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Frequently Asked Questions

Northwestern SPS Undergraduate Students

Summer Session FAQ

What are the Summer Session dates?
Tuesday, June 20–August 27, 2023; Some courses may meet outside of these dates. Please see individual course listings for specific dates.

How many sessions are offered at Northwestern during the summer?
There is only one Summer Session which includes courses that range from two to ten weeks in length, however, there is only ONE registration period for ALL summer courses. Students must register for all summer classes before June 20, 2023, even if the course start date is later in the summer. (This also includes the 2nd and 3rd intensive course sequences.)

When can I register?
Registration opens April 10, 2023 and continues through June 19, 2023. The Change of Registration period is from June 20 - 26, 2023.

Can I pay with a credit card?
Yes. MasterCard, Discover and Visa are accepted.

If you do not pay your tuition in full when you register, the Office of Student Accounts will bill you for the balance within 30 days. If you pay this remaining balance due with a credit card, you will be charged a 2.75% processing fee. You will not be charged this fee if you pay your tuition balance with an electronic check, check, or money order. If you have questions regarding billing and payments on your balance due, please contact the Office of Students at 847-491-5224 or visit Student Financial Services website.

How much is tuition?
Tuition for SPS students will be $2,179 per course/unit of credit. Please see individual course listings or the Tuition and Fees page for additional fees.

How do I change my schedule by adding or dropping a course?
Detailed instructions, including the tuition refund schedule, are on the Changes in Registration page. You cannot change your registration over the phone or through email.

What are intensive course sequences?
Intensive course sequences are a great way to complete a year's worth of Chemistry, Physics, and some languages in just nine weeks. Please see individual course listings for more information about dates and times for each sequence.

If I need a syllabus for the class I'd like to take, how can I get one?
Syllabi are not kept on file in the Summer Session office. Instructor contact information is available at the Northwestern University Directory. If the instructor does not appear in the directory, please email the Summer Session office at, using the subject line "Instructor Contact Information Request."

Where can I find course textbook information?
The Northwestern bookstores will have a list of course textbooks. You may also contact the instructor or the academic unit.


For additional information, contact the Office of the Summer Session & Special Programs at 847-491-5289 or


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