of Professional Studies
339 E. Chicago Ave, 6th Floor
Chicago, IL 60611
attn: WildCARD

Listserv at SPS

To facilitate communication between students, faculty, and staff, email Listservs have been created for each SPS graduate program and undergraduate major. These Listservs promote open communication about events, internships, career opportunities, and other pertinent news like course offerings and scheduling changes.

The academic program listservs are undergoing an update and are temporarily unavailable for new subscriptions. Please check back after 3/7/2015.