Advising for Freshmen
There are many different types of advising in Weinberg College and a variety of on-line resources which work together to help guide you through your time here.
- In your first year, your Freshman Adviser will be your primary source of advising; you will meet every quarter with your Freshman Adviser to discuss your schedule, plans, and goals, as well as any questions you may have. The Assistant Dean for Freshmen is also available to assist you.
- Then, in your sophomore year, you will be assigned a College Adviser who will be your adviser until you graduate. You will work one-on-one with this person to sort through academic decisions and goals, future plans, and any issues or problems that arise.
- Beyond these primary advisers, there are major advisers in all departments and programs to help students sort through requirements, find interesting classes, and follow their academic interests.
- Northwestern also has pre-professional advisers who specialize in helping pre-med and pre-law students, as well as advisers who work with athletes; additionally, advice and counseling can be found across campus through resources such as CAPS (Counseling and Psychological Services), the Women's Center, and the Multicultural Center, just to name a few.
- In addition to these many individuals, there is also a wealth of information on Weinberg College’s Undergraduate Studies website. Here, you can find out about rules, policies, requirements, and academic choices you may face—as well as get some really good advice on how to approach these decisions. There are many useful websites you should be familiar with: Course descriptions, course and teacher evaluations, departments’ websites, and the Undergraduate Catalog are among the most important, but there are other key websites as well.
Together, these resources are at your disposal to help you make the most of your time here.
Here's some of our advice for freshmen.
- See times, locations, and formats for language placement tests.
- The Learning Languages at Northwestern brochure from NU's Council on Language Instruction provides in-depth information.
- The newly created Global Languages Initiative is a campus-wide effort to promote the importance of multilingual and intercultural skills across all disciplines.