Academic Advising

Many advising resources are available to you as a student in Weinberg College, including people you can meet with and documents you can read. (One important resource is this website.)

Weinberg’s integrated advising system, coordinated through the Office of Undergraduate Studies and Advising (OUSA), features three categories of advisers who work together to provide guidance to students:

  1. In Fall Quarter of your first year, your seminar instructor will be your primary adviser.

    You will talk with your seminar instructor about your experiences, courses, plans, and goals; you will also meet with that person to discuss your Winter Quarter schedule. (Students in special programs who do not take fall seminars will be advised by a faculty member in their program.) Read more about first-year advising.
  2. In Winter Quarter of your first year, you will be assigned a Weinberg College Adviser, who will work with you until graduation. (Students who entered Northwestern prior to Fall 2013 were assigned to College Advisers at the start of the sophomore year.) Students who transfer to Northwestern from other colleges or universities will be assigned to a College Adviser when they begin their studies here.

    College Advisers are generalists with broad knowledge of opportunities and procedures across Weinberg and Northwestern. Your College Adviser will help you sort through academic options, decisions, and goals, and will work with you to address any issues or problems. All transfer students are also assigned a College Adviser soon after arriving on campus. Read more about Weinberg College Advisers.
  3. Department and program advisers help select classes and assist with major/minor requirements.

    These specialists can help you select classes in a particular field, sort through requirements for majors and minors, and further explore your academic and long-term interests. Read more about department and program advisers.

Other people in the Weinberg Office of Undergraduate Studies and Advising—and advisers elsewhere on campus—also provide advice and counseling for undergraduates. Read more about: