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Office of Student Life

We support you so you can maximize your Medill experience from orientation to graduation.

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Supporting your Medill experience

We are your primary resource for information on registration and degree progress as well as Medill and Northwestern opportunities and services.

How we help you

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Communication and orientation

Before you start, we’ll be in touch with information to help you prepare for the start of classes, and we’ll set up channels to connect you with your fellow students. We have orientation videos that help you start off your career at Medill, set you up for academic success and connect you with your peers, as well as our faculty and staff.


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Academic advising

You can talk with us throughout the year to discuss academic progress, personal and professional goals and dreams, and your Medill experience.

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Student Leadership Committee

Student Life staff members advise our IMC Student Leadership Committee, which works to continually improve the Medill student experience. 

Learn more about the Student Leadership Committee
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Building the Medill community

We build Medill pride with events throughout the year. If you're in the Chicagoland area, we also share information about events happening on campus and in the area. We love involving our online students with students in our travel courses, on-site programs, and alumni events across the U.S.

Online IMC student receiving her diploma at graduation in Evanston, Illinois


As you finish your graduate school career, we host Medill’s graduation ceremonies to celebrate your accomplishments.

Additional student resources

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Health and safety resources

Northwestern offers a variety of resources to support your physical, mental and social well-being on campus.

Learn more about health and safety resources