Northwestern University requires at least 45 courses to graduate with a bachelor's degree.
If students would like to graduate in less time than normal, they can choose the accelerated degree program. Northwestern accepts transfer credits. The school accepts AP credit. Additionally, Northwestern has a summer session, so students can earn credits during the summer.
NOTE: Around 95% of students who start college at Northwestern complete all the credits required within six years.
Northwestern offers an orientation program before the start of fall classes to prepare new students for college life.
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Reminder: Northwestern may have additional academic options available for new and transfering students. Make sure to check with the universty directly for any additional information.
Northwestern does not have a core curriculum. Since there are no specific-classes required in order to graduate, students have a lot of flexibiity about what classes they choose to take.
Students are required to fulfill a language requirement
Students do not have to take a computer class.
Reminder: Check with Northwestern directly for more information on requirements. Individual departments or majors may have additional required courses.
When choosing a major, Northwestern students have several choices to make. Scroll down to the bottom of this page to see a full list of majors offered at Northwestern.
Student Designed Majors
Northwestern allows students to design their own major, if desired. If students would like to study something that is not offered as an official major, designing their own major is a great alternative.
Northwestern does not require a senior project for all students.
Double Majoring at Northwestern
Northwestern offers students the option to double major, if they would like. Student struggling to choose just one area of study may consider a double major.
NOTE: Declaring a double major may mean taking more courses, but it can provide a unique combination of experience that helps students stand out when looking for a job or applying to grad school.
✅ Northwestern does offer services for students with disabilities.
Prospective students can contact the college's Office of Accessibility Services to learn more about any support and accomodations offered. These conversations are usually kept confidential and will not be shared with the admissions office if you do not wish to share.
❌ Northwestern does not have distance learning options or fully-online programs, so students must be able to attend classes on-campus.
✅ Northwestern offers some credit for Advanced Placement (AP) classes taken in high school. Schools have different requirements for what AP scores they accept, so some students may not receive AP credit.
❌ Northwestern does not offer an honors program or a Freshman Honor College. Students must complete a senior project if they are in the Honors Program at Northwestern.
🟨 Northwestern does not require an internship for all students, but does require an internship for students in some majors.
The main library on campus is the University Library and there are 6 other libraries on campus.
A dual degree program allows a student to study and earn two degrees at the same time.
Northwestern does not have any dual degree programs available for students.
What is ROTC?
The Reserve Officers' Training Corps, which is also commonly known as ROTC, is a leadership program that prepares students to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces after graduation. College level ROTC programs prepare students to become officers in the military through physical, academic, and leadership training. ROTC programs are part of the college curriculum and usually cover the cost of tuition.
Does Northwestern have any ROTC programs?
Each branch of the miltary has its own ROTC program, but not every program is available at every college. Possible programs include Army ROTC, Air Force ROTC, and Navy ROTC.
Northwestern has an Army ROTC program, an Air Force ROTC program and a Navy ROTC program.
Some ROTC programs are provided directly on campus and others are hosted at a cooperating instiution off campus. The ROTC program locations at Northwestern include:
•an Army ROTC branch unit hosted at a cooperating instution off campus
•a Navy ROTC branch unit on campus
•an Air Force ROTC branch unit hosted at a cooperating instution off campus
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