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For Admitted MSJ Students

Congratulations on your acceptance to the Master of Science in Journalism graduate program at Medill! Below is a checklist to help you prepare for your enrollment, whether you will begin the MSJ program in the summer or fall quarter.

Accept our offer of admission

To confirm your intention to enroll and hold your spot in the class, submit a non-refundable $500 tuition deposit to the Office of Graduate Admissions and Financial Aid by the deadline stated in your decision letter. This deposit will be credited to your tuition account when you start the program. View instructions on how to submit your deposit.

To notify us of your decision not to attend Medill and release your seat in the entering class, please fill out the decline admission form.

Defer Your Admission
Deferrals are intended to assist admitted students who encounter unexpected changes in their life or work situations that make it difficult or impossible to matriculate at Medill in the quarter for which they were admitted. To defer enrollment, you should send a written request (email is OK) to the Office of Graduate Admissions. Your request should include your reasons for seeking the deferral.

If the deferral is approved, you will need to submit a second $500 deferral deposit, in addition to your original $500 tuition deposit, to hold a place in a future class. Both deposits will be applied toward your tuition upon enrollment; however, neither will be refunded if you do not enroll.

Activate your Northwestern NetID

About a week after you receive your decision, you will receive an email with your Northwestern NetID, which is used to create your Northwestern email account and log into CAESAR, Northwestern's online portal for student services. You will also receive a second email with an activation code, which you will need to activate your NetID. It is important to activate your NetID and to use your Northwestern email account, which will become the primary means of communication between you and Medill. Activate your NetID here.

Apply for federal financial aid

Eligible students (U.S. citizens and permanent residents) who plan to apply for federal financial aid should complete all required documents as soon as possible after being admitted.

Learn more about financial aid

International students will be considered for applicable scholarships; however, these are limited and international students should plan to support the full cost of attendance.

Join the Medill MSJ class of 2018 Facebook group for admitted students

Join the Medill MSJ Class of 2018 Facebook Group for Admitted Students. Meet future classmates, connect with current students and get excited about joining the Medill family. You can also join the Medill MSJ Admitted Students '18 group on WeChat.

Provide final transcript

If you had not yet graduated from college when you were admitted to the MSJ program, you must provide the Office of Graduate Admissions and Financial Aid with an official copy of your final transcript showing the date your bachelor's degree was awarded. This is due 30 days prior to enrollment. If you submitted an unofficial copy of your final transcript or any other unofficial transcripts, you are required to submit the official copies 30 days prior to enrollment.

Begin researching housing options

We suggest that you start thinking about where you want to live. If you plan to reside on campus, apply for Northwestern graduate housing. If you're considering off-campus housing, check out the Off-Campus Housing pages for information about apartment rentals and sublets.

Submit the admission health record and required immunizations form

Complete the Admission Health Record and Required Immunizations Form and submit it by the following dates:

  • Summer 2017 admitted students should submit this form by May 1, 2017
  • Fall 2017 admitted students should submit this form by July 1, 2017

Mail the completed form to:

Northwestern University Health Services
Health Information Management Services
633 Emerson Street
Evanston, IL 60208

If you have questions, visit Northwestern University Health Services or call 847-491-8100. Failure to submit this form will delay your registration.

Submit the insurance coverage selection form

Complete the Insurance Coverage Selection Form in CAESAR to indicate whether you plan to enroll in the NU Student Plan or if you will waive coverage (international students may NOT waive coverage) and submit it by the following dates:

  • Summer 2017 admitted students should submit this form by July 21, 2017
  • Fall 2017 admitted students should submit this form by October 1, 2017

If you have questions, please visit NU Student Health Insurance or call 847-491-2113. Failure to submit this form will delay your registration.

Review hardware and software requirements

To thrive in the rapidly changing digital world, you'll need the right tools for the trade. Please visit our computer information pages where you can learn more about the hardware and software requirements to help you succeed.

Complete the federal I-20 request form (international students only)

Read the instructions on how to submit your I-20 request form, which you should send directly to Northwestern's International Office.

Attend MSJ orientation day

  • Summer MSJ Orientation is scheduled for June 12, 2017
  • Fall MSJ Orientation is scheduled for September 14 and 15, 2017

International students should also plan to attend Graduate International Student Orientation (G-ISO) on September 5 to 7, 2017.

International students

Please see our Information for Admitted Graduate Students page for additional steps you need to take to get started at Medill. These tasks are unique to international students and will help make your transition a smooth one.

Questions?

Please contact Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions and Financial Aid Melissa Sersland.