Undergraduate Registration Requirement

The Undergraduate Registration Requirement (URR) applies to undergraduate students seeking a bachelor’s degree and must be completed in addition to the degree requirements established by the various school faculties. Each school specifies a minimum number of units of credit needed for a bachelor’s degree (42 or more, depending on the degree). The URR specifies the number of quarters a student must be registered at Northwestern and how much credit must be earned at Northwestern. It is predicated on the principle that when a student receives a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University, the majority of the student’s academic work is completed at the University.

For the purposes of the URR, the following definitions apply:

·      Being “registered at Northwestern” for a quarter means that during that quarter the student is registered for and completes Northwestern course work worth at least two full units of credit under the supervision of Northwestern faculty members. Eligible course work includes, for instance, the practicum in the School of Education and Social Policy and the Journalism Residency in the Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications. It does not include the Walter P. Murphy Cooperative Engineering Education Program or most study abroad credits (see exception below).

·      For counting number of quarters, a credit-bearing course is considered “completed” if a student receives any of the following grades: A, B, C (including pluses and minuses), D, F, P, N, X, Y, K or W.

·      Only credits earned (not just attempted) count toward the minimum units of credit needed. Thus, only courses in which the student receives an A, B, C (including pluses and minuses), D, or P are included.

The provisions of the URR are:

·      A student entering as a first-year student in a four-year degree program must be registered at Northwestern for at least 9 quarters and earn credit for courses worth at least 32 units at the University.

·      A student entering as a first-year student in a dual bachelor’s degree program must be registered at Northwestern for at least 12 quarters and earn credit for courses worth at least 42 units at the University. See the Undergraduate Catalog for information on approved dual bachelor's degree programs.

·      A student entering as a transfer student in a four-year degree program must be registered at the Northwestern for at least 6 quarters and earn credit for courses worth at least 23 units at the University.

·      A student entering as a transfer student in a dual bachelor’s degree program must be registered at Northwestern for at least 9 quarters and earn credit for courses worth at least 32 units at the University. See the Undergraduate Catalog for information on approved dual bachelor's degree programs.

·      Students in Northwestern’s Honors Program in Medical Education (HPME) and Integrated Science Program (ISP) are subject to special URR regulations. For details, please contact the respective programs.

·      As noted above, most study abroad credit does not count toward the URR. There is one exception: Some Northwestern study abroad programs offer courses with Northwestern course numbers and the “SA” course designation. A student who completes at least two full units of credit in such courses during a quarter is considered to be “registered at Northwestern” for that quarter, and this credit will count toward the minimum needed to satisfy the URR. Transfer credit for study abroad courses that do not carry Northwestern course numbers and the SA designation will not be counted toward the URR.

·      A student may appeal for a URR variance to the Registration Requirement Appeals Committee, which consists of the associate provost for University enrollment, the associate provost for undergraduate education, the University registrar, and two associate/assistant deans from different undergraduate schools. The deans serve three-year terms on a rotating basis. The student should submit a written petition to the degree auditor in the Office of the Registrar. The petition must be specific and document any unusual or mitigating circumstances such as illness, family hardship, or a death in the family. The student should also submit a letter from an academic advisor who is familiar with the situation. The Registration Requirement Appeals Committee convenes on a regular basis to review petitions.

For additional information, interpretation, or application of the URR, contact your academic advisor, or the Office of the Registrar, 633 Clark Street, Evanston, Illinois 60208-1118, 847-491-5234, or nu-registrar@northwestern.edu.