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Registration Information

Visiting Students

Registration Process

The Summer Session registration period is April 12, 2021 through June 20, 2021.

PLEASE NOTE: You must register for all summer classes during the registration period listed above, even if the class does not begin until later in the summer.

Summer Session begins June 21, 2021. See information below regarding late registration.

Complete the online registration form

Summer Visiting Student Registration Form

         Note: Registration procedures for international visiting students are here.

Full-Time Northwestern Employees

Full-time Northwestern employees register as visiting students using the Visiting Student Registration Form (above).

Full-time Northwestern employees may qualify for a reduced tuition rate for undergraduate, professional development, and Summer Institute classes. You must submit a Tuition Benefit Application one month before registration. If this form is not filed, you will be billed for the full tuition. The Tuition Benefit Applications are available from Human Resources at 720 University Place, Evanston, and Abbott Hall, Room 150, Chicago. For further information, including details on benefits for spouses and dependants, please visit the Human Resources website or call 847-491-7513.

Certified Secondary Education Teachers

Certified Secondary Education teachers who wish to receive the reduced tuition rate should email after April 12, 2021 for an electronic copy of the Secondary Education Visiting Student Registration form. This discount is available to currently employed, full-time secondary education teachers only. Please print, complete, and mail the form with payment to the address below. You must also review and agree to the change of registration policy. See New Student Checklist for next steps.

SPS Registrar
School of Professional Studies
Wieboldt Hall, Room 612
339 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60611-3008

Next Steps

  1. After the registration form is processed (which may take up to five business days), you will receive an email with instructions on how to login and make your non-refundable tuition deposit. If your courses are closed, you will be notified by phone or email and may choose an alternate course. Please make sure the contact information on your registration form is current and accurate.

  2. The Office of Student Finance will issue a bill for the balance due. Students will be charged a 2.75% processing fee for all credit card payments on the balance. If you have questions regarding billing and payments on your balance, please contact the Office of Student Finance, 555 Clark Street, Evanston, Illinois 60208, phone: 847-491-5224. (

  3. You are responsible for fulfilling your financial obligations to the University. Students whose University accounts are overdue must pay a late payment fee of $200 and may not be given an academic transcript until all financial obligations are paid in full. The Director of Student Finance may cancel or prevent the registration of a student whose bills are past due.

Important: Complete all steps found on the New Student Checklist for Visiting Students

Changes in Registration

Students who have registered for a course are considered to be enrolled for its duration, and are expected to attend all sessions of their registered courses. Excessive absences do not signal a student's intent to drop or withdraw, and is cause for failure in the course. The student is also responsible for any tuition balance remaining on their account. Therefore, students wishing to change their registration in any way — by adding or dropping a course — must do so through the SPS Registrar's office. Only the SPS Registrar's office may process registration changes. Do not contact the course instructor, Office of Student Finance or the Office of the Registrar on the Evanston campus regarding adds, drops and withdrawals.

SPS Registrar
School of Professional Studies
Wieboldt Hall, Room 612
339 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL  60611-3008

The following policies apply to all changes in registration:

  • Registration changes of any kind (adds, drops, or withdrawals) are only accepted by following the procedures below. Do not send correspondence regarding registration changes to the instructor or the Office of Student Finance. Only the SPS Registrar's Office can process registration changes. Please keep dated copies of any correspondence with the registrar.
  • You may add a course up to its second class meeting. Tuition for added courses must be paid in full at the time of the change and may be paid by check or money order, or by completing the credit card authorization on the Change of Registration Form.
  • You may drop a course up until 60% of the course has elapsed without receiving academic penalty (no W on transcript).
  • If 60% or more of the course has elapsed on the date of the drop request, the course remains on your transcript with a grade of W.
  • Failure to attend a course does not constitute a drop or withdrawal under any circumstances and incurs a failing grade (F) on official transcripts.
  • You may withdraw entirely from Summer Session by filling out the Cancellation/Withdrawal Form available in the Office of the Registrar.
  • Students who drop courses or withdraw from Summer Session may be eligible for a tuition refund, less any nonrefundable fees and deposits. Please see the Refund Policy and Schedule under the Tuition & Fees.

Late Registration

Late Registration begins June 22, 2020

For more information on enrolling late, please see our Late Registration page.

Health Information

Visiting Summer Session students are not required to provide proof of immunization. Nevertheless, Northwestern University strongly recommends that the student’s immunizations are up to date. By doing so, the risk of disease is reduced for all Summer Session students.

Please contact the Health Services Office at 847-491-8100, if you have any questions.

Academic Integrity

Northwestern University students and faculty are committed to scholarly principles that respect and acknowledge individual achievement. As such, certain behaviors are viewed as unacceptable, including cheating, plagiarism, falsifying or fabricating information, and aiding or abetting academic dishonesty. Students who violate these principles are subject to penalties, including course failure and dismissal from the university. Read more about academic integrity policies.


Northwestern Nondiscrimination Statement

Northwestern University does not discriminate or permit discrimination by any member of its community against any individual on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, parental status, marital status, age, disability, citizenship status, veteran status, genetic information, reproductive health decision making, or any other classification protected by law in matters of admissions, employment, housing, or services or in the educational programs or activities it operates. Harassment, whether verbal, physical, or visual, that is based on any of these characteristics is a form of discrimination. Further prohibited by law is discrimination against any employee and/or job applicant who chooses to inquire about, discuss, or disclose their own compensation or the compensation of another employee or applicant.

Northwestern University complies with federal and state laws that prohibit discrimination based on the protected categories listed above, including Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. Title IX requires educational institutions, such as Northwestern, to prohibit discrimination based on sex (including sexual harassment) in the University’s educational programs and activities, including in matters of employment and admissions. In addition, Northwestern provides reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants, students, and employees with disabilities and to individuals who are pregnant.

Any alleged violations of this policy or questions with respect to nondiscrimination or reasonable accommodations should be directed to Northwestern’s Office of Equity, 1800 Sherman Avenue, Suite 4-500, Evanston, Illinois 60208, 847-467-6165,

Questions specific to sex discrimination (including sexual misconduct and sexual harassment) should be directed to Northwestern’s Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equity, 1800 Sherman Avenue, Suite 4-500, Evanston, Illinois 60208, 847-467-6165,

A person may also file a complaint with the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights regarding an alleged violation of Title IX by visiting or calling 800-421-3481. Inquiries about the application of Title IX to Northwestern may be referred to Northwestern’s Title IX Coordinator, the United States Department of Education’s Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, or both.


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