We hope you’re excited to begin your journey here at Illinois, and we want to give you some information about how we do advising. The information that follows is also available on the departmental advising site. You should be prepared for the possibility of change as we move through this semester, so bookmark the advising page and check the blog regularly to stay in the loop and up to date! We look forward to working with you all and we want to keep advising procedures as clear, smooth, and accessible as possible.
MANDATORY NEW STUDENT CHECK-IN:
We are asking all new students to check in with an advisor in some way during the first two weeks of the semester. This is to let us know how you’re doing, whether you’re satisfied with your schedule, and (crucially) whether there are any problems we might be able to help you solve. Even if everything seems fine, please do your check-in (at least send an email) so that we know you’re settled in. A good time to do this is once you’ve attended the first meeting of each of your classes (i.e. toward the end of the first week). The last day to add a semester class to your schedule (in case you do want to swap a class you don’t like out for something else) is Friday, September 1, so you must complete your check-in by then.
You can connect with us in the following ways:
- You can email your questions and concerns, and we will email you back. If you have already worked with a particular advisor and would like to email her directly you may, or you can email email@example.com in which case Anna, Keshia, and Nancy will all see your message and the first person available to reply will do so.
- If you want to talk to an advisor in real time, please schedule an appointment by calling the office at 217-333-4346 (we do not schedule appointments via email). If you have to leave a message, please include your name, UIN, the reason for the appointment, and your preferred advisor (if any). Someone will get back to you as soon as possible. Depending on the urgency of your questions and our availability you may need to schedule a virtual appointment, but if you prefer to meet in person please let us know.
That’s it for now! Let us know if you have questions or need help, and we wish you all a happy and safe fall semester!
Anna, Keshia, & Nancy