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Your First Year

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Northwestern University has made—and will continue to make—adjustments to course delivery and scheduling, cocurricular offerings, and enrichment experiences to ensure the health and safety of students, faculty, and staff. Expect the 2020-21 academic year to operate differently than years past.

Your First Year

When you become a member of the School of Communication Class of 2024, you can expect a world-class education in communication arts and sciences, a wealth of opportunities in student theatre, media, government, and organizations, and to meet new friends from all over the country and the world. You can also expect a lot of help getting settled in:

Wildcat Welcome 2020

Academic Advising in the School of Communication

Your academic advisor is a member of your major department’s faculty whose primary role is to support and guide you through your educational career. The school’s academic advising team maintains a website where you can review your major and program requirements, learn more about curricular offerings such as modules, and find answers to commonly asked academic questions. Take some time to review the First Year Focus section for your department to preview the types of courses you will be taking during your first year.

New Student Survey

Complete SoC’s new student survey so that your academic advisor can get to know you better!

  • Go to, and log in with your NetID and NetID password. (This Inspire platform is also how you will be able to schedule meetings with your academic advisor during fall quarter.)
  • In the “Programs” section on the right hand side, click on “New Student Survey” to access and fill out the survey.

Submit survey by August 15