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Registration for Spring 2022

Registration will start November 1. Students are assigned a time on or after that date according to the schedule found here. As a new student you are required to schedule a pre-registration conference with us, ideally one to two weeks before your registration date. When you are ready please call 217-333-4346 during the hours 9:00-noon or 1:00-4:30 to request an appointment. As always, you may request a particular advisor or ask for the first person available. We just ask that you don’t wait until your time ticket opens up and then expect a same-day appointment.

Here are some things you can do ahead of time to make your registration appointment more productive:

  • Run your degree audit and see what you can make of it. Even if you find it a little confusing, try to get a sense of what requirements you have left to fulfill, and then when we do your registration appointment we can confirm (or correct) your interpretation of the audit and help explain anything that’s confusing.
  • Think about what you want to accomplish in the spring. What major/minor/Gen Ed requirements would you like to complete, and what other areas would you like to explore?
  • If you are thinking of adding a major or a minor, do you know what you need to do to get started? If you’ve already begun, can you figure out the next step?  You can explore major and minor requirements listed here: http://catalog.illinois.edu/undergraduate/
  • Consult Course Explorer and be sure to read the course descriptions in full.  Remember that if a course is called “Topics in X” then you must click through to see the individual sections and find out what topics are available. It’s also worth clicking through on any 199 (usually called Undergraduate Open Seminar) because there you will often find interesting and unusual topics being piloted, and they’re usually unrestricted.
  • Consult the English major requirement cheat sheet to find out which courses will satisfy which requirements in Spring 2022.

Do not feel that you must do all these things before you are allowed to schedule a registration appointment but do what you can and you may feel more confident in your ability to select courses as a result.  We are looking forward to connecting with you and we hope you’re all well.

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A Festival of Writers—featuring the award-winning Roxane GayJericho Brown and Tracy K. Smith—will be presented at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, November 12 and Saturday, November 13, 2021. The culmination of the Year of Creative Writers series, this festival spotlights some of the nation’s leading creative writers and authors.

All events are free and open to the public, but do require tickets. Visit the event page to learn more about each event and to reserve tickets.

upcoming hprc events

Publishing Fiction in Literary Magazines, with creative writing alumnus John Milas (Wednesday, November 3, 7 – 8pm, online/Champaign Public Library). “Getting published can be a mystery. John Milas will walk you through the process of submitting your short fiction and poetry to literary magazines. Don’t miss this opportunity to obtain information and advice on manuscript formatting, cover letters, and much more!” Register to get the Zoom link.

As always, if you have questions, want to explore options for your future, or need some direction in moving forward, HPRC is there to help:

Also, if you want to double up you can now schedule in-person advising appointments with Anna on Thursday mornings at HPRC!  You’ll have a private appointment in the HPRC conference room (105 Greg Hall) and then you can stick around to talk to Julie or Kirstin about career planning.  It’s one-stop shopping!

Sign up for HUM 275 to explore career paths
AWP Intro Journals Project Submissions Call

The Intro Journals Project is a literary competition for the discovery and publication of the best new works by students currently enrolled in AWP member programs. Our Creative Writing faculty can nominate one story, one essay, and three poems to this national award.

If you are currently a CW major or a CW minor or an MFA candidate and would like to be considered for nomination, please send one short story (max. 25 pages), one essay (max. 25 pages), or up to three poems via email attachment to John Dudek at jdudek4@illinois.edu by 12:00 noon, Monday, November 1, 2021.

Please include in the body of your email your name and academic year (junior, senior, MFA candidate, etc.) as well as your permanent address. Attach your submission as a .pdf, .doc, or .docx file. Your file name should be the title of your submission or some abbreviation of the title(s). The Subject line of your email should read: “AWP Genre: Last Name.” For example: “AWP Nonfiction: Dudek.”

DO NOT include your name or any personal identification on your submission file itself. Please note that work previously published or under consideration for publication elsewhere is not eligible. Previous winners are also ineligible.

Direct all questions to John Dudek, Associate Director of Creative Writing, at jdudek4@illinois.edu.

Mcnair scholars pROGRAM

The McNair scholars program prepares promising students to get admitted to (and graduate from) Ph.D. graduate programs. You can read more about the program by visiting our website: http://www.omsa.illinois.edu/programs/TRIO/mcnair/



The qualifications to be accepted to the TRIO McNair Scholars Programs are as follows:

  1. Junior Status
  2. First Generation and Low Income
  3. Grade Point Average Minimum 2.85
  4. Desire to attend graduate school the fall semester immediately after undergrad and earn the PhD degree.

If you’d like to learn more about the program and application process, please attend one of our information sessions. You can register for a session by Clicking the link: McNair Information Sessions

Below is the information from our website about the application process. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask. Thank you for your time and I look forward to reviewing your application!

Application Information:

Eligible students are invited to apply to the McNair program before all slots are filled. The application deadline is Friday, November 19th by 5:00pm to secure a slot.

Udall scholarship workshops

The University of Illinois seeks to nominate sophomores and juniors for the prestigious Udall Scholarship. The Udall awards $7,000 to sophomores or juniors who are taking action to address environmental concerns and are committed to a career related to the environment.

Please note that there are special awards also for Native American students interested in Tribal policy or health care (no need to be related to the environment).

Students must be US citizens, US nationals, or US permanent residents. A successful applicant will have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and demonstrate leadership and a commitment to service. The campus deadline is January 31, 2022 to be considered.

If you are interested in applying, please plan to attend our Udall informational events:

Udall Scholarship Information Session (In-person)

Date: Nov 4, 2021   3:30 – 4:30 pm
Location: 514 Illini Union Bookstore Building

Udall Scholarship Information Session (Online)

Date: Nov 5, 2021   9:00 – 10:00 am
Zoom Registration link: https://illinois.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUtf-yqqDMjGteOhzVHmtcHPCvTOJuQIcui

Udall Scholarship Writing Workshop

Date: Nov 5, 2021   3:00 – 4:00 pm  
Location: 514 Illini Union Bookstore Building

For more information, contact the scholarships office at topscholars@illinois.edu or visit our website. We hope you’ll join us!

environmental leadership program

The program includes a two-day training in January, weekly presentations, and four days of experiential learning in Springfield and Urbana-Champaign during Spring Break. Students from all backgrounds, class standings, and majors are encouraged to apply! Applications are due October 31.

Humanities Research Institute Annual Undergraduate Survey

HRI wants to hear from undergraduates who are interested in the humanities! By completing this survey, you are helping us learn what kinds of events and research activities you’d like to see us offer. You do not need to be a declared humanities major or minor to participate in this survey. As long as you’re interested in the humanities —books, TV and film, history, culture, philosophy, politics, religion, arts, theatre, and similar topics—we want to hear from you!  The survey will remain open through December 31, 2021.

Paid Student Focus Group Opportunity

On behalf of the Office of the Provost, the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (CITL) is currently seeking student participants for our focus groups to help choose questions for a new Teaching Evaluation System on campus. You will receive a $10 Amazon e-code and refreshments for participating.  Sign up! https://go.illinois.edu/TESFocusGroup  (NOTE: Amazon e-codes are not available to international students, unless already employed by the university.) Questions? Contact CITL  citl-data@illinois.edu.

submit your work to Montage!

Montage Arts Journal, the university’s undergraduate literary magazine, is now open for submissions! We welcome all publishable forms of art—photography, paintings, sketches, digital art, collages, sculptures, poetry, prose, creative nonfiction, drama, and more. This semester’s reading period closes December 15th, but submissions can be emailed to montagejournal@gmail.com any time before then. Please see https://montagejournal.wordpress.com for more information. We look forward to reviewing your work!


Don’t forget these!

atlas internship program

ATLAS is interviewing for the Fall 2021 semesterApplications are accepted from all undergraduate LAS studentsOpen positions include content creation, social media strategist, communications, and website content. Internships consist of a minimum of 10 hours a week and can be online, in personor hybrid. If you are interested, apply here.


Our Pre-Law 101 Workshop series is designed specifically for freshman and sophomore students and strives to provide students with a broad overview of the legal profession, legal education, and pre-law student expectations.  The Workshop is divided into Sessions I and II, dates below), and students are expected to attend one of each (but don’t have to do so within a single month).  Interested students may register and learn more about the series online:

  • Pre-Law 101 – Session I: November 3
  • Pre-Law 101 – Session II: November 10
Brain Matters

Looking to submit your art, photography, or writing to a professional
body of work? Are you in the market for a publishing credit? Want insight from professors and graduate students on class work, or simply to spice up your social media feed? Connect with us!

Wellness and Diversity Workshop Series for Undergraduate Students

The College of Applied Health Sciences and Delta Xi Phi Multicultural Sorority, Inc. is sponsoring a 6-part dynamic workshop series where students will engage in guided discussions on how different cultural groups navigate barriers and sustain access to resources that impact their overall health.

The synchronous workshop will take place through Zoom on Tuesdays from 7-8pm starting Oct. 19th. Participants are welcome to come only to the topics of interest or enroll in the certificate program.  Register to participate in either format here https://forms.illinois.edu/sec/595116968

Test Anxiety Workshops

Could you benefit from a workshop that provides strategies for managing anxiety around taking tests? The Counseling Center hosts drop-in workshops throughout the semester with tips on:

  • Remaining calm during tests and exams.
  • Getting the most from your study time.
  • Preparing effectively for tests and exams.

To register, please visit counselingcenter.illinois.edu/TestAnxiety.  The in-person sessions will take place in Lincoln Hall room 1064.

  • Tuesday, November 30, 4-5 p.m. (in-person)
  • Tuesday, December 6, 3-4 p.m. (in-person)
In Focus Support Series

In Focus is a four-week series that offers education and support for students who commonly experience difficulties associated with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). You do not need to have an official diagnosis to get involved.  This series is interactive and gives students practical tips for improving focus.

In Focus will be offered Wednesdays from 1 to 2:20 p.m. October 27 until November 17.

For more information and to register, please go to counselingcenter.illinois.edu/InFocus.

Registration is limited, so please sign up as soon as possible to ensure you get a place!

OMSA Fall Tutoring Offerings


Sunday Resume, Cover Letter, and LinkedIn Reviews

Get feedback on your resume, cover letter, and LinkedIn profile without having to schedule an appointment. Reviews are via Zoom. Click here to begin your Sunday drop-in review:



curious about research? Ask an ambassador!

Undergraduate Research Ambassadors are accepting virtual meetings with students throughout the semester. Staff from the Office of Undergraduate Research are available for one-on-one virtual and in-person meetings to answer any questions you have about undergraduate research at Illinois.

Schedule an appointment today at: http://go.illinois.edu/AskOUR

Tuesday @7 counseling center workshops


Need to talk to someone?

The Counseling Center has resumed face-to-face services for all counseling modalities except group (which will remain on Zoom). They are also offering online scheduling for initial appointments and you are also welcome to reach out to the embedded LAS counselor, Andy Novinska, at anovinsk@illinois.edu.

DATES and DEadlines

Priority registration begins for Spring 2022
Monday, Nov. 1

Deadline to drop a second half-session course
Friday, November 12

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