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Current Student Resources

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Academic Resources

  • Canvas - Northwestern Course Management System. See announcements, class assignments, notes, and grades of courses in which you are enrolled.
  • CAESAR - In the 'My Academics' section, see your grades after exams, unofficial transcripts, and request official transcripts.
  • Webmail - Mail system used at Northwestern University.
  • Registrar - Reserve rooms, add or drop classes, order a transcript, and more.
  • Student Accounts - Access your accounts. See and access your tuition and fees.

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New Student Resources

  • First Steps - Obtain your Wildcard and University Internet access.
  • University Health Insurance - Establish University health insurance.
  • Housing - Information about on- and off-campus housing options in Evanston.
  • Shuttle Service - There are several shuttle services offered to students, including a free shuttle between the Chicago and Evanston campuses. Students must show their Wildcard to use the shuttle.
  • Parking - Options to park on Northwestern's Evanston campus.
  • NUIT - Need help with your computer? Contact NUIT and set up an appointment.
  • SPAC - Northwestern's fitness center. Must have Wildcard for access.
  • Financial Aid - The staff in Student Financial Services determine loan eligibility and process loans for students in McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science's Master's programs, including MSAI.
  • International Office - We collaborate with the International Office for everything necessary for our international students.

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McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science and the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) provide the CTA University Pass (U-Pass) to full-time graduate students. The CTA U-Pass program uses fare cards called Ventra, a contactless payment system that serves as a U-Pass. Benefits of this system include:

  • Can be used 365 days a year
  • Can be used on CTA buses and trains
  • Can be used on Pace Buses as a fare card (charges apply)
  • Can be changed to a full-fare card once you are no longer enrolled full-time
  • Personalized with your photo and name

If you cannot find the information you are looking for in the frequently asked questions below, please email the Program office for assistance.

Note:  New students must obtain a Wildcard to receive a U-Pass. New students typically obtain a Wildcard the week before classes start.

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