- When do I register?
- When can I meet with my advisor to discuss my schedule?
- How do I register?
- How do I know which general education courses I've completed or if transfer credit has been posted?
- I'm getting an error message. What does it mean?
- Can you help me get into a closed class?
- When can I register for a course being held for a certain major?
To find your registration time ticket, access the UI-Integrate Self-Service system and follow these steps:
- Select “Registration and Records."
- Select "Registration."
- Select "Registration Eligibility."
- From the drop-down, select the approriate term.
Your time ticket represents the earliest time you can register. You will have from that time until the start of the semester to make changes and updates to your schedule.
You can call 217-333-4710 to schedule an appointment through our receptionist. If you are not able to see your advisor, you will be able to meet with him or her during express advising.
You do not need to meet with an academic advisor to register for classes. This should be done on your own using UI-Integrate Self-Service. If you are unsure of how to use this system, follow these instructions.
To find out this information, you can run your own degree audit. This is the same tool that your advisor uses to check your progress. Just remember that this is an unofficial report and should not be used to replace academic advising.
Be sure to click on the “Expand All” link at the top of the results form; this makes it much easier to understand.
Following are error messages commonly received during registration. Learn what they mean and what to do when you receive them.
The class is being held for students at a particular class standing (i.e., freshmen, sophomore, junior, or senior). Try to add another section of the class. Check the class schedule to see if the department has posted when the restriction will be lifted.
Closed or Reserved
The class is being held for students in a particular program or major. Try to add another section of the class. Check the class schedule to see if the department has posted when the restriction will be lifted.
The class is being held for students in a particular college. Check the class schedule to see if the department has posted when the restriction will be lifted.
Some classes require that you also register for a co‐requisite or attached course. If you get this error, the error message will tell you the class and CRN you need to add. Type both CRNs in the boxes at the bottom of the add/drop screen and try again.
Departmental Approval Required
The course has been restricted by the department. Check the class schedule to see if the department has posted when the restriction will be lifted. Otherwise, contact the department for more information.
Field of Study Restriction
This message indicates there is a major, minor or concentration restriction on the course preventing student registration.
Specific lecture sections must be linked to a lab or discussion section. The lecture and the discussion or lab must start with the same letter (A, B, etc.).
For example, I want to register for SOC 100. I need a lecture (AL1) and discussion section (ADA or ADF). If I do not have both the lecture and discussion section selected, or if I register for a BL1 lecture and an ADA discussion, I will get this error.
This class is being held for students in a particular major or majors. Check the class schedule to see if the department has posted when the restriction will be lifted.
Maximum Hours Exceeded
This message indicates that your are attempting to register for more than the maximum hours allowed.
This course is restricted to a particular program or major. Check the class schedule to see if the department has posted when the restriction will be lifted.
Student Attribute Restriction / PREQ or Test Score Error
You get one of these messages when you don’t have an attribute required of the course or section. Check the section restrictions in the class schedule. Most often, course are held in this fashion for freshmen, James Scholars, pre-College of Media students, Weston or Allen Hall students, and so on.
These sections will not open to other students unless otherwise noted, so if possible, try to add another section of the class that is unrestricted.
Time Conflict With (CRN)
You will get this message when the time of the course you tried to add conflicts with another course. Check to see if the course conflicts with either a discussion or lecture and try to change the previous or new course to a different time.
Although DGS advisors cannot register you for a closed course, below are our suggestions. Additionally, we are happy to discuss alternative course ideas with you.
- DGS advisors cannot register you for closed courses, even if you really need the course. However, we are happy to discuss alternate course ideas with you.
- Check the class schedule. A new section of the course may be added.
- Keep trying. Someone will probably drop the course, so check frequently to see if someone does. Persistence is the key to getting the classes you want.
- Call or stop by the department offering the course to ask:
- Is there any way I can schedule this course?
- Are additional sections likely to be added? If so, when?
- Is there a waiting list? If so, can I add my name to it?
- What’s the name of the instructor? (If this information is provided to you, call or email the instructor, or stop by during the instructor’s office hours to ask what he or she recommends that you do if you really want or need to take the course.)
- Expect to make changes during breaks or when you return to campus. Most students do not leave for winter and summer breaks with class schedules finalized.
- Schedule a related course that would be a good alternative. That being said, don’t settle for courses that are not appropriate just because they are available.
- Try again during peak schedule change times. Right before classes start and during the first 10 days of the semester, people are frequently making changes to their schedules.
- Attend the first day of class and ask the instructor if you can register for the course. The instructor may tell you no; however, he or she may tell you yes if attendance is low during the first week and it appears that there might be room in the course.
- If you can’t add the class right away, ask the instructor if you can attend the class in the meantime. That way you will be certain that you really want the course, and you will not have missed anything if the course becomes available.
Check the class schedule on Course Explorer to see if the course will open up to everyone on a certain date. For example, the following message appears under the listing of SOCW 200 sections: “Any remaining seats available will be released on December 1st.”