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Inter-School Transfer (IST)

Policies for undergraduate inter-school transfer

Deadlines 2017-18

Term First day
to apply
Last day to submit completed IST application (through step 3 below)
Fall 2017 Sept. 19, 2017 12 pm (noon) October 13, 2017
Winter 2018 Jan. 8, 2018 12 pm (noon) February 2, 2018
Spring 2018 April 3, 2018 12 pm (noon) April 27, 2018

Procedures for inter-school transfer (IST)

  1. Complete and submit the online Application for Undergraduate Inter-School Transfer. You and your current school will receive an email confirming the successful submission of your application.
  2. Obtain approval of transfer INTO your proposed new Undergraduate school per the procedure below. When this is complete your proposed new school will submit an online approval or denial of your IST.
    Undergraduate school & contact information School’s INBOUND IST procedure
    Bienen School of Music
    Office of Student Affairs
    musiclife@northwestern.edu
    847-491-3141
    1. You must audition and be accepted into Bienen School of Music. Admission into the Bachelor of Music programs is only available for a Spring application/Fall acceptance. Other programs are available in all terms.
    2. After audition and admission, you receive an email with an official letter of acceptance.
    3. Follow instructions contained in your letter of acceptance letter (e.g., contact appropriate dean regarding required meeting).
    McCormick School of Engineering
    Undergraduate Engineering Office
    jennifer-handel-henry@northwestern.edu
    847-491-5195
    1. Once your IST has been received by McCormick, you will be contacted with the name of an adviser or member of the Undergraduate Engineering Office to meet with for your initial advising appointment.
    2. You must attend a mandatory 30-minute meeting to verify reasons for transferring in and for creating and reviewing a preliminary course audit and plan.
    3. You must sign McCormick’s academic integrity agreement as well as an agreement to complete all courses with a grade of C or better.
    Medill School of Journalism, Media, & Integrated Marketing Communications
    1. You must successfully complete JOUR 201-1. Contact Medill Student Life to be added to the course waitlist for an upcoming term.
    2. Once the course has been completed and you are applying to transfer schools, you must schedule a mandatory meeting with an adviser in Student Life to review your IST application.
    School of Communication
    Office of Undergraduate Programs
    dear-soc@northwestern.edu
    847-491-7214
    You must schedule a mandatory meeting with an advisor. You must call the telephone number at left to schedule a mandatory meeting with a School of Communication adviser.
    School of Education & Social Policy (SESP)
    Office of Student Affairs

    1. You must attend a mandatory information session (info sessions take place at the SESP offices every weekday at 3:30 p.m.)
    2. Follow instructions contained in the packet received at your information session (e.g., complete essay questions, course planning form, etc.)
    Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences (WCAS)
    Office of Undergraduate Studies and Advising
    1908 Sheridan Road
    847-491-8916
    You must schedule a mandatory meeting with a WCAS College Advisor.
  3. Once all of the above steps for your proposed new school have been followed, you will receive notification from your proposed new school approving or denying your request to transfer.
  4. As noted above, your inter-school transfer is NOT in effect until final grades from the current term are posted and any pending charges of academic dishonesty have been resolved.