New Student Registration FAQ


Yes, registration is required. All new, degree-seeking undergraduate students entering in summer or fall must participate in a New Student Registration session.

New Student Registration sign-ups begin in mid-March. To sign up, you'll need to take the following steps:

  1. Accept your offer of admission through your admitted checklist in myIllini.
  2. Claim and set your NetID and NetID password.
  3. If you're a first-year student, take a pre-registration assessment (ALEKS). Once you complete this assessment, it may take up to two business days for your record to be updated.
  4. Sign up for New Student Registration, again through your admitted checklist in myIllini.

You'll need to complete any required placement tests and pre-registration homework at least two weeks before your registration day, or your reservation may be subject to cancellation. This will allow your advisor to best assist you in choosing classes that are right for you.

You can find information on homework and placement tests in your admitted student checklist in myIllini.

New Student Registration will vary depending on your college and/or major. You'll learn more from your academic advisor prior to your online New Student Registration date.


Although we don’t encourage you to change your registration day, you can reschedule using the same process you did when originally signing up. Once you give up your spot on your original day, it will become open for another student to take. You can’t hold reservations for multiple days.

There are enough program dates and capacity to accommodate all new first-year and transfer students in all majors. However, if you’re unable to participate in any of the available days listed, fill out our Conflict Form to explain your situation.

No, our staff and academic advisors prepare specifically for the students who have signed up each day. Since we have limited advising capacities and academic departments available on specific days, we won’t be able to accommodate last-minute changes, and you’ll have to sign up for a different date.


By completing your college homework and working with your advisor on your registration day, you’ll be able to predict your AP or IB test results. We also have required placement tests that will help determine your placement in the absence of AP results. If you need to adjust your schedule after receiving official AP results, you can do so by consulting with an academic advisor after arriving on campus in the fall.

Current students register before new students, so some popular courses or times may be full. However, departments typically hold seats for new students, which are released throughout the summer, so there will be course availability regardless of your registration day. While it’s probably not realistic to get every course at every time you’d prefer, your academic advisor will work with you to make sure your schedule meets your educational goals and needs.


You can visit our New Student Registration webpage for resources about campus, Champaign-Urbana, and your child’s advising/registration experience.