Coronavirus

Important information about COVID-19

Last Updated: June 12, 2020 (6:52 p.m.)

THE HEALTH AND WELL-BEING OF OUR COMMUNITY IS KELLOGG’S TOP PRIORITY. WE CONTINUE TO FOLLOW GUIDELINES FROM THE CDC, ILLINOIS AND NORTHWESTERN.

The main takeaways:

  • The entirety of the Spring Quarter will be held virtually. More information can be found on Northwestern’s FAQ site.
  • The state of Illinois and city of Chicago have removed their stay-at-home orders. In accordance with Step 2 in Northwestern's phased return, we have established that some operations have returned to campus but most remain remote. Only essential staff and faculty are allowed inside Kellogg facilities at this time.
  • When we are informed of a confirmed case of coronavirus, we notify any persons who have had close contact with the individuals in question.
  • For prospective students, all ongoing events and interviews will be held virtually until further notice.
  • For more information, self-identify below.

Coronavirus/Covid-19 Update

Visit the NU Coronavirus Page for university-wide decisions, including the plan for a phased return to campus.


Prospective Student FAQ

Full-Time MBA

If you have additional questions, please contact MBAadmissions@kellogg.northwestern.edu.

Will 1Y and MMM programs have a delayed start?

Orientation events for full-time students on the Evanston campus currently are scheduled to be in person starting on July 15, 2020 with classes beginning on July 20, 2020. There will be a virtual option for anyone who can’t get to Evanston by these dates. The Summer Quarter will be condensed; the content is being reworked to ensure that it will qualify as a full academic quarter and all students who start on July 20 are expected to graduate on time.

For those who applied in Round 3:

Will you still be interviewing Round 3 applicants?

When you apply, you will be asked for your preferred interview location. If you choose on-campus, we will contact you to schedule a virtual interview. If you choose off-campus, you will have the option of meeting in person or virtually with the alumni interviewer, depending on what you both determine is best given the coronavirus landscape in your location.

How will interviews work for Round 3 and the Extended Round 3?

We are aiming to interview as many applicants from Round 3 and Extended Round 3 as possible. Applicants that apply by the Round 3 deadline of April 8 will get priority in interviewing.

If we are not able to interview an applicant, you will receive interview waiver so as not to delay the processing of your application.

Please be assured that this waiver will in no way negatively impact your candidacy. The admissions committee understands and expects these conditions and will take them into consideration when reviewing your application. The interview is a single factor in your evaluation and is by no means the most important criterion for admission. The committee will contact you personally if they feel they need further clarification on any aspect of your application.

If I have to start attending virtually, how will that impact my loan financing and OPT (legal US work status for internships and post-grad)?

Please connect with your Admission Officers on impact and next steps.

My Visa appointment has been canceled. What do I do?

Kellogg is monitoring the latest from US federal and state government around visa availability and will continue to communicate updates as we learn more. If you are unable to get a visa in time to move to Evanston, you will have two options:

  • Option 1: You can start the 1Y, MMM or 2Y program virtually and then start in person the next quarter after you secure your visa.
  • Option 2: If you cannot get here in person and do not wish to participate in virtual options, you can work with your admission officer to leverage your application for consideration next year.

Test Requirement Waiver

Why did Kellogg decide to waive test scores for R3 of full-time and Summer Quarter of evening/weekend?

For weeks Kellogg has been hearing from many amazing applicants that they have been unable to take tests due to COVID-19–related circumstances. Though online options have been announced, they are imperfect and don’t accommodate everyone. Many truly outstanding individuals are prioritizing business school for next year in a way they weren’t a few months ago and they lack access to testing. It would not be true to Kellogg values if we didn’t empathize with these potential applicants. Kellogg takes pride in leading business education at this critical time.

Will not requiring GMAT/ GRE scores change the caliber of student accepted to Kellogg?

Absolutely not. It is because of the rigor of Kellogg’s evaluation process that we can decide to waive test scores. For years, our admissions team has taken a comprehensive and holistic approach to evaluating applications. Undergraduate institutions and transcripts — both for GPA and the nature of courses taken — letters of recommendation, written and video essays, interviews, and more build up to create a full picture of an individual. Kellogg is the school in fact that innovated and moved first in interviewing every applicant as we felt other metrics did not fully capture a student’s potential.

Kellogg will not accept a single student who does not meet the high admissions standards that Kellogg has always upheld.

If I was denied or put on the waitlist for R1 or R2, can I reapply without my GMAT/ GRE score?

For those who were either waitlisted or denied in Rounds 1 or 2, you will be able to submit an appeal through April 30 to have your application reconsidered. We decided to offer this option to ensure equity among all applicants in this cycle.

Will Kellogg waive GMAT/GRE scores for the next admission cycle?

We made this change in light of these unprecedented times. This is not an indication of changes to future application cycles.

Executive MBA

When any questions arise, please do not hesitate to contact us via emba-admissions@kellogg.northwestern.edu. We also encourage you to schedule an EMBA admissions chat when it’s convenient for you.

Are you currently interviewing applicants?

Yes, we are conducting all interviews virtually. When you submit your application, you can schedule your interview through the online portal. Please contact our Admission Managers at emba-admissions@kellogg.northwestern.edu if you have any questions regarding your upcoming virtual interview.

Have there been any changes to EMBA applications requirements?

No, for the Executive MBA application, all requirements must be filled. However, there have been modifications.

  • If you are unable to submit an official transcript, we will review applications with unofficial transcripts at this time. We will be in touch with you directly when official transcripts will be needed to render a final decision.
  • If you are currently unable to submit a signed sponsorship letter on company letterhead, we will review applications with unofficial sponsorship letters e-mailed to emba-admissions@kellogg.northwestern.edu. Official sponsorship letters will still be required to be submitted as soon as possible.
  • For those educated outside of the United States, we understand that there may be some delays in regards to obtaining your course-by-course evaluation. The course-by-course evaluation counts as your official transcripts so we will review applications with this requirement outstanding at this time.You will be required to submit your course-by-course evaluation as soon as possible.

Have the admissions deadlines been impacted by COVID-19?

Given the complexity of applicants' lives during these times, we have extended the Round 2 deadline for our September cohort to June 17, 2020. Our deadlines for our January 2021 cohort are August 19, 2020, for Round 1 and October 7, 2020, for Round 2.

Since you aren’t holding in-person events or class visits right now, is there still a way I can get to know the Kellogg EMBA program better and get a feel for the campus/student experience?

A great way to learn about Kellogg’s EMBA program is through our virtual events, such as an information session with our admissions staff. Additionally, blog posts written by current EMBA students might allow you to get a better feel of the student experience.  

Additionally, there are multiple resources for you to get a feel for our multiple campuses and buildings.

How can I stay informed once on-campus and off-campus admissions events/opportunities are rescheduled?

Visit this page to request updated communications on EMBA.

Does Kellogg offer scholarships in its EMBA program?

In order to make the cost of education more manageable, the Executive MBA Program offers limited scholarships and fellowships to admitted students each year. Please note that admitted students are required to complete an application for scholarship consideration. Explore the types of scholarships available and consider outside scholarship sources listed as well.

Evening & Weekend MBA

When any questions arise, please do not hesitate to contact us via eveningweekendmba@kellogg.northwestern.edu

Have the admissions deadlines been impacted by COVID-19?

No, our admissions deadline for the Fall quarter remains June 10, 2020.

How will interviews be conducted?

Beginning March 15, 2020, we will be conducting all interviews virtually. We will strive to interview as many candidates as possible, however cannot guarantee an interview for all applicants. After submitting your application, a member of the admissions team will reach out to schedule an interview.

Will the application be modified at all during this time?

Yes, we are currently offering increased flexibility with the following requirements:

  • We are offering a GMAT/GRE test waiver for applicants to the Fall Quarter. Submitting a test score is optional. You may leave this section of the application blank.
  • We will review applications with unofficial transcripts. Official transcripts are only required if admitted to the program.
  • • If you have transcripts from an institution outside the United States or Canada, you must have it evaluated on a course-by-course basis by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), in order to submit your application. The course-by-course evaluation will serve as the official transcripts for studies completed outside the United States or Canada. Visit naces.org/members.html for a list of all university approved agencies.
  • Since all application requirements can be completed virtually, we anticipate to maintain our current rolling admissions and decision timeline for the foreseeable future.

The deadline for the Fall Quarter start application is June 10, 2020.

What if my testing center is closed and I can’t submit scores in time for the deadline?

Due to test center closures as a result of COVID-19, we are currently waiving the GMAT/GRE requirement for those applying to the upcoming Fall Quarter. If you would like your application considered without a test score, please leave this section blank and move to the next section.

If I was denied from a previous quarter, can I reapply without my GMAT/GRE score?

Kellogg always welcomes applicants to reapply. For the Fall Quarter, these applicants can apply without a GMAT/GRE score. However, Kellogg will look for there to be substantial improvements to the candidate’s application.

Kellogg always evaluates applicants holistically. If you are reapplying again without a test score, you must show significant improvement in your application to be considered. This could be in the form of a significant promotion or submitting a GMAT/GRE score.

Since you aren’t holding in-person events or class visits right now, is there still a way I can get to know the Kellogg Evening & Weekend MBA program better and get a feel for the campus/student experience?

A great way to learn about Kellogg’s Evening & Weekend program is through our virtual events, such as an information session with our admissions staff. Additionally, blog posts written by current Evening & Weekend students might allow you to get a better feel of the student experience.

How can I stay informed once on-campus and off-campus admissions events/opportunities are rescheduled?

Visit this page  to request updated communications on the Evening & Weekend MBA program.

What if I lose my job due to economic conditions related to the coronavirus pandemic? Can I still apply given there is a requirement for E&W students to be employed full-time?

Yes. We understand that a loss of a job during this time might not be a reflection of performance, but of the economy. Kellogg is empathetic to this fact and will continue to look holistically at the applicant and their overall career performance and aspirations. We encourage you to use optional essay #3 to provide information on your current job situation if you have suffered a job loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, you can give more context in your interview.

Executive Education

Are programs still running?

Executive Education is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and adjusting our program schedule in accordance with health official and university guidelines. Please reference the program finders for Executive Education individual and nonprofit programs for the most up-to-date information on available programming. All online programs are still running as scheduled.

What is your cancellation policy?

Due to the uncertainties surrounding COVID-19, refunds and/or program deferment can currently be issued up through the program start date.

Kellogg Future Leaders

Has the deadline for Kellogg Future Leaders applications changed?

The extended deadline for the Kellogg Future Leaders program has passed. All decisions will be made on July 29, 2020.

If you are unable to obtain a test score due to COVID-19 implications, we will review your application and render you a decision without a test score.

If you have a current score, but want to retest, you should submit an application with your current test score. In the “additional short answer” section, explain that you are planning to retest when possible. You must also notify us via MBAadmissions@kellogg.northwestern.edu or 847.491.3308 so we can track and follow up.

Will you still be interviewing Kellogg Future Leader applicants?

We will continue to interview, but all interviews will now be virtual.

PhD Program

As of March 16, 2020, the PhD Program team has been working remotely. We remain committed to assisting you in every way. Our official working hours will be 9:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m. CT.

I have questions about my offer of admission and enrollment in the 2020 Fall Quarter. Whom do I contact?

Please email kellogg-phd@kellogg.northwestern.edu with any questions you may have. With an urgent question or concern, please email Jo Ann Yablonka at j.yablonka@kellogg.northwestern.edu or Susan Jackman at s-jackman@kellogg.northwestern.edu.

Will my enrollment this fall be impacted by COVID-19?

Please consult The Graduate School’s website, which includes an FAQ section that provides continual updates to the graduate student community regarding COVID-19.

Current Student FAQ

Full-Time MBA

Health & Well-Being

I have a specific health concern. Whom can I contact?

Students with specific health concerns can reach out to the student life team at studentaffairs@kellogg.northwestern.edu or the Northwestern Health Center to discuss their personal situation and learn more about what Kellogg and Northwestern can do to support them.

Does NU-SHIP cover treatment of coronavirus?

We have confirmed with the Student Health Insurance team that coverage for COVID-19 will be handled as any other illness would be. This means there is a $250 deductible and a maximum of $2,000 out-of-pocket, with Aetna paying 80% of charges.

For much more detail about COVID-19 related coverage under NU-SHIP, please refer to Student Health Insurance FAQs. Evening and Weekend and EMBA students should refer to their personal insurance providers.

What other resources are available to me?

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) and the Women's Center at Northwestern University are fantastic resources for counseling and support. Many Kellogg students have found these confidential resources to be helpful in the past. Additionally, Kellogg students with legal questions may set up a consultation through the Student Legal Services Office.

The Student Life Team is here to be a resource for all students and their families. We want to encourage each of you to feel free to make use of our services and of our open-door policy, either in person or virtually. We are available to talk with you in confidence about anything of concern or about any problems you might be having during this stressful period.

Tuition & Fees

What if I need financial aid or more flexibility in paying my tuition?

We understand that these unprecedented times can result in unforeseen financial hardship. The Student Finance Team (studentaccounts-ev@northwestern.edu) and Financial Aid Team (finaid@kellogg.northwestern.edu) are available to discuss options with you.

Academics

What is Kellogg doing to enhance my experience after I graduate?

We are deeply committed to Kellogg’s mission of empowering students and alumni for the rest of their careers, and we’re exploring new and different ways to support you in this unprecedented time. This could take the form of expanded Executive Education and career service offerings, for example. Right now, we’re partnering with the KSA to discuss the post-graduation experience and align on what is most important and impactful to you. We will follow up with more details in the months ahead.

How will Spring Quarter classes be graded?

Kellogg has decided to offer students a P/N option for all Spring Quarter classes. To remind you, the P/N option at Kellogg allows students to choose a "target" grade that is unseen to the faculty. Faculty assign a quality letter grade to each student in the class (as they normally would) but that grade appears on the transcript only if it is at least as high as the target grade chosen. Otherwise, the student would receive a P (Pass) on their transcript, as long as the student’s quality letter grade is at least a C.

How can I connect with an academic or international advisor?

Academic Advisors will continue to be available by email and by appointment. Any appointment may take place through Zoom or by phone. Please indicate your preference by making an appointment, and we will accommodate.

International advising will also take place virtually while students are away from campus. Adam Blough will reach out soon to international students with further information regarding how to make an advising appointment. More information for international students can be found on the Northwestern University International FAQ.

For EMBA students, please contact your campus director.
For Evening and Weekend students, contact Carol Lucido (c-lucido@kellogg.northwestern.edu).
And for MSMS students, please contact Christi Beavers (christi.beavers@kellogg.northwestern.edu).

Career Management Center

How is COVID-19 impacting the business landscape?

We encourage students to reference the CMC Library COVID-19 and Business/Industry Impacts Research Guide, which includes information on what business leaders need to know, recommended steps to take, remote work tips and resources, and ways to keep informed with this rapidly evolving situation.

Have employers updated recruitment plans in response to COVID-19?

At this time, many companies have reiterated their commitment to accepted offers, and some companies are exploring making roles and internships virtual if needed. We are aware that several companies within the travel and hospitality industry have rescinded offers or canceled internship programs. So far, this number is small and we’re working with individual students on a plan moving forward.

Please continue to let us know if you’re hearing of any changes to hiring or interview plans, as the CMC is using this information as a trigger to reach out to companies to learn more. If you have an update to share, please enter it here.

We will continue to stay in close touch with companies – particularly those in industries most impacted by the virus.

What should I be communicating to the CMC?

The most valuable way to ensure the CMC can best support you during this time is to provide information so that we can understand your current employment situation, and any concerns that you might have.

Please follow this guidance:

  1. Click here to update your employment status and report any offers. We need to know where students have accepted jobs so we know what employers to connect with in the event of updates to offers. If you’re still seeking, this helps us provide targeted support.
    • Update your status: Indicate if you are seeking, not seeking or have received and/or accepted an offer.
    • Add offer details: Report the details of all offers you receive, including the one you accept.
  2. Click here to tell us about any updates your future employer has made to your accepted internship offer. If you need guidance in advance of an employer conversation, please note that within the form.

If there are any concerns not addressed, please reach out to a member of the CMC coaching team at cmc@kellogg.northwestern.edu.

What is the CMC Internship Support Stipend?

In response to COVID-19, the CMC secured funds to provide financial support to first-year students whose summer employer cannot offer sufficient compensation. Stipends are available to students interning in a wide variety of industries as long as the work meets the criteria listed on the program website. The CMC has also partnered with KIEI and Social Impact to ensure our stipend is aligned with their existing summer stipend programs and that funding is equitable across programs. More information about eligibility and the application process can be found here.

How is the CMC approaching Fall 2020 recruiting differently given current COVID-19 implications?

The CMC Employer Relations team started the reservation submission process for AY20-21 recruiting in April and will have a better understanding of what Fall will look like in the coming months. We are anticipating a heavier use of virtual recruiting and are working with KIS and facilities to provide space and technology to support the process for employers and students.

How is the CMC activating the Kellogg alumni network?

The CMC is partnering with Alumni Relations to proactively reach out to alumni through our Hire Kellogg campaign, and alumni are reaching out to us with job opportunities as well. The broader Kellogg network, including Dean Cornelli, is coordinating to activate and support alumni through ongoing communications. Additionally, Kellogg alumni are a driver behind the funding supporting the CMC Internship Support Stipend.

Facilities

Will McManus operate as usual?

Yes, McManus is remaining in operation.

What about the Global Hub?

The Global Hub is currently closed to students and nonessential workers. Students do not have access to Kellogg facilities with their WildCards at this time. Please contact individual faculty and staff members to confirm a remote engagement.

Events

Which Kellogg events are currently canceled or postponed as a result of social distancing guidance, including sponsored, non-curricular events?

Per Northwestern’s guidance regarding canceling or postponing extracurricular programming, all non-curricular Kellogg events at the Global Hub and off-campus through May 31 are canceled, postponed or conducted virtually when possible. This includes, but it not limited to:

  • TG
  • Club Events
  • Speaker Events

We will follow guidance from Northwestern regarding events post May 31. Any questions about event planning for club events for FT MBA can be directed to Jarvis Broom (jarvis.broom@kellogg.northwestern.edu). For EMBA questions, contact your campus director, and for Evening and Weekend events, please contact Jordan King (jordan.king@kellogg.northwestern.edu)

What is the plan for NU’s commencement and Kellogg’s convocation?

Due to ongoing guidance from public officials and public health authorities, it is clear for the greater good of our community that we must conduct commencement and confer degrees in a virtual format — with the expectation of holding a campus event to salute our graduates in the future. NU’s commencement ceremony will take place online onJune 19 at 11 a.m. CT, which reflects a new time to accommodate students on the West Coast. Please refer to Northwestern’s website for further information about commencement.

Kellogg will host a first Celebration to commemorate your momentous achievement. This virtual event will also take place onJune 19 at 10 a.m. CT. In the coming weeks, we look forward to announcing our plan for the postponed in-person Kellogg Convocation ceremony that will take place in the future.

Additionally, if you placed an order for regalia, it will be delivered over the next few weeks. If you have not done so, please update your current address in CAESAR so that you will receive graduation-related mailings at the correct address.

We’ve formed an advisory committee of students who are working closely with the convocation planning team to bring forward the student voice in shaping future experiences. The student committee is listed below – please reach out to any of them with your ideas in the days to come. Our future plans will include our outstanding convocation speaker Ada Osakwe ’11 who is an entrepreneur, investor and African development advocate.

FT Committee Members

  • Seamus Donegan
  • Vasu Garg
  • Julie Habbert
  • Therese Onyemem

MSMS Committee Member

  • Thomas Boyer

For events and co-curricular programming that could be conducted virtually, are we going to allow scheduling in the spring quarter? And if so, how will we support and promote these virtual events or programs?

We are open to your ideas on how community can be built virtually, and we will do everything we can to support these efforts.

If you are planning virtual events, please reference Virtual Events Best Practices for experiential recommendations and key resources.

Will we allow student group funds to be used for offsite spaces if the gatherings are smaller and not viable virtually?

No, given the importance of social distancing, we do not encourage and will not fund gatherings at off-site spaces.

Executive MBA

If you have questions regarding the EMBA program, please contact emba@kellogg.northwestern.edu.

What is the status of the Spring Quarter?

Spring Quarter runs through July 31st. Remote electives are offered May through July.

Is Kellogg offering any virtual co-curricular sessions before the continuation of classes?

We have put together a series of virtual sessions led by Kellogg and Northwestern faculty, the Career Management team, and guest speakers. More events will be added as they are scheduled. Visit the EMBA-intranet for complete details and registration links. In addition, supplementary leadership and career management content will be posted to each cohort’s Design Your Journey Canvas site.

What is the status of June Graduation?

We are currently working to reschedule the graduation ceremony so that it aligns with the adjusted Spring Term. The timing will largely depend on when large gatherings are permitted. In the meantime, travel arrangements for the previously-scheduled June ceremony should not be made.

What is the status of Global Network Week (typically held in August)?

The series of Global Network Weeks, where first-year students from across the EMBA Global Network convene in Evanston, will be postponed to early 2021. We will share details as soon as possible.

Due to elective cancelations, what is the situation on the most expensive hotel reimbursement?

The financial implications of all these global travel cancellations are vast. We are currently working to sort through this and more information will be forthcoming. We thank you for your patience.

What is the number of courses I need to take to maintain my financial aid eligibility?

You must be enrolled in a minimum of 2 credits per quarter. If you have specific questions, you can email emba-finaid@kellogg.northwestern.edu.

What is the number of courses I need to take to maintain my student visa eligibility?

To maintain visa status, you must be enrolled EITHER as a full-time student (3 credits), part-time student (0.5 credits), or request an official Leave of Absence (0 credits). These standards have been updated due to COVID-19 response. If you have specific questions, you can request a virtual appointment with Stephanie Cisneros at the Northwestern University office of International Student and Scholar Services: stephanie.cisneros@northwestern.edu.

Evening & Weekend MBA

Beginning March 16, 2020 the Evening and Weekend team will be working virtually. We remain committed to assisting you in every way. Our official working hours will be 8:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. CT.

Please email eveningweekend@kellogg.northwestern.edu with any questions you may have. With an urgent question or concern, please email Adnan Rukieh at a-rukieh@kellogg.northwestern.edu or Dean Krueger at m-krueger@kellogg.northwestern.edu.

Health & Well-Being

If I am an Evening & Weekend student, do I have access to Northwestern health facilities?

Yes, you have access to the Northwestern’s health facilities, however it is recommended that you check with your healthcare provider prior to make sure that it is in-network.

If you have health-related concerns, please contact Dean Krueger at m-krueger@kellogg.northwestern.edu. Additionally, please utilize Northwestern’s FAQ for more information on health resources.

Tuition & Fees

Will there be a tuition refund or discount?

Northwestern University has decided that there will not be tuition discounts for the spring quarter and summer quarter for its undergraduate or graduate schools, including Kellogg.(See more information here.)

We are confident that we will deliver an excellent curricular and co-curricular experience in the coming quarter and advance your progress toward completing your degree. And we will continue to explore new and creative ways to thrive together and support your journey, given the changing circumstances.

Northwestern will waive late fees for 30 days on student bills due April 1. We hope this will provide additional flexibility. The student finance team (studentaccounts-chicago@northwestern.edu) is available to discuss other options should you need additional flexibility.

Will there be a refund or discount on activity fees?

Kellogg will refund a portion of student activity and association fees if in-person classes don’t resume in the spring. Specifically, we will refund or issue a credit of $150 (average quarterly Student Experience and Activity Fee assessed in the first quarter of the Evening & Weekend Program) if classes do not resume.

What if I need financial aid or more flexibility in paying my tuition?

We understand that these unprecedented times can result in unforeseen financial hardship. The Student Finance Team (studentaccounts-chicago@northwestern.edu) and Financial Aid Team (financial-aid-chicago@northwestern.edu) are available to discuss options with you. Your primary point of contact in Financial Aid is TarKia Aponte at tarkia.aponte@northwestern.edu.

Can you provide additional detail regarding the Student Assistance Fund?

To help our students in this time of emergency, Kellogg has launched a Student Assistance Fund with support from its alumni network. The Fund will provide small stipends to alleviate specific financial hardship. More information on how to apply will be shared soon. If you are interested in receiving consideration for this funding, fill out this form to apply. The application deadline is Tuesday, May 12th.

In addition to the Student Assistance fund, students may also apply to Northwestern’s Student Emergency and Essential Needs (SEEN) Fund, which addresses immediate needs such as emergency travel, technology and unforeseen expenses. Fill out this form to apply.

Academics

Is Kellogg contemplating revisions to the Degree Enhancement Program (DEP)?

We are exploring enhancements to DEP, such as making virtual attendance possible. We are very open to experimentation. We are partnering with KSA leadership to understand students’ top preferences, and we will follow up with more details before the start of Summer Quarter.

When does the Summer Quarter begin? Will it be virtual?

The Summer Quarter will begin June 22, 2020. The quarter will be virtual all summer – this follows Northwestern’s guideline that all summer classes starting on or before July 12, 2020 will be offered remotely for the duration of the summer.

How will Summer Quarter classes be graded?

Per Northwestern’s guidance, grading for all summer classes will return to our standard grading practices and policies. The Pass/No Credit (P/NC) grading option can be elected by students according to the P/NC grading policies outlined in the Kellogg MBA Policies Manual (p. 21). The P/NC limit of 3 credits is being reinstated starting Summer Quarter. Spring Quarter courses are excluded from this 3-credit limit.

Will make-up classes be scheduled given that Kellogg will miss the first week of Spring Quarter?

Yes. For more information, see the Spring Quarter make-up schedule for Evening & Weekend programs.

What is the status of pre-term and first-5-week courses?  Will they be in-person or remote?

The planned pop-up courses taught by Professor Sally Blount and Professor Chirag Saraiya scheduled for the last weekend of March will be rescheduled. Impacted students have received an update. Classes scheduled for the first week of Spring Quarter (5-week and 10-week courses) will make up their missed session according to the make-up schedule provided. Note that since the Spring Quarter will begin on Saturday April 4, there will be no makeup session necessary for classes that meet on Saturday.

How can I audit courses during Spring Quarter?

In addition to the courses in which you are enrolled, you have an opportunity to audit some popular courses in Spring Quarter. Please follow the instructions provided via email from the academic experience team. You will receive an automatically generated invitation to join the Canvas sites of each course you will be auditing.

Note that you may not select a class session to audit that creates a time conflict with another class for which you are already enrolled. Also, auditors must observe the same auditing etiquette as they would for in-person auditing — you should be an observer and not participate in the class discussion. For the virtual environment, we ask that auditors turn off their camera during class to allow the faculty distinguish enrolled students from audit.

Will we see changes to, or shifts in, popular course offerings in future academic years, due to the current COVID-19 situation?

We do not currently anticipate adjustments to the cadence of the Chicago campus offerings or the two-year forecast due to courses being delivered virtually this Spring Quarter. Do not expect, therefore, a course that is only offered every other year in Chicago to necessarily be offered in AY 20-21 on the Chicago campus if it is not scheduled for next year already. 

We will release an updated two-year forecast (for academic years 20-21 and 21-22) at the end of Spring Quarter, as has been the practice the last several years.

How can I help shape the co-curricular experience?

As you have already seen, there is a lot of great programming offered virtually this quarter. Kellogg has formed a team of administrators and student leaders from both the Evening & Weekend and the Full-Time programs. We are always open to your ideas and will do everything we can to support them. Please reach out to the KSA leaders, Adnan Rukieh or Megan Krueger to share your ideas.

Career Management Center

Will the CMC still be available to me when I am not on campus?

Yes, the CMC team will be available virtually. Please schedule an appointment in CMS or email your coach directly.

Additionally, the CMC team has found an alternative date for Job Search Super Day, previously scheduled to be held on April 26, 2020. Students can choose to register for either June 14th or June 20th.

How is COVID-19 impacting the business landscape?

We encourage students to reference the CMC Library COVID-19 and Business/Industry Impacts Research Guide, which includes information on what business leaders need to know, recommended steps to take, remote work tips and resources, and ways to keep informed with this rapidly evolving situation.

How is the CMC approaching Fall 2020 recruiting differently given current COVID-19 implications?

The CMC Employer Relations team started the reservation submission process for AY20-21 recruiting in April and will have a better understanding of what Fall will look like in the coming months. We are anticipating a heavier use of virtual recruiting and are working with KIS and facilities to provide space and technology to support the process for employers and students.

How is the CMC activating the Kellogg alumni network?

The CMC is partnering with Alumni Relations to proactively reach out to alumni through our Hire Kellogg campaign, and alumni are reaching out to us with job opportunities as well. The broader Kellogg network, including Dean Cornelli, is coordinating to activate and support alumni through ongoing communications.

Facilities

Is Wieboldt Hall still open?

Wieboldt Hall is currently closed to students and nonessential workers. Students will not be granted access to Kellogg facilities with their WildCards at this time.

Events

Are all activities canceled? Is Managers’ Ball still happening?

After careful review of available information and consideration of several options, we have decided to cancel this year’s Managers’ Ball out of an abundance of caution and with the safety of students and guests being the first priority.

If you had purchased tickets, please be on the lookout for more information regarding your refund.

If you are planning virtual events, please reference Virtual Events Best Practices for experiential recommendations and key resources.

What is the plan for NU’s commencement and Kellogg’s convocation?

Due to ongoing guidance from public officials and public health authorities, it is clear for the greater good of our community that we must conduct commencement and confer degrees in a virtual format—with the expectation of holding a campus event to salute our graduates in the future. NU’s commencement ceremony will take place online on June 19 at 11:00 a.m. CT, which reflects a new time to accommodate students on the West Coast. Please refer to Northwestern’s website for further information about commencement, including information about ordering your regalia by May 10.

Kellogg will host a first Celebration to commemorate your momentous achievement. This virtual event will also take place on June 19 (time TBA); we’ll announce more details about this event by May 15. In the coming weeks, we look forward to announcing our plan for the postponed in-person Kellogg Convocation ceremony that will take place in the future.

We’ve formed an advisory committee of students who are working closely with the convocation planning team to bring forward the student voice in shaping future experiences. The student committee is listed below – please reach out to any of them with your ideas in the days to come. Our future plans will include our outstanding convocation speaker Ada Osakwe ’11 who is an entrepreneur, investor and African development advocate.

Evening & Weekend Committee Members

  • Sarah Bond
  • Elizabeth Dunlop
  • Jared Fruland
  • Pavan Nyama

Other

Do I still have access to the Uber discount?

The Uber discount is inactive until classes resume in-person at Wieboldt Hall.

What is Kellogg doing to support the broader community? How can I get involved?

Students are identifying ways to help the community in this time of need. The KSA Community Impact team, led by Anne Frazier, welcomes your ideas and support. Please reach out to her directly at anne.frazier@kellogg.northwestern.edu.

Executive Education

I am registered for an upcoming program. Is it still running?

Currently all Executive Education open, custom and nonprofit programs are canceled through June 30. Executive Education is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and may announce additional cancellations in accordance with health official and university guidelines. You will be contacted by your program manager with further information related to your registration. All online programs are still running as scheduled.

PhD Program

As of March 16, 2020 the PhD Program team has been working remotely. We remain committed to assisting you in every way. Our official working hours will be 9:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m. CT.

Please email kellogg-phd@kellogg.northwestern.edu with any questions you may have. With an urgent question or concern, please email Jo Ann Yablonka at j.yablonka@kellogg.northwestern.edu or Susan Jackman at s-jackman@kellogg.northwestern.edu.

Please note: Review of the FAQ section on The Graduate School website may also provide helpful answers to your questions, such as degree progress and financial considerations.

Academics

Will Kellogg PhD courses be taught spring quarter?

Yes, Kellogg PhD courses will be offered as scheduled and will be taught remotely. PhD courses will follow the Northwestern University calendar (9-week quarter). More details regarding the logistics of remote instruction will be available closer to the start of spring quarter.

I have a defense or proposal that needs to be scheduled for spring quarter. How will this be handled?

The defense and proposal (prospectus) process will happen as usual, but will be held with all students and faculty participating remotely. We will use Zoom and other technology to facilitate meaningful student/faculty interaction. PhD students needing to defend or propose will be supported by the academic department staff. For questions about this process, contact Susan Jackman at s-jackman@kellogg.northwestern.edu.

Health & Wellness

Do I have access to Northwestern health facilities?

Yes, your access to healthcare remains the same. For details about health and wellness resources available, refer to The Graduate School website.

What other resources are available to me?

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) and the Women's Center at Northwestern University are resources available for counseling and support. Additionally, Kellogg PhD students with legal questions may set up a consultation through the Student Legal Services Office.

Travel

I need to travel either domestically or internationally in order to conduct work related to my research. How will I be able to make progress on my research if I cannot travel?

You should have a conversation with your adviser(s) about your project and ways that you can advance your research in the immediate future.

Facilities

Are Kellogg’s facilities open?

Students will not be granted access to Kellogg facilities with their WildCards at this time.

Events

What is the plan for NU’s commencement and Kellogg’s convocation?

Due to ongoing guidance from public officials and public health authorities, it is clear for the greater good of our community that we must conduct commencement and confer degrees in a virtual format—with the expectation of holding a campus event to salute our graduates in the future. NU’s commencement ceremony will take place online on June 19 at 11:00 a.m. CT, which reflects a new time to accommodate students on the West Coast. Please refer to Northwestern’s website for further information about commencement.

Kellogg will host a first Celebration to commemorate your momentous achievement. This virtual event will also take place on June 19 at 10:00 a.m. CST. In the coming weeks, we look forward to announcing our plan for the postponed in-person Kellogg Convocation ceremony that will take place in the future.

Additionally, if you placed an order for regalia, it will be delivered over the next few weeks. If you have not done so, please update your current address in CAESAR so that you will receive graduation-related mailings at the correct address.

We’ve formed an advisory committee of students who are working closely with the convocation planning team to bring forward the student voice in shaping future experiences. The student committee is listed below – please reach out to any of them with your ideas in the days to come. Our future plans will include our outstanding convocation speaker Ada Osakwe ’11 who is an entrepreneur, investor and African development advocate.

PhD Committee Member

  • Chris Cannon

Faculty FAQ

General Announcements

Kellogg’s Teaching Virtually website remains the best source of information for faculty members during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to frequently asked questions about teaching in a virtual environment, the site includes tips and materials from “super user” faculty members on teaching remotely, as well as technology requirements and support resources.

As a reminder, all Kellogg employees have access to the Employee Assistance Program which may be particularly helpful during this time. The Employee Assistance Program offers faculty and staff a network of services, including short-term counseling, to support you and your household.

If you have any questions regarding the program, please contact your human capital partner.

For questions about Kellogg Facilities, please contact:

Staff FAQ

General Announcements

The COVID-19 website remains the best source of information about the impact of the virus on the Kellogg community, and includes FAQ about work-related issues for our staff and faculty. FAQ topics include:

  • Exposure to COVID-19
  • Working remotely
  • Travel
  • Childcare
  • Coverage and Compensation
  • Well-being

For information to help you work remotely, please refer to this KIS webpage.

Your Human Capital Partner is available to answer additional workplace-related questions.

As a reminder, all Kellogg employees have access to the Employee Assistance Program which may be particularly helpful during this time. The Employee Assistance Program offers faculty and staff a network of services, including short-term counseling, to support you and your household.

If you are planning virtual events, please reference Virtual Events Best Practices for experiential recommendations and key resources.

If you have any questions regarding the program, please contact your human capital partner.

Alumni FAQ

General Announcements

Events

Are any upcoming alumni events still scheduled?

We have canceled, postponed or virtualized Kellogg-sponsored spring events such as conferences, alumni receptions and Reunion. Should you have any questions, please contact Alumni Relations.

Reunion

What’s happening with 2020 Kellogg Reunion?

Kellogg Reunion 2020 and the 2020 With Gratitude event have been postponed until spring 2021. Look for new dates to be shared via email and on the Reunion website as soon as we have plans confirmed.

I have Reunion-related questions. Whom should I contact?

Please email reunion@kellogg.northwestern.edu.

Given that Reunion is postponed, what happens with the Reunion Cup Challenge?

The Reunion Cup Challenge continues through August 31. You still have time to give and help your class/cohort compete for the Cup.

How to Help

What can I do to support students, other alumni and Kellogg during this time?

Give

Kellogg has created a Student Assistance Fund to alleviate employment and financial challenges brought on by COVID-19, providing direct support to students in need across our MBA programs. Please consider making a gift to help. If you are celebrating a Reunion milestone in 2020, your gift through August 31 will be counted toward the Reunion Cup Challenge.

Hire Our Students and Alumni

A great need we have at this time is internships and jobs for our students. If you are in a position to hire interns, full-time positions or contract workers, consider hiring Kellogg talent through the Hire Kellogg campaign. The Kellogg Career Management Center's Employer Relations team uses a diverse range of recruitment strategies in order to connect you with our students and alumni for hiring opportunities. Connect now with the CMC Employer Relations team. You can also find and hire Kellogg alumni through Hire Kellogg.

Stories

How can I share my experiences during COVID-19 with the Kellogg community?

Please share your story of how you are making a difference in your community. We will gather and promote some of these through Kellogg’s social media platforms and other communications.

Resources

How can I network with other alumni?

Connect via our alumni LinkedIn Group or by searching on Our Northwestern, the university’s alumni directory.

What Kellogg resources are available on how COVID-19 is impacting the business landscape?

The CMC Library COVID-19 and Business/Industry Impacts Research Guide,, includes information on what business leaders need to know, including remote work tips and resources.

Kellogg Insight is regularly publishing new COVID-19 related thought leadership content.

Kellogg continues to offer its suite of online Executive Education to connect you or your employees to the ideas and insights of Kellogg, anywhere in the world. Alumni receive a 30 percent discount.

Facilities FAQ

General Announcements

If you have any questions regarding Kellogg facilities, please contact Steve Peavler at s-peavler@kellogg.northwestern.edu or Heath Winborn at heath.winborn@kellogg.northwestern.edu.

Are Kellogg’s facilities open? (Global Hub, Allen Center, Wieboldt)

The Global Hub is currently closed to students and nonessential workers. There will be no WildCard access to the building. This applies to faculty, staff and students.

In very limited circumstances, some faculty teaching this spring may seek an exception to teach from their office.

Will McManus operate as usual? 

Yes, McManus will remain in operation.

What about our FLIK partners in the Global Hub and the Allen Center?  

We recognize that our FLIK/Chartwells colleagues who work at the Allen Center, Global Hub and Wieboldt Hall have been significantly affected by the State of Illinois stay-at-home directives and the cancellation of in person classes at least through May 4. Our goal is to work with Compass Group (FLIK’s parent company) to ensure that their hourly associates, with whom we have worked closely for many years, have financial security and support during this period of disruption.

Kellogg and Northwestern are partnering with our food service provider, Compass Group, to provide financial support and to leverage the federal stimulus package to provide the resources necessary so that all hourly food service workers have the potential to receive benefits and compensation equal to their current full-time status for the entire Spring Quarter. By doing this, we can collectively ensure that our partners are financially whole through the end of the academic year in June. For more details, see the March 30 announcement from Northwestern University here.

What additional cleaning measures are being putting into place?

Northwestern’s janitorial vendor has been using a special day to day disinfectant, Diversey Virex II 256, to help keep facilities and surfaces as clean as possible.

In response to the confirmed case of COVID-19 in the Global Hub, health and safety personnel at Northwestern and its environmental services firm, Heritage Environmental have cleaned and disinfected the individuals’ work areas/office space. The Office area remained closed for 24-48 hours after the work was completed.

Building Services

Will I still receive my mail?

Evanston Campus

The NU central Mail service for Evanston Campus is scheduled to continue in a limited fashion during this time. USPS and major couriers (UPS, USPS, Fed Ex) delivering to NU addresses will route centrally to the Evanston NU Mail Services at the Tech building loading dock. NU mail service will then bring all mail and packages for Kellogg to the Global Hub on TUESDAYS AND FRIDAYS. Once per week Kellogg Facilities will bring the Allen Center mail to the Allen Center front desk and the 1007 Church St will be taken to the 1007 location 4th floor reception desk. Mail addressed to the Jacobs Center and other Kellogg departments will be held at the Global Hub. Recipients of packages and registered mail will receive an email notification.

Please direct related questions to Steve Peavler at s-peavler@kellogg.northwestern.edu

Chicago Campus

The NU central Mail service for Chicago Campus is scheduled to continue in a limited fashion during this time. USPS and major couriers delivering to NU Chicago addresses route it to the Chicago NU Mail Services at the Morton Building Mailroom. NU mail service will then deliver all mail and packages for Kellogg to the Wieboldt Building Facilities Office on TUESDAYS AND FRIDAYS. Kellogg Facilities will then bring the mail and packages to Suite 2M E&WMBA mailroom. Recipients of packages and registered mail will receive an email notification.

Since the Wieboldt building is currently closed, public services like UPS, USPS, and Fed Ex have been directed to contact the Wieboldt Facilities Office upon arrival at the building to arrange for package drop off. Facilities will continue to receive, sort and hold mail receivables.

Please direct related questions to Nadia Jackson at njack@kellogg.northwestern.edu.

What if I’m expecting a package?

We are instructing Amazon, FedEx and UPS to adjust deliveries as follows:

  • For the Evanston campus, packages will be delivered to the Tech receiving dock. Packages will be received centrally at the dock, and delivered alongside mail on Tuesdays and Fridays.
  • For the Chicago campus, packages will continue to be delivered to the Tarry or Lurie/SQ docks.

If absolutely necessary, to foster remote work transition, we are allowing for limited shipping to faculty and staff home addresses for the next two weeks. Purchase orders can be directed to a home address by submitting a request for a new “ship to” code. We ask that you please use discretion when utilizing this and require that a supervisor approve these changes.

What should I know about payment services during this time?

  • Instead of printing checks onsite daily, checks will temporarily be printed and mailed once a week, usually on Tuesday.
  • Campus staff should not request that checks be held for pick up.
  • Emergency checks, which should be rare, can be accommodated by contacting Accounts Payable at accountspayable@northwestern.edu. Please allow for up to a 48-hour turnaround time.
  • Payroll checks will be unaffected by this change.
  • Electronic payments will continue to be processed daily.

COVID-19 Thought Leadership

Read research and insights on COVID-19 from Kellogg faculty