Wildcat Welcome

Wildcat Welcome

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Welcome to SESP

We are delighted to welcome our new first-year and transfer students to SESP during Wildcat Welcome. While some of our advising will take place over the summer, we will have focused days during Wildcat Welcome dedicated to talking through your academic interests, understanding our SESP advising system and the resources available to you, and determining what courses you'll take your first term at Northwestern. The SESP community is a very special one. We can't wait to welcome you in person!

Questions over the Summer?

New transfer students will hear from their SESP advisor in the late spring/early summer to discuss their initial transfer credit evaluation and fall quarter registration, which for transfer students takes place in early August.

New first-year students will hear from their SESP advisor sometime in August to set up a time to talk over the phone or Skype. First-year students will register for fall quarter classes during Wildcat Welcome; your summer advising appointment with your advisor will help prepare you to use CAESAR to search for and plan a possible fall schedule.

You are welcome to stop by the SESP Student Affairs Office (though, over summer 2019, our building is under construction and we're a bit more difficult to find) or learn more about the Student Affairs Office staff online.


Much of Wildcat Welcome is devoted to academics. As a new student, you 'll have time during this week to consult with your SESP advisor, your new classmates, your peer advisors (PAs) and others. You should come into Wildcat Welcome with some courses in your shopping cart; your SESP advisor will talk with you about this during your summer advising appointment.

Get Credit for Your AP/IB Exam Scores

A Bachelor of Science in Education and Social Policy from Northwestern requires a total of 42 units of credit. If, as many students do, you enter Northwestern with no AP or IB credit, you are not at a disadvantage. In fact, with no prior credits, you can take three classes (rather than four) half of your quarters here and still graduate on time. 

For those students who have had access to robust AP or IB programs, they are able to fulfill up to seven of their 10 distribution requirements with qualifying Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) scores. Consult the AP/IB Credit page to determine which, if any, credit(s) your score(s) have earned you.

Take the Appropriate Placement Exams

If you're thinking about coursework in a foreign language, chemistry, computer science, mathematics or physics at Northwestern, you should plan on taking placement exams. Placement exams determine the level where you should begin. Many departments require placement exams, regardless of AP or IB score. Start with the page above, and then make sure you've consulted each department's website to ensure you've taken the appropriate steps to secure placement in these areas. Your SESP advisor can also help you navigate this.

Contact Us

Student Affairs Office

School of Education and Social Policy

Walter Annenberg Hall
2120 Campus Drive, Suite 123
Evanston, IL 60208
Northwestern University

Phone: 847/491-3790

Email: sespsao@northwestern.edu