The information on this site will:
Please review all of this information and complete the necessary steps at least one week prior to your registration program date. Your understanding of this process, completion of placement tests, and submission of credit information is essential in ensuring your advisor places you in the right classes and provides you with the most accurate advising possible.
The College of ACES Office of Academic Programs will be hosting some Q&A sessions for new incoming students and thier families during the new student registration time period. You can register for a session by clicking on the date below and completing the registration form. All sessions will be held at 5pm on Wednesdays below and using Zoom.
Any incoming students expecting to bring in college credit through Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), Advanced Level Examinations (A Levels) or Dual Credit should make a list of the expected credit, including known or anticipated scores, and bring this list to their summer registration date. All students expecting to bring credit should complete the college homework that is part of your admitted student checklist (https://go.illinois.edu/acescollegehomework) You can view the current cutoff scores for AP, IB, and A-Level exams on the Illinois CITL website:
The information you provide about any incoming credit through your college homework is necessary for us to advise you properly.
You can get an idea of what courses you'll be taking in your major by reviewing the campus Academic Catalog and Programs of Study.
Go to http://catalog.illinois.edu/undergraduate/ and look for your major from the list.
Go to https://academics.aces.illinois.edu/majors to see links to the ACES Department Websites. Many departments list degree requirements and may have sample 8-semester plans under advising, concentrations, or curriculum.
All students should take these placement tests, regardless of AP or IB examinations, college- level transfer courses, or academic background. This will help you have a better advising experience since the placement tests are geared towards the sequence of courses at the University of Illinois, they’re the best predictor of what level you should take. There are four tests:
ALL students are strongly encouraged to take this exam. It will be useful if you decide to switch majors to a program that requires chemistry or if you want to go into a pre-health field. Transfer students in these same majors are also required to take the Chemistry Placement Exam if you’ve not yet earned college-level chemistry credit.
All new incoming students should sign up for a registration program through the Admitted Student Checklist. Due to Covid-19, all new student registration for Fall 2020 will be conducted online. This will be a new process for our advisors in the College of ACES, so please have patience, check your email daily, and ask questions! We will get through this by working together!
ACES has created a video to give you the same information that you would receive at the College Welcome during an on-campus new student registration day. This video has some important information to help prepare you for your registration appointment:
Here are some important things to remember regarding online advising:
Online Advising Resources
Google Meet resources:
It will be helpful for you to review some of the registration tutorials and guides prior to your online advising appointment. Here are some steps to help you familiarize yourself with the registration system here at Illinois:
Our mission as academic advisors in ACES is to empower each student to realize his or her potential. Through shared responsibility with our students, we foster the development of professional, self-sufficient, ethical citizens and exemplary leaders in the local and global communities.
The College of ACES and University of Illinois have many staff and faculty that could fall under the category of "advisor" to help you throughout your time here at Illinois. The College of ACES has staff to help you with career guidance, study abroad programs, honors, and of course, navigating the degree program for your major. Each department has Academic Advisors who are here to assist you in course selection and graduating on time!
ACES has an “Advising Info” page that you should look through now and reference throughout your time here as a student at Illinois
You will see one of the links from this page is to the ACES Advising Expectations. Be sure to read through the expectations, and be sure to talk with the advisor with whom you meet at your registration program about any questions you have regarding academic advising.
Other Recommended Advising Resources
Finally, all ACES Students should be familiar with their "college office," which is called the ACES Office of Academic Programs. This is a place where you can go to get help in navigating the campus and getting your questions answered.
ACES Office of Academic Programs
128 Mumford Hall, 1301 West Gregory Drive, Urbana
Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday