Summer Registration and Parents
We are excited to bring you into our Illini family. After students have accepted their offers of admission and worked through their Admitted Student Checklists, it is mandatory for them to sign up for Summer Registration. This day-long campus program is required of all students who live within 500 miles of campus (other students may complete the program online), and you are certainly encouraged to join!
In order for your child’s sessions to go smoothly, it is best to prepare. After signing up for a program, your child should do the following before coming to campus:
- Send AP scores directly from College Board.
- Do the college homework (available now on the Admitted Student Checklist).
- Take placement tests 2 weeks before coming for registration (available in early May).
The day of registration, you and your child will start the day together and then separate for different sessions (a good practice for moms like mine out there!). As your child meets with academic advisors, discusses career goals, and picks courses for the fall, you will attend a Parent Orientation Program along with sessions on campus safety and housing.
Parents will eat together at our largest dining hall—the Ike. We’ll provide each student 1 lunch ticket for his or her parent/guest (additional ones may be purchased there). Just as students are encouraged to mingle while they eat lunch with their future classmates, this is an opportunity for you to interact with other parents as there will be a great deal of information provided throughout the day.
It’s a long day, so I recommend comfortable clothing and walking shoes. After all the sessions, you will meet your child again and free to stick around or head home. If you have more questions, check out our FAQ page or give us a call at 217-333-0302. We look forward to seeing you on campus!
College of LAS summer registration
Summer Registration is a mandatory one-day program for all incoming students. The majority of new students will attend an on-campus registration day, but some out-of-state or international students may have the opportunity to complete registration online, depending on their major. Sign up for a registration date happens on a first-come, first-serve basis, so make sure to sign up for a registration date as soon as possible after you’ve accepted your offer of admission. Make sure to keep up with your Admitted Student Checklist as your registration day approaches. It is imperative that you complete your registration homework, including all placement tests, at least two weeks prior to your registration date.
If you need to reschedule your registration date for any reason, log back into the registration system to make this change in advance of your original registration date. If you change your date, you are giving up your reservation for your original day. You cannot hold reservations for multiple registration days. If you have any questions about signing up for a registration date, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at email@example.com or (217) 333-0302.
Details for on-campus registration
It will be a full day of presentations, meetings, tours & registering for your classes, so get a good night's sleep! If you have specific questions about your major as you prepare for registration, write them down so you will remember to ask when you meet with an advisor. Some departments will offer group meetings, individual advising appointments, or a combination of both.
Necessary items to bring to registration
- Your NetID, NetID password, and Enterprise password for logging in to campus computers and the course registration system.
- Official photo ID (driver’s license, passport, etc.) — for obtaining your I-card.
- Your name for your student ID. It's necessary that the name on your official ID exactly match the name under which you applied. Please log in to myIllini and make sure the names match. If there's a discrepancy, fill out the biographical change form.
- Your smile for having your picture taken for your I-card.
- Casual clothing and comfortable shoes for walking around campus to get to different buildings during registration (be sure to dress for the weather!).
- A pen and small notebook for noting important information throughout the day.
- Transfer students: course syllabi from any non-articulated courses listed on your Transfer Course Evaluation (mailed to students with notice of admission).
College and departmental meetings
Lunch (provided for the student and one guest; additional lunches must be purchased using a credit or debit card)
Advising appointments and course registration
Parents and guests: Parents will attend the first part of the program with their student before separating for lunch and the Parent Orientation Program.
Parking Instructions: Parking for will be in Lot E-14, located at 1799 S. First St., Champaign (west of the State Farm Center, between First Street, Kirby Avenue, Oak Street and St. Mary's Road). For accessible parking information, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
- Plan to arrive at Lot E-14 no later than 8:40 a.m. to allow for travel time to the program.
- To get to the Illini Union from Lot E-14, take the 1N Yellow or 1N Yellow Hopper Champaign-Urbana MTD bus to the Transit Plaza stop.
Details for online registration
If you have signed up for an online registration appointment, your advisor will contact you directly via the email address that you listed on your admissions application with further instructions for your advising appointment. You can expect this email one to two weeks before your registration date. Make sure you check this email account regularly and look for emails that may have been sent to your spam folder. All communications will come from an official university email account (@illinois.edu).
This email will include details on when your specific advising time will be and how you will “meet” with your advisor. Online advising appointments will be scheduled at a variety of times, and depending on your time zone, it could be very late at night or early in the morning. Some departments will advise you through a web-based meeting software program called Elluminate. Other departments will advise you through online chat, email or other forms of online communication.
After your advising appointment has been completed, your advisor will inform you of when your advising holds will be lifted so that you have access to register for courses.