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Resources for Schedulers & Departmental Staff

Systems overview

Northwestern University uses multiple systems to maintain student and curricular information.  These are the administrative systems and their functions which are maintained by the Office of the Registrar.

Caesar {Main Records System}

CAESAR is Northwestern’s system of record for student data and academic operations. There is a student-facing view of CAESAR, an administrator-facing view of CAESAR, and an instructor-facing view of CAESAR.  For students, CAESAR's functions include registration, financial aid, billing, grades and academic progress. For instructors this includes class schedule, class rosters, grade input. Department staff may use CAESAR to view class rosters, update class descriptions, manage enrollment permissions.

Caesar Login Page

[Caesar Resources & How-To Guides]

CLSS {Class Schedules}

Course Leaf Section Scheduler (CLSS) is Northwestern’s primary academic scheduling tool. CLSS updates CAESAR  through the first week of each academic term and gives department schedulers control of their schedules from initial planning through the end of student registration. 

CLSS Login Page

[CLSS Resources & How-To Guides]
[CLSS Important Dates & Deadlines]

CAT {Online Course Catalog}

CAT is the interface that hosts Northwestern’s online course catalogs. This displays general school, department, program, and curriculum requirements information. The active courses that the catalogs reference are fed directly from CAESAR. The catalogs are published once a year in August, and represent a snapshot of the requirements effective during that academic year. Departments start editing for the subsequent year’s edition during Winter quarter.

CAT Login Page

25Live / RES {Room Scheduling}

The Room Event System (RES) powered by 25Live software allows students, faculty, and staff the ability to request classroom or other academic space on campus. This include 120+ registrar controlled “General Purpose Classrooms” as well as other departmentally scheduled spaces. All users have default access to request many of the spaces on campus, but staff and faculty in certain schools and departments have further access to view, request, or approve departmentally controlled rooms.

25Live Login Page

[25Live Resources & How-To Guides]

Calendars & Deadlines

Scheduling Calendars for AY21-22  |  Deadlines  |  Planning Calendars | Term Session Dates


Guides & Help Documents

Training Documents  |  How-To Guides  |  Frequently Asked Questions  |  Glossary of Common Terms


System Access & Trainings

Access Forms  |  Upcoming Training Sessions