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Northwestern SPS Undergraduate Students

Registration Process

The Summer Session registration period is April 10 through June 19, 2023.

Classes begin Tuesday, June 20, 2023. See information below regarding late registration.

SPS students may register for Summer Session courses. Please note that academic policies pertaining to enrollment through SPS are drawn from the School of Professional Studies Academic Integrity and Policies.

Current or Returning SPS Students

Registration begins April 10, 2023. Current SPS students may select courses, register and pay for tuition on CAESAR. The Summer Session class schedule will be viewable in CAESAR beginning April 3, 2023. See below for information on late registration and procedures for Study Abroad and Field Studies opportunities.

Full-Time Northwestern Employees

Full-time Northwestern employees register for summer courses as visiting students using the Visiting Student Registration Form. Please visit the Visiting Student tab on the Summer Session website for more information.

Late Registration

SPS students may register for courses during the first week of Summer Session but incur a $75 late registration fee. Full payment of tuition and applicable fees are due at the time of late registration. We cannot guarantee that all classes will still be available. Late registration does not excuse you from missed course work.

Late registrations are accepted June 20 through June 26. Please contact:

Registrar, School of Professional Studies
Wieboldt Hall
339 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60611
(Do not send forms with payment or SSN information via email. Contact the Registrar for more information.)

Credit and Grades

Course Credit

SPS students earn one unit of credit per course unless otherwise noted (e.g., Field Study and Study Abroad courses).

Pass/No Credit (P/N)

If the course is not setup to have the grading basis as a Student option in CAESAR, the course is ineligible for Pass/No Pass and must be taken for a letter grade. Course subjects in Math, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Computer Science, Information Systems and Physics generally may not be taken as P/NP.

Independent Study

SPS students with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 who have been admitted to a bachelor’s degree program and wish to pursue academic interests not available in SPS course offerings may design an independent study project. This project may involve in-depth research of a topic introduced in a regular course, original research, or creative work under the guidance of a faculty member. Separate applications are available for each type of independent study and must be submitted to the associate dean of student services and registration for approval at least two weeks before the term begins. Independent study is the most advanced course an undergraduate student can take and is comparable to a 300-level course. Required courses in the major may not be taken as independent study. Students may enroll in a maximum of three independent study courses in a bachelor's degree program.

Intensive Course Sequences

Complete One Year of Curriculum in Nine Weeks

Intensive course sequences compress three quarters of academic work into one summer. Each course counts as one credit and carries its own tuition. Each sequence meets five days per week for three weeks. Individual courses in any intensive sequence may be taken separately, subject to prerequisites and department approval. Please view individual course descriptions for full details.

Intensive course sequences available in Summer 2022: (Intensive course offerings for Summer 2023 will be available January 23, 2023.)



Grade Reports and Official Transcripts

Current Students: Access the online transcript request through CAESAR. Transcripts requests must be paid for with a credit card. 

Former Students: Access the online transcript request through the Parchment Exchange system. The site will walk you through placing your order, including delivery options and fees. Order updates will be emailed to you, and you can check your order status and history. Your credit card will only be charged after your order has been completed.

No refunds will be issued once an order is submitted. No transcript will be issued until payment is received. Transcript requests will not be processed for students with a transcript hold on their student record, or to a student who is delinquent in the payment of tuition or fees to the University.

Please contact with any questions.

Additional Information for SPS Students

Field Studies and Summer Study Abroad

To receive credit for a Field Study or Study Abroad program, SPS students must petition the SPS Academic Affairs Committee before the start of Summer Session. Up to six units of credit may be earned through these programs.

Academic Advising

If you have questions about regulations, degree requirements, course sequences, or other academic matters, you may arrange an appointment with an academic adviser. Please contact the Chicago office at  or 312-503-6950.


Online registration is open for all students from April 11 through June 19. You can log on to CAESAR at and register with an active NetID. Simply enter your NetID and password on the CAESAR welcome page.

If you don't yet have your NetID, you can still browse courses. Login as a guest.

Detailed information about using the CAESAR system is available on the Student Enterprise Systems (SES) page. For assistance, contact the SPS Registrar Help Line at 312-503-3329 or CAESAR Technical Support at 847-467-4357.

About Your NetID

To use CAESAR, you need an active NetID and password. If you have taken a course at SPS during the 2023 Spring term, your NetID is already active. If you don't know your NetID, please contact NUIT Support at or call 847-491-4357.

If you have not taken a course at SPS during the 2023 Spring term, you must renew your status and activate your NetID to use CAESAR. To renew, send an email to and include your first and last name and date of birth. Then you can visit the NUIT Support Center or Wieboldt Hall to receive your NetID and password

Note: It takes 48 hours to process your renewed SPS status. NetIDs and passwords must be picked up in person with a valid WildCARD or government issued photo ID.

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