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Class Standing and Advising Cohort

Your class standing (senior, junior, sophomore, first year) is determined by the number of credits that you have earned toward your degree. However, your advising cohort is determined by when you matriculated to NU (for students who entered as first year students) or by how many credits you have at the time of matriculation (for transfer students).  

Speak with your advisor if you have specific questions about your class standing, particularly: 

  • If you have a large number of AP/IB or transfer credits. 
  • If you have circumstances requiring you to extend the time needed to complete your degree. 
  • If you are a transfer student planning to graduate in 6 quarters. 
  • If you are returning to NU after a leave of absence. 

Note that registration appointment times are based on a combination of NU/transfer credits and the year you were admitted to Northwestern. 

For detailed information on class standing and how registration appointment times are scheduled, visit