Resources

Student Services

The Office of Student Services exists to support your learning goals throughout your student career. Learn more about the resources, services and events which the Office of Student Services offers throughout the quarter.

Student Services Offices

Chicago campus:
Wieboldt Hall
339 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60611
312-503-6950

Evanston campus:
405 Church Street
Evanston, Illinois 60208
847-491-5234

Academic and Career Advisers

Undergraduate and Post-baccalaureate Advisers

Howard Kantoff: Art History, Communication Studies, Communication Systems, English Literature, English Writing, History, Radio/Television/Film, all non-professional health post-baccalaureate certificates

Colleen Prebelich: Anthropology, Economics, Information Systems, Leadership and Organizaiton Behavior, Organization Behavior, Political Science, Sociology

SPS Student Services: Biological Sciences, Mathematics, Psychology, professional health post-baccalacureate certificates


Graduate Advisers

Adrienne Gunn: Creative Writing, Information Systems, Liberal Arts, Literature

Colleen Prebelich: Medical Informatics, Public Policy and Administration

Lindsey Pfleger: Predictive Analytics (last names A–N)

Jigbie Aguirre: Global Health, Information Strategy and Design, Predictive Analytics (last names O–Z), Regulatory Compliance, Sports Administration

Academic and Other Available Resources

The Writing Place

Free tutoring service available to SPS students on both campuses, providing assistance with writing papers. All appointments must be made online. Please see the website for hours and other details.

Chicago campus: The Writing Place
Evanston campus: The Writing Place

The Math Place

Free math tutoring service for SPS students in all math subjects, located in the Schaffner Library in Wieboldt Hall on the Chicago campus. Please see the website for hours and other details.

Chicago campus: The Math Place
Evanston campus: Mathematics Department

Additional Tutoring Services

The following departments on the Evanston campus offer free tutoring services for undergraduate students:

For tutoring outside of the areas listed above, SPS academic advisers can work to refer students to independent tutors in certain subject areas.

Other Available Services

The following links provide information regarding other university services available to all students:

Student Groups

Student Advisory Board

Northwestern University School of Professional (SPS) Studies Student Advisory Board (SAB) serves as an advocate for the SPS student body. The SAB promotes communication and a sense of community among SPS students and works to enhance available student services. The SAB is committed to being flexible and representative of the diverse SPS student body. If you have questions contact SAB via email at sab@northwestern.edu.

SAB Officers:
President: Eliza Carandang

Vice President: Sehban Zaidi

Northwestern University Pre-Health Professionals

As a School of Professional Studies sponsored organization, the Northwestern University Pre-Health Professionals (NUPP) group is a community dedicated to the successful admission of its members into programs that lead to careers in medical, health and veterinary practice. In addition, NUPP serves as a forum for the discussion of personal and academic experiences, as a collective resource of relevant information and as a representative for the body of non-traditional pre-health students.

For membership or general information, please send an email to the following address: nupp@u.northwestern.edu.

For more information on these or other student groups, please contact SPS Student Services.

Physician Shadowing Program for Premed Students

Thanks to collaboration between the Feinberg School of Medicine and Northwestern Memorial Hospital, SPS students will be given the opportunity to shadow physicians, as an integral part of the preparation needed for medical school. This program is only available to SPS undergraduate biology majors who seek to apply to medical school and premedicine students who have been admitted into our post-baccalaureate certificate program.

For more information, please contact Kate Schultz, SPS Pre-Health Adviser.

Student Services Team

Jigbie Aguirre
Academic and Career Adviser
jigbie.aguirre@northwestern.edu

Vanessa Carpenter
Student Services Assistant
v-carpenter@northwestern.edu

Adrienne Gunn
Academic and Career Adviser
a-gunn@northwestern.edu

Howard Kantoff
Academic and Career Adviser
h-kantoff@northwestern.edu

Denise Ledsinger
Director of Student Services
d-ledsinger@northwestern.edu

Lindsey Pfleger
Academic and Career Adviser
lindsey.pfleger@northwestern.edu

Colleen Prebelich
Academic and Career Adviser
colleen.prebelich@northwestern.edu

Renee Wright
Associate Director of Alumni Relations and Development
rwright@northwestern.edu

Career Services

We have career services available for all SPS students and alumni. If you are interested in workshops, getting involved or meeting with our career services counselor, please visit our Career Services page.

Academic Integrity and Policies

All material submitted as part of any class exercise must be the actual work of the student whose name appears on the material. Students are cautioned against the possession of unauthorized material during any examination or quiz. A student who is found guilty of dishonesty in academic work may receive a failing grade for the course and may be dismissed from the University. Please see the website for the guide on Academic Integrity and a letter from the Provost.

Students must maintain good academic standing. If a grade of C-, D, F, X, or Y is received in any term, a registration hold will be placed on your record, preventing you from registering for the following academic term unless you receive an adviser's consent. Students must have at least a C average in all courses completed at Northwestern to meet the requirements for a bachelor's degree. Certificate students must earn grades of C or better to meet certificate requirements. Pre-health certificate students must complete all required courses with a B average to earn the certificate.

You may be placed on academic probation if you

  • Do not maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in a given term, or within your major/minor
  • Do not demonstrate satisfactory academic progress, in the opinion of the Student Affairs Committee
  • Have a consistent history of withdrawals (W), unofficial withdrawals (X), incompletes (Y), failures (F), or failing to complete at least half of the courses begun in any two consecutive quarters

If your cumulative GPA falls below 2.0, you will be given one term to raise it to a minimum of 2.0.

You may be dismissed for

  • Failing to get off academic probation in the next term
  • Failing to demonstrate satisfactory academic progress
  • Violating academic integrity
  • Violating the student code of conduct

For further information on academic policies, please refer to the undergraduate student handbook or the graduate student handbook.

Academic Honors

Dean's List

Congratulations to the students who have achieved the recognition of being named to the Dean's list for their academic performance in the most recent academic quarter. 

Academic Honor Society

Northwestern University is home to the Alpha (founding) chapter of Alpha Sigma Lambda, the national honor society for continuing education students. The society honors dedicated adult students who, while adroitly handling the responsibilities of family and career, achieve and maintain high scholastic standards.

Students must satisfy the following requirements to be eligible for membership:

  • Admission into a SPS bachelor's degree program
  • Attendance at SPS for at least four semesters
  • Completion of at least 9 units at SPS in regular credit courses
  • Completion of at least 5 units in the liberal arts and sciences
  • Cumulative grade point average of at least 3.70
  • Must be at least 24 years old and must be working toward first bachelors degree

Visit the Alpha Sigma Lambda website for details.

Health Services

SPS degree-seeking students* are eligible to make use of the services provided by the University Health Service. Coverage in this Plan is effective from September 1 and expires on August 31 of each academic year; applications must be made annually in the Health Services office. To enroll or for more information, visit the Northwestern University Health Services website.

* To qualify, you must be full time and part of an on-campus or blended SPS program

Students with Disabilities

It is Northwestern University policy to ensure that no qualified student with a disability is denied the benefits of, excluded from participation in, or otherwise subjected to discrimination in any University program or activity.  Northwestern University and the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) are committed to providing a supportive and challenging environment for all students with disabilities who attend the University. Additionally, the University and SSD work to provide students with disabilities a learning and community environment that affords them full participation, equal access, and reasonable accommodation of their disabilities.  

It is important for a student who needs assistance with regard to any disability to notify SSD and SPS promptly for assistance in obtaining appropriate services. SPS Students seeking disability accommodations should contact SSD at 847-467-5530 in Evanston or 312-503-4042 in Chicago. 

School of Professional Studies Convocation Day Schedule

All School of Professional Studies undergraduate and graduate students who will have completed or will complete their programs at the end of the fall, winter, spring, and summer of the 2013-2014 academic year, are encouraged to participate in the SPS Convocation, SPS Reception and NU Commencement ceremonies on Friday, June 20, 2014.

For more information and a detailed schedule of these events, please visit the SPS Convocation page.

Undergraduate Financial Aid

SPS Undergrads can find financial aid information by visiting The Chicago Office of Financial Aid. Professional Development and Post-baccalaureate students (with the exception of those in the Professional Health Careers) are not eligible for financial aid. 


Satisfactory Academic Progress Requirements for Financial Aid
SPS students must demonstrate satisfactory academic progress (SAP) in three fundamental ways:

  • by maintaining a GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • by completing a specified number of courses per academic year
  • by completing their program within a specified period of time

Students are encouraged to read the full SAP policy for more information.


Office of Financial Aid
Abbott Hall, Room 629
710 North Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60611-3078
312-503-8722
financial-aid-chicago@northwestern.edu

Student Accounts

To discuss payments, billing, refunds and holds, please contact the Student Accounts Department.

Student Accounts Department
Abbott Hall
710 North Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60611
312-503-8503

Graduate Financial Aid

SPS students admitted to a master's program may be eligible for federal and state grants, student loans or SPS awards. Some employers offer tuition assistance plans; students should check with their employers before starting a program of study to see if tuition assistance is a part of their employee benefit package.

The Chicago Financial Aid Office administers the financial aid program for all graduate students. To access financial aid guidelines, forms and application deadlines, visit their website or contact them at:

Office of Financial Aid
Abbott Hall, Room 629
710 North Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60611-3078
312-503-8722
financial-aid-chicago@northwestern.edu