Skip to main content

Transfer to Another School at Northwestern

Important Deadlines

1st day of quarter   First day to initiate an interschool transfer

5th Wednesday of quarter Last day to complete an interschool transfer

Transfers into the School of Communication  

To transfer into the school, students should first go to and complete an online interschool transfer request. The student’s current school will first approve the request. In the meantime, students should make an appointment with an SoC advisor no later than the Monday of the fifth week of the quarter. Appointments can be made by calling the Student Resource Center at 847-491-7214. Students should bring a copy of their unofficial transcript from CAESAR to their advising appointment.

Northwestern students are allowed to transfer freely between schools if they are in good academic standing with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or above and if there is room available in the proposed major.  Transfers may be nullified either for failure to meet the GPA requirement, or for an academic integrity violation. In the proposed School of Communication major, there must be room in the major for a transfer to be approved. Theatre limits each class to 100; if the major is full, you may ask to be added to the waitlist. Also, students may not transfer into Radio/Television/Film after the first day of the fall quarter of their junior year at Northwestern.

Transfers out of the School of Communication

To transfer out of the school, students should first go to and complete an online interschool transfer request. Notify your academic advisor that you will be leaving SoC. The school will approve your IST out request. Then follow the instructions on the Registrar’s IST webpage for the school you wish to enter.

ISTs processed in the first month of one quarter will appear on the student’s record as of the following quarter (i.e., an IST processed in the fall becomes official when winter quarter begins); however, the student will be able to register for classes in their new school/major once the IST forms have been completed.