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Medill Student Affairs & Academic Advising

Medill Student Affairs and Academic Advising is here to support all students throughout their undergraduate lifecycle as a student, from orientation to graduation.

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Associate Dean of Student Affairs & Academic Advising Dorina Aguilar Rasmussen and Associate Dean Beth Bennett encourage you to "frame your story" at Medill.

The Medill Student Life team serves as a primary resource for support on information regarding registration and degree progress as well as other Medill and university opportunities.

How we can help

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Summer communication and orientation

Prior to orientation, the academic advising team meets with students to prepare for the start of classes. At orientation, students will participate in an engaging and informative program on Medill curriculum and requirements.

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Academic advising

Advisers will meet with you throughout your time in Medill for academic and co-curricular planning.

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Medill Ambassadors

The Medill Student Affairs and Academic Advising team works with the Medill Ambassadors in their engagement of prospective students and families.

Learn more about Medill Undergraduate Ambassadors
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Professional development

Students involved in national journalism associations will get the opportunity to attend conferences where they can meet professionals and build their network. One of the associations Medill students can join is the National Association of Black Journalists pictured above at the NABJ conference.

Dean Charles Whitaker speaking to a crowd at the Medill Centennial Celebration.

Building the Medill community

At Medill, we help foster inclusion and belonging through student appreciation events and providing space for students to create community.

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Medill celebrates your accomplishments at graduation.

Additional Student Resources

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
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