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New Student FAQ

When do I register for classes? What classes should I take?

First-year students register for fall classes during Wildcat Welcome Week -- i.e. new student orientation -- the week before fall term begins. You will meet with your academic adviser to discuss course options.

Transfer students need to send their transcript to academic adviser Michelle Telafici as soon as possible in order to discuss the credits that may transfer from their previous school and to plan a course of study going forward. Learn more.

Do I need to declare a major right away?

No. Students do not need to declare a major until sophomore year.

How do I get to campus? Where do I park?

View information about our location, parking, and drop-off/pick-up on our Parking and Transportation page.

How do I apply for campus housing?

Campus housing is managed by Qatar Foundation. As soon as you submit your deposit to NU-Q as a new student, you can apply for campus housing. Learn more.

Where can I find food on campus?

View a list of dining options at Education City.

I am a transfer student. Do I need to participate in Wildcat Welcome Week?

Yes. Wildcat Welcome Week is mandatory for all new first-year and transfer students.

What computer will I need for my classes at Northwestern Qatar?

Northwestern Qatar recommends all students own a laptop computer for use in their academic studies. There is no specific model required yet we strongly recommend it meets our minimum hardware requirements.  

Please review Northwestern Computer Hardware Recommendations before making a purchase to ensure compatibility with Northwestern technology. We strongly recommend that each student own a laptop computer meeting power user specifications (Mac / Windows) given the collaborative nature of NU-Q coursework and the computational demands of media production software.

 Please email helpdesk@qatar.northwestern.edu if you have questions about the readiness of your setup.

Not a student yet but want to become one?

Apply for admission to NU-Q.

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