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Frequently Asked Questions

What courses will I take for the BAQ program and how will they count towards the entrepreneurship minor?

For the Winter 2025 Program, you will enroll in the following credit-bearing courses: 

I have a conflict and cannot enroll in ENTREP 380-1 during the Fall 2024 quarter. What should I do?

To address your specific situation, please send an email with a detailed explanation of your circumstances or constraints to the Farley Center team at 

Can I apply Farley Bay Area Quarter courses toward my program requirements?

We recommend that you consult with your academic adviser to determine whether Bay Area Quarter program courses will fulfill your individual degree plan requirements. 

McCormick students may petition to apply ENTREP 360-0 and ENTREP 380-2 toward their social sciences theme requirements. 

How will housing arrangements be made?

You are responsible for securing your own housing in the Bay Area for the duration of the program. Many students in the past have opted for long-term Airbnb rentals in San Francisco proper. We highly recommend that students consider living within the city limits of San Francisco in order to fully immerse themselves in the city's culture and take advantage of the student community experience. Please also consider transportation to the Northwestern San Francisco educational space at 44 Montgomery when making your housing decisions.  

Please email us at if you would like to connect with past program participants who can offer recommendations and insights. 

How will this affect my housing if I will be living in a dorm during the rest of the academic year?

You will not be required to pay for dorm housing during the duration of the BAQ program. However, due to Northwestern policy, dorms will also not be held for students, and you will be required to reapply for housing upon your return.  

To ensure a smooth transition: 

  1. Before the winter quarter, fill out the Housing and Dining Accommodation Request form to cancel housing for the quarter that you will be studying in the Bay Area
  2. 2.  Prior to your return to campus in Spring 2025, reapply for on-campus housing to secure your accommodations for the upcoming quarter. You can do so via the housing portal.

We encourage you to contact the Residential Services with any further questions. You may reach them at (847) 467-4663 or 

Is financial support available for the Farley BAQ Program?

Housing stipends will be awarded to all students participating in the BAQ program through financial aid. This stipend is intended to offset the cost difference for housing between Evanston and the Bay Area. Please email us at for more information. 

When will I need to arrive in the Bay Area?

Kick-off events for the Winter 2025 Bay Area Quarter program will start on January 6, 2024. Attendance is mandatory for all students. Please plan your arrival accordingly to ensure your participation from the very beginning of this exciting journey. 

How will I get to the Bay Area?

Students are responsible for arranging their own transportation to and from the Bay Area. If the cost of a plane ticket poses a challenge, please feel free to reach out to us at We will assist you in exploring available options.
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