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Transfer Students and the First-Year Seminar Requirement

NOTE: Students who start taking classes at Northwestern after Spring 2023 should refer to the pages describing College Seminars and First-Year Writing Seminars. The information below pertains to students who started at Northwestern Spring 2023 or earlier.

Most students satisfy the first-year seminar requirement by taking their first seminar in fall and the second in either winter or spring. For students who transfer into Weinberg from another school at Northwestern or from another institution, the procedure varies depending on when you begin in Weinberg.

Transfer by winter quarter of your first year

You will take your first seminar in that winter quarter and your second in spring quarter.

Transfer by spring quarter of your first year

You will take only one seminar in that spring quarter. You will still be responsible for completing the writing requirement. Consult a College Adviser or the Assistant Dean for First-Year Students for how to do this.

Transfer after your first year

You will not be required to take any first-year seminars. Students who interschool transfer into Weinberg from other Northwestern schools are still responsible for completing the writing requirement, and they should consult a College Adviser about how to do so. Students who transfer into Weinberg from other institutions after the first year are presumed to have completed the writing requirement.

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