Academics & Registration FAQ

Academics

Academic Advising

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Academic advising is offered through the Student Affairs Office. Please contact Kalpana Waikar, Academic Advisor.

Book Lists and Assignments

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Book lists, case packet lists, and assignments due at the first meeting of a class can be found in the class syllabus, which is available in the online course schedule or in the Bidding and Registration System. Books and case packets are sold at the Norris Center Bookstore. Due to the limited quantities available, students who are not officially registered for a course are asked to purchase books and case packets after the first week of class to allow registered students to be accommodated.

Academic Calendar

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Academic Calendar
The academic calendar is available for your planning purposes. Check the Serial Announcements and the Serial calendar each week for updates and information. This will ensure that you are aware of key activities and events of interest to you.

Class Times

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Generally, Kellogg day classes are 90 minutes and begin at 8:30, 10:30, 1:30, and 3:30pm. The Open Period is from noon-1:30pm. Club activities and other events may be scheduled from 12:15-1:15pm, from 5;15-6:15 and on Wednesdays. Evening classes are 6:30-9:30pm in Evanston and 6:00-9:00pm in the PT Program on the Chicago campus.

Code of Classroom Etiquette

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Students, faculty, and staff have the right to courteous behavior from everyone in the Kellogg community. Be respectful of others in and outside of the classroom. Professors and classmates expect you to be on time, follow generally accepted classroom norms of behavior, and remain for the duration of classes/events. Arriving late or leaving early is disturbing to everyone. Also, please respect the facilities by leaving class and study rooms in good order. Please note the policies of your professors in addition to the Code of Classroom Etiquette.

Computers in the Classrooom

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To avoid disturbing or distracting classmates, students are expected to use their laptop and hand held computing devices only for purposes related to the class session in progress. 

Inappropriate computer use includes reading or sending e-mail, browsing the web for unrelated purposes, typing unrelated materials, and text messaging. All students using a laptop should do so only in the last row of the classroom. Individual faculty may modify these norms based on the specific circumstances of their classroom, teaching approach, or preference. Faculty may determine that laptops may not be used during class. Laptops must be closed for all speaker events. We also ask that you limit use as a courtesy to visitors and guests.

Cross Registration at other NU Programs

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Students interested in investigating cross registration for a class offered by another school at Northwestern should consult with the Registrar's Offices at Kellogg and at the school in which the class is offered. Credit is earned for relevant course at the graduate level, with the approval of Leigh Ann Drevs, Director of Registration and Records. Information about the Law School and other graduate school courses is available on their individual web sites.

Dropping and Adding Classes

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Kellogg and Northwestern policy does not allow the registrar, deans or faculty to approve drop or add requests after the deadline. Therefore, it is important that you note all key deadlines (check the Serial calendar for up to date information).
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Earning Course Credit

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Students may not earn credit for two classes scheduled at the same time. Occasionally students who fail to earn a bid for a class will register for one section and attend another. Unfortunately, neither is allowable as both violate Kellogg registration policy and the latter violates the Honor Code tenet regarding advantage.

Convocation and Graduation

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  • Second Year Convocation is held each year during the Pre-Term SEEK 440A class.
  • Convocation is held on a Friday in June, one week after final exams for spring quarter end. For updated information visit the Convocation and Graduation site.
  • The week between finals and graduation is known as Grad Week and offers a variety of activities to soon-to-be-graduates.

Honor Code

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The Kellogg community fully endorses the Honor Code established by the Honor Committee and all are expected to abide by its tenets. The Honor Code is posted in each classroom. Please review this site carefully.

Honors, Distinctions and Awards

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The grade point average on your transcript will exclude Pass (P) and No Credit (NC) marks.

Kellogg awards Dean's List designation to anyone earning a 3.75 or above for a given quarter.
 
Induction into Beta Gamma Sigma (honorary academic society) is offered to the top 10% of the class at the end of winter quarter of the second year. Graduation "With Honors" is granted to the top 10% of the class at graduation.

Independent Study

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Students interested in registering for Independent Study must complete and submit the Independent Study registration form no later than the ADD deadline at the end of the first week of the term. This form can be found on the Student Affairs web page.

Missing Class

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If you are forced to miss class because of illness or a family situation, please let the Office of Student Affairs know, so that they can alert your professors to the reason for your absence and support you as you manage any required make-up work.

Non-Credit Foreign Language Courses

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Students interested in improving their language skills may register for an undergraduate course on a space-available basis. This credit will not reduce the number of course units required for the Kellogg degree, nor will grades count in the Kellogg grade point average. If you register for a total of 5 credits or fewer, there is no charge. 

Also, Kellogg contracts with Berlitz to offer non-credit conversational language courses, depending on interest, at a cost of approximately $300.00 per course per student and $350 per course for JVs. You will receive registration information each quarter via email. A minimum of 5 students is required for a Berlitz class to be scheduled. 

Pass/No Credit (P/NC) Option

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The P/NC option may be exercised for 10-week and 5-week classes. Please see page 7 of the Policies & Procedures manual for your class for details of the P/NC policy.

Kellogg Ph.D. Classes

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Kellogg Ph.D. classes may be open to MBA students, depending upon pre-requisites and permission from the professor.

Registration Verification/Class Schedules/Final Exam Schedule/Grades

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Registration Verification/Class Schedules/Final Exam Schedule/Grades
Visiting CAESAR will allow you to view your current registration, see class schedules, and check your grades. If there are any discrepancies with your class registration, please email kellogg-registrar@kellogg.northwestern.edu.

Religious Holidays

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Northwestern University is a community that respects and welcomes persons of differing backgrounds and seeks to allow students to observe their religious holidays. Faculty should provide course syllabi at the beginning of each term that specify dates of exams and due dates of assignments. Every effort should be made to avoid scheduling exams on religious holidays. It is the student's responsibility to review these syllabi as soon as they are distributed. Students should notify the faculty member of conflicts due to religious holidays and should not be penalized for related class absences. In some cases, the conflict may affect the learning experience and require that the student consider changing a class or section.

Requesting a Class in the Part-Time MBA Program

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Requesting a Class in the Part-Time MBA Program
Students seeking approval to take a Section 70 Part-Time course in downtown Chicago must complete a Part-Time Course Request Form, available on the Course/Project Requests page. Requests are granted in order of request, and on a space available basis.

Term Pricing

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Three to five credit units constitute full-time study which is required of Kellogg's full-time students. Tuition is based on 4-course registration, however, there is no charge for a fifth course. Four terms of full-time tuition are required for a 1Y student to earn the MBA degree even if you complete required credits in fewer terms. Six quarters of full-time tuition are required for a 2Y student to earn the MBA degree even if you complete the required credits in fewer terms.

Transcripts

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If you need an official transcript from your prior institution, you must request it directly from that institution.

Official transcripts of your Kellogg classes may only be obtained through the University Registrar. You may request an official transcript on-line through CAESAR. Unofficial transcripts can also be printed directly from CAESAR.

Tuition Bills and Payment

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The Division of Student Accounts issues student bills for tuition and on-campus housing. For question regarding your tuition or other charges, please check with Student Accounts at (847) 491-5224. Tuition is charged by quarter, and may be paid on-line or by visiting the Student Accounts Office at 555 Clark Street. Veterans eligible for G.I. benefits should call the University Registrar at (847) 491-5234.

Tutoring

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Kellogg second years provide small group tutoring for first year students taking core courses. This program is coordinated by the Student Affairs Office. To learn more about tutoring options, to request a tutor, or to sign up to serve as a tutor, please see Cathy Gluckman in Student Affairs or visit the Tutoring Program site.

Update Contact and Emergency Information

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Please update your contact information here, to make sure that it remains current.

Videotaping of Classes

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Kellogg does not offer videotaping of classes for student viewing as attending and participating in classes is key to the educational process. Also, videotaping sometimes may inhibit participation or encourage absence. Students who must miss a class for an unavoidable reason (i.e. religious or medical) should ask a classmate to take notes or request faculty permission to allow a classmate to audio record the class. Students may check out audio recording devices by contacting KIS FaStCATS in advance.

"Sitting In" or Visiting a Course

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The Kellogg School does not offer a formal option to "audit" courses. However, with permission from the professor, Kellogg students may "sit in" on a course if there are open registrations and no wait list for the course. Students who "sit in" or visit a class should not participate in class discussion, exams, projects, and may not complete a TCE for the course. There is no formal recognition of "sitting in" on a class. Again, permission to "sit in" a class is at the discretion of the professor.

X and Y Grades

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A student receiving an approved absence for a final exam (X) or incomplete (Y) grade must make it up within the next registered term. If the X or Y grade is not made up after this term, it will automatically become an "F" unless an extension in writing is granted from both the professor and the Registrar's Office.

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