New Student Registration

We are so glad you will be joining us at the University of Illinois this fall! Now that you have accepted your offer of admission, you will need to sign-up for a New Student Registration date. During New Student Registration, you will meet with your academic advisor to discuss your degree requirements and register for your fall classes. Follow the timeline below to prepare for your advising appointment.

1. Sign up for your New Student Registration date.

2. Two weeks before your registration date, complete your New Student Pre-Advising Worksheet and take applicable placement exams.

  • Both the New Student Pre-Advising Worksheet and placement exam testing will be available by May 1.
  • Information provided in the worksheet and from your placement exam will better inform your academic advisor as to your potential fall coursework.
  • First-time freshmen in the College of Media should take the ALEKS math placement exam and any applicable Language Other Than English exams.
  • Off-campus College of Media transfer students should take applicable Language Other Than English exams if they have not yet completed three years of another language prior to transferring to the University of Illinois.

3. One to two weeks before your chosen registration date, watch for an email from your new academic advisor with more information on your advising appointment. If you have chosen a virtual registration date, your Zoom meeting link and password will be provided at this time.

  • Check your Spam folder for emails from “” accounts.
  • If you do not believe that you have received your email one week before your registration date, call our office at 217-244-4329 or email us at

4. One week before your registration date:

5. Attend New Student Registration on your chosen date.

6. Get ready for the first day of classes on Monday, August 21!