First-Year Students
Registration Information

Registration Tip Sheet 

Registration Holds 

Students should check their CAESAR account for registration holds well in advance of their registration appointment to avoid any delays once enrollment begins.  Please keep in mind that there are many types of holds and the majority are not managed by the Undergraduate Engineering Office.  You can view details on a hold, information on required steps for that hold to be lifted, and details on which department oversees that hold in CAESAR.  

First-Year Course Enrollment Information

Registration Tip Sheet

Visit this link for tips on using CAESAR: https://www.northwestern.edu/ses/students/registration/tip-sheet.html

Non-McCormick Courses

For information on non-McCormick courses taken by the majority of our students, such as Math & Chem, please see the following link:


PRDV 101-2: Engineering First-Year Seminar

Listing in CAESAR: PRDV 101-2

This 0-credit course is required for all first-year McCormick students enrolling in Winter 2022.

You will receive an email the week of registration that will contain your permission number you’ll need to register.

If you need to change sections of PRDV 101-2 due to conflicts or other issues, please submit your request at the following link.  You must be signed into your NU email to access this Link.

If you submit a request to change sections, the Undergraduate Engineering Office will work to ensure that you are enrolled in PRDV 101-2 by the first session meeting.

Design Thinking and Communication 1 (DTC 1)

Listing in CAESAR: DSGN 106-1 (.5 credit) AND English 106-1 (.5 credit)

NOTE: DTC 1 has 3 components (listed below).  Please be sure you are adding each to avoid registration errors.

DTC-1 is offered Fall and Winter.  DTC-2 is offered each Spring.  Multiple sections are offered each term, do not need a permission number, but will not be overloaded.  Please enroll in an open section along with a Monday discussion.

Concurrent enrollment in Caesar to avoid errors:

  • DSGN 106-1-XX  (XX = section number)
  • ENGL 106-1-XX (XX = section number selected above)
  • DSGN 106-1-60 or 61 (discussion) 

Please fill out this form if you need additional support to enroll:  https://forms.gle/PhAWxEUPZNs4BtGR8

Engineering Analysis 1 (EA 1) Trailer

Listing in CAESAR: GEN_ENG 205-1

This trailer if offered for McCormick students who still need to complete EA 1. The class does not require a permission number to enroll. Please fill out this form if you have difficulty registering for EA1.

Engineering Analysis 2 (EA 2)

At your enrollment time, if you believe you have a special circumstance that necessitates enrolling in a currently closed section of EA 2, please submit your request at this link.  You must be signed into your NU email to access the form.

We will accommodate requests where possible but must stay within the enrollment limits for each section and, unfortunately, cannot guarantee we will grant every request.  Students who have submitted requests will be notified regarding whether a seat is available in the preferred section by the start of classes.

Honors Calculus

Listing in CAESAR: ES_APPM 252-2

Honors Calculus permission numbers will be emailed the week of registration to those who are completing ES_APPM 252-1 this Fall. Use the permission number to enroll. If you encounter any problems registering for Honors Calculus, please contact Ashley Motta.  

Information for Sophomores 

Special Permission for Enrolling in Classes  

Classes are managed by the department that houses the course.  If you need special permission to enroll in a course, please reach out to the corresponding department for assistance.  Contact information for the departments is listed on their websites.

EA 4: GEN_ENG 205-4 Trailer

EA 4 registration is open to all McCormick students who have fulfilled the pre-requisite courses as stated in the catalog.  The class does not require a permission number to enroll.  Please fill out this form if you have difficulty registering for EA4.