New Student Registration

Once you’ve accepted your offer of admission, you’re ready to sign up for New Student Registration—a one-day, mandatory program in which you'll meet with your advisor and register for classes.

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How to Prepare

Complete your college registration homework in advance.

Finish your homework and any required placement tests at least 2 weeks before your registration date so you're able to register for the courses you need. Both will be available online starting in May.

Explore your many course options.

Check out the kinds of classes you might take through our Course Explorer.

Remember your password.

You’ll use your NetID and NetID password to log in to campus computers and the course registration system.

Bring along an official photo ID.

You must have a valid form of identification (for example, a driver’s license or passport) to get your student ID card.

If you're a transfer student, don't forget your course syllabi.

You'll need these for any non-articulated courses listed on your course report.

Wear comfy clothes and walking shoes.

You’ll be walking around campus to get to different buildings during registration, so be sure to dress for the weather!

Your Itinerary

Get to know the university, your classmates, and your college better as you meet with advisors to map out your academic strategy and select fall classes. You and any guests should plan to be on campus from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Your exact schedule will vary depending on your college and major. You’ll receive more details at check-in.


  • Check-in at the Illini Union
  • University welcome
  • College & departmental meetings


  • Lunch (provided for all students)
  • Advising appointments
  • Course registration
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When you sign up for New Student Registration, you’ll provide names of any guests you're bringing. Although guests will spend some time with you during the opening session, they’ll attend a separate program specifically for parents.

Looking for more?

Review a list of frequently asked questions regarding New Student Registration.