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Orientation

Q: When does Boot Camp start?
A: Boot Camp begins September 2, this enables students to get settled into housing by September 1.

Q: What is Boot Camp?
A: Boot Camp is a three-week pre-term workshop that is required for all incoming EDIs. The workshop consists of a set of intensive training sessions that provide students the opportunity to strengthen their skills in selected tools of the design trade, including 2D visualization and communication; 3D modeling; and mechatronics. Students work on a project that allows them to practice their newly acquired skills. Sessions are primarily devoted to instruction, and students are expected to work on their own time to complete the project within the given timeframe. 

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Academics

Q: When do I register for class?
A: New student registration opens in late September. During Boot Camp, second-year EDI students will be able to field questions about electives and registration.

Resources:
CAESAR: Student Information Portal Login
CAESAR FAQs
EDI Curriculum Breakdown
Segal Course Catalogue

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Extracurricular

Q: What types of activities are EDIs involved in outside of class?
A: Students take it upon themselves to get involved in a variety of extracurricular activities. Examples include outreach-based activities such as mentoring Design for America (DFA) student teams or volunteering with local elementary schools; cohort-based activities like the EDI volleyball team; and activities just for fun such as pottery classes.

Q: Do students typically have part-time jobs while in EDI?
A: Due to the demanding nature of the EDI program, students typically do not have jobs during the active terms. Additionally, EDI students are encouraged to participate in a design-related summer internship during the summer between their third and fourth quarters.

Q: How do EDIs get placed in internships?
A: Formal services are offered through McCormick’s Office of Career Development. Students are also invited to attend informal design innovation mixers hosted by Segal. Additionally, students are encouraged to leverage the vast EDI alumni network. Please note that internship opportunities vary and no student is guaranteed placement.

Resources:
Segal’s Student Groups
McCormick Office of Career Development
The Center for Student Involvement
Northwestern Intramurals

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Housing

Q: Should I live in Evanston or Chicago?
A: Our EDI classes tend to be split down the middle, with about half of our students living in Evanston and half living in Chicago. Students who live in Chicago usually live near the Purple Line CTA train, which operates express trains to Evanston. Students also live near the Red and Brown Line trains, which easily connect to the Purple Line.

Resources:
Northwestern’s Off-Campus How To Guide
Chicago Neighborhoods Guide
Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) Maps 

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Finances

Q: How much does EDI cost?
A: At the current tuition rate of $16,208 per quarter for full-time enrollment (3-4 credits), the cost for 4 quarters is $64,832. Tuition rates for the 2016-2017 academic year will be available within the next few weeks. Tuition usually increases approximately 3% each year.

Q: Are there TAships available or other ways to help fund my EDI education?
A: A limited number of students are selected to receive partial TAship awards during the admissions process. Once on campus, as other funded TAships become available through the Segal Design Institute, interested EDIs are encouraged to apply.

Resources:
Student Financial Services – Tuitions and Fees
The Graduate School Financial Aid Office 

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Transportation

Q: Do I need a car?
A: Both Evanston and Chicago are extremely accessible by public transportation. If you live in Evanston, or near a CTA train that connects to the Purple Line, there is no need for a car.

Q: Will Northwestern pay for my CTA pass?
A: The Graduate School (TGS) and CTA provide the CTA University Pass (U-Pass) to full-time graduate students. The CTA U-Pass program uses fare cards called Ventra, a contactless payment system that serves as a U-Pass.

Resources:
Northwestern Shuttle Services
Northwestern Transportation and Parking
U-Pass Information  
CTA Website

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Campus Resources

WildCARD Information
Northwestern Health and Wellness Directory
Northwestern Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
Northwestern Sports and Recreation
Northwestern Dining
Segal Design Facilities

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