SPS Student Services



Coronavirus Update on SPS Activities and Services

For all active students in credit-bearing programs

As the Northwestern community works to combat the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the university has limited on-campus activity. We are taking precautions to pause any on-campus activities and services in School of Professional Studies (SPS) buildings, on both the Evanston and Chicago campuses. This includes all face-to-face appointments or walk-ins that require staff to be on campus. Remote and online activities will continue as usual, and our staff is looking forward to helping you by email and through Zoom appointments.

We hope that these additional precautions will have a limited impact on SPS students because we have already implemented a robust online approach to enable our students to manage their educational needs at a distance.

Our staff will continue to serve students virtually, but we will be closing our doors to foot traffic starting today, March 16. To connect to SPS administrative offices, visit the website listed below.

We are enacting these practices because we believe they will help slow the spread of COVID-19. As a global University, part of our mission is to improve our community and contribute to the greater good. By helping limit the spread of COVID-19, we are protecting not just ourselves but those beyond our campus, including those who are more susceptible to the virus, such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions.

For the latest messages, advisories and information about Coronavirus (COVID-19) for Northwestern University students, faculty, staff, and others, please visit Northwestern’s Coronavirus/COVID-19 updates website or the Frequently Asked Questions section.

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About SPS Student Services

The Department of Student Services supports the academic and professional growth of SPS students. The Student Services team guides students through academic planning, policies, and administrative procedures, and promotes a supportive environment to foster student success. Students are encouraged to actively make use of the resources and staff available to assist them.

The advising team assists students in a variety of academic-related matters during their time at SPS, including:

  • Orientation and recommending resources to new students
  • Degree planning assistance
  • Proactive communications to keep students on track
  • Course selection (including alternative course options, capstone enrollment, and specialization routes)
  • Assessment of progress toward graduation
  • Guidance to the academic policies and procedures of the school and university
  • Assistance with other university offices and resources
  • Referring students in need to additional support
  • Recognition of outstanding student achievement
  • Assistance in career planning (e.g. self-assessment, resumes and cover letter consultation, leveraging credentials)
  • Transitioning to active members of the alumni network
  • Fostering an environment of professionalism
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