Student Status

Classification of Students

Class Units Completed
Senior 33+ units complete
Junior 22 - 33 units complete (Engineering Co-Op students are considered preseniors when they have completed 32 units and seniors when they have completed 40 units)
Sophomore 11 - 22 units complete
First-year student less than 11 units complete
  • Graduate student: has a bachelor’s degree or equivalent and has been admitted to a graduate program
  • Special student: is not working toward a degree at Northwestern but is working for credit

Student Status for Financial Aid & Enrollment Verification

Financial Aid Status Units
Full Time 3.00+
Half-time 2.00-2.99
Less than Half Time or Part Time Less than 2.00

Class Rank

Northwestern University does not rank its students.

Interschool Transfers

Undergraduate students who wish to transfer from one school or college of the University to another must have an interschool transfer approved by the dean’s office of each school. A return to the original school must be approved in the same way. Approval of an interschool transfer is usually contingent on satisfactory performance in the original school. The policy concerning interschool transfer and application deadlines can be found at


Auditors are persons who enroll in a course to observe or listen only; they are not permitted to engage in class discussion, submit written or oral assignments, or take examinations, and they do not receive academic credit. Degree-seeking students may not audit classes.