Requirements and Policies

​Degrees, Academic Options, and Requirements

Undergraduate degree requirements are established by the faculties of each school and thus differ significantly by school.  A student's degree requirements are determined by their school, and all must pursue at least one major (their degree major) in their home school to earn a Northwestern undergraduate degree.

Students often also elect to pursue additional majors, minors, certificates, and other special programs in schools other than their own, in addition to those from their home school.  A program like this results in a single undergraduate degree with multiple majors. 

Students may also apply and be admitted to multiple schools that offer pre-approved dual degrees.  A program like this results in two different undergraduate degrees conferred by the two different schools and often requires an additional year of study.

All undergraduate students must also meet the Undergraduate Registration Requirement.

Academic Advising

Academic advising is an essential component of an under­graduate education. All first-year students are assigned an academic adviser through their school. Returning students may obtain academic advice through their major department and from the dean’s office of their school. 

In addition to meeting with an academic adviser on a regular basis, students should routinely check their academic requirementsaccessible via CAESAR and McCormick MASto ensure that they are meeting their degree requirements; any concerns about progress or discrepancies in the reports should be promptly discussed with an adviser.