The Office of the Registrar will implement changes for Fall Quarter in the registration and billing processes for undergraduate students.
University Registrar Jaci Casazza said these alterations will streamline registration and billing processes. She said CAESAR, the online portal used by Northwestern students to register for classes, will now be more user-friendly because some of the jargon related to the registration process was removed from the website.
In an email sent to students Wednesday, Casazza wrote that most students will now be able to take as many as 5.5 credits without University approval.
Weinberg students will be able to register for a fifth class online instead of filling out a hard copy add form, Casazza said. Previously, those seeking to take a fifth class in Weinberg needed to get permission from the specific professor or department, get the dean’s signature and take the paper to the Office of the Registrar.
Weinberg sophomore Cassie Zhang said the process to take a fifth class was tedious when she added a political science class to her schedule. She said she will likely take five classes in the future, so this is a welcome change.
“It seemed like an extra step,” she said. “It makes everything clearer and easier, and it feels like the school can trust class.”
Weinberg junior Jai Broome, a former Daily staffer, switched from full-time to part-time status last quarter. He said this change will make the process much easier.
“Dealing with the administration is a bureaucratic process and anything they can do to make it easier is really valuable,” Broome said. “When people are doing this they’re dealing with difficult things in their lives, so not worrying about their standing with the University will only University.”
This change will make it easier for students to plan ahead, even though few students take more than 5.5 credits per quarter, she said.
Bienen School of Music students who must overload during academic quarters with additional performance classes will not incur additional charges.
Casazza said the undergraduate schools coordinated efforts to produce these new rules.
“We’re seeing a lot more collaboration between the undergraduate schools on these policies, and that’s important as students move between these schools and not just transfers,” she said. “It’s nice to have consistent policies across the