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Post-baccalaureate Programs

Important Dates

Application deadlines for post-baccalaureate programs and the SPS academic calendar, including quarter dates and registration deadlines, are detailed below. 

Application Deadlines — Post-baccalaureate Programs

  • Fall quarter: August 1
  • Winter quarter: November 1
  • Spring quarter: February 1
  • Summer quarter: May 1

Application Deadlines — Professional Health Careers Programs

  • Fall quarter: June 1
  • Winter quarter: November 1
  • Spring quarter: February 1
  • Summer quarter: March 1

*Note: Due to the sequential format of the science courses, pre-medicine, pre-physician assistant, pre-physical therapy and pre-nursing students may only apply for the summer or fall quarters.

Quarter Dates

Academic Calendar



Fall 2017


JULY 5 Registration for Fall 2017 begins
AUGUST 4 Last day to submit incomplete work for Spring 2017
27 Registration for Fall 2017 ends at 11:59 p.m. CDT
28 Late registration for Fall 2017 begins; $75 late registration fee applies
SEPTEMBER 19 Fall 2017 quarter begins
24 Last day to add a Fall 2017 course, change to P/NP and audit, and change sections in CAESAR
29 Last day to add a Fall 2017 course, change to P/NP and audit, and change sections with Change of Registration Form
OCTOBER 27 Last day to drop a Fall 2017 course without academic penalty (withdrawals after this date will result in a “W” grade posted to the transcript. Requests for withdrawal can be initiated until the final day of the term.)
NOVEMBER 3 Last day to submit incomplete work for Summer 2017
3 Last day to submit Program Completion Form for fall post-baccalaureate completion
  13 Registration for Winter 2018 begins at 8:30 a.m. CDT
  22 Thanksgiving vacation begins; no classes through November 26
27 Classes resume
 DECEMBER  9 Last day of classes for Fall 2017 quarter
  10 Registration for Winter 2018 ends at 11:59 p.m. CDT
  11 Late registration for Winter 2018 begins; $75 late registration fee applies
  12 Grades for Fall 2017 available through CAESAR

Winter 2018


JANUARY 8 Winter 2018 quarter begins
  14 Last day to add a Winter 2018 course, change to P/NP and audit, and change sections in CAESAR
  15 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day; no classes in session
  19 Last day to add a Winter 2018 course, change to P/NP and audit, and change sections with Change of Registration Form
FEBRUARY 16 Last day to drop a Winter 2018 course without academic penalty (withdrawals after this date will result in a “W” grade posted to the transcript. Requests for withdrawal can be initiated until the final day of the term.)
23 Last day to submit Program Completion Form for winter post-baccalaureate completion
  23 Last day to submit incomplete work for Fall 2017
26 Registration for Spring 2018 opens at 8:30 a.m. CDT

Spring 2018


MARCH 11 Registration for Spring 2018 ends at 11:59 p.m. CDT
  12 Late registration for Spring 2018 begins; $75 late registration fee applies
  24 Last day of classes for Winter 2018 quarter; spring break begins
  27 Grades for Winter 2018 available through CAESAR
APRIL 2 Spring 2018 quarter begins
8 Last day to add a Spring 2018 course, change to P/NP and audit, and change sections in CAESAR
  13 Last day to add a Spring 2018 course, change to P/NP and audit, and change sections with Change of Registration Form
  16 Summer Session 2018 registration opens
20 Last day to submit Program Completion Form for spring post-baccalaureate completion
MAY 11 Last day to drop a Spring 2018 course without academic penalty (withdrawals after this date will result in a “W” grade posted to the transcript. Requests for withdrawal can be initiated until the final day of the term.)
  18 Last day to submit incomplete work for Winter 2018
  28 Memorial Day, no classes in session
JUNE 16 Last day of classes for Spring 2018 quarter
  19 Grades for Spring 2018 available through CAESAR

Summer 2018


  22 Northwestern Commencement / School of Professional Studies Convocation
  25 Summer Session 2018 begins; late registration for Summer 2018 begins
  29 Late registration for Summer 2018 ends
 JULY
4 Independence Day, no classes in session
5 Registration for Fall 2018 opens at 8:30 a.m. CDT
20 Last day to submit Program Completion Form for summer post-baccalaureate completion
SEPTEMBER
1 Summer Session 2018 ends