We assist students with their review of over 150 majors and 100 minors, constructing course schedules that promote exploration and on-time graduation.
Why Schedule an Appointment?
Over 75% of our week is dedicated to discussing your goals. As experts in the first 2 years of every program on campus, we can make sure that you explore all of your interests while staying on track for graduation. Scheduled appointments allow time for a meaningful, productive, and personalized conversation.
Schedule an Academic Advising Appointment
Appointments can be made online or by calling the DGS office. The Online Appointment System is the preferred method for scheduling, but appointments can also be made by phone or in person at the DGS office. To schedule an appointment with our Assistant Director (Sarah Gardiner, Assistant Director for Honors), our Associate Director (Teri Farr), or our Director (Dr. Daniel Turner), call the DGS office at 217-333-4710. We do not schedule appointments through email.
Location: Illini Union Bookstore, Floor 5, 807 South Wright Street, Champaign, IL 61820
Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday
How to schedule an appointment with the online appointment system
*Note: You will receive a confirmation e-mail once your appointment is confirmed
- Click here to access the online appointment system. (Please note that the online scheduling system is not available during the summer).
- Log in with your @illinois.edu e-mail address and your password (note instructions at the top of the page regarding your password if this is your first time using the system).
- If you have a preferred advisor, select them from the drop down list and select your appointment type (Academic Advising (30 min)).
- Click the day on the calendar you'd like to make your appointment.
- Click "Book it" for the appointment that you'd like to schedule.
- Add any information that is pertinent to your appointment and select whether you'd like a text message reminder (standard messaging rates apply) and click "Finalize Appointment."
- The box with the green checkmark indicates your appointment was confirmed.
Detailed instructions can be found here.
Preparing for Your Registration Appointment
For a printable version of these questions click here.
Waiting for your registration appointment? There are many things you can do before your appointment to help you prepare for registration. Please go through the steps below and bring your completed form with you to your advising appointment.
Step 1: Before your advising appointment, reflect on the following questions:
1. What majors, minors, and pre-professional interests are you currently exploring?
2. Reflecting on your courses this semester, what courses did you like? What courses did you not like?
3. What have you done to explore your major(s) of interest this semester? How has this impacted your major exploration?
4. What majors, minors, and pre-professional interests would you like to explore next semester?
Step 2: Research general education requirements, courses, and transfer requirements for your major(s).
1. Run a Degree Audit Report (DARS) for your major of interest (www.registrar.illinois.edu/dars-audit). What general education categories do you still need to complete? Create a list of possible general education courses by going to www.courses.illinois.edu and looking at the General Education Requirements tab.
2. Look at the Academic Catalog at www.catalog.illinois.edu to see what courses are required for your major(s) of interest. Using the Academic Catalog and your DARS report, create a list of possible courses to help you explore your major(s).
3. Look at the Intercollegiate Transfer (ICT) requirements for your major(s) of interest at http://provost.illinois.edu/programs/advising/ICTTOC.html. Be sure to click on the links to the individual departments’ transfer websites off of this link as well. Are you currently meeting those transfer requirements? If not, what do you need to do to meet the transfer requirements? If you are significantly below the transfer requirements, what other majors have you considered?
4. What questions would you like to have answered in your advising appointment?
Step 3: Meet with an advisor
**Note: If your time ticket opens before you have met with an advisor, you can start Step 4 by adding courses from your lists in Step 2, Questions 1 and 2. However, it is important that you also schedule an appointment with an advisor to go over your courses and check on your progress toward your major of interest.**
Step 4: Register for classes
1. To register, log into the Self-Service system at www.courses.illinois.edu, click on Self-Service. Go to Registration and Records, Registration, and either search for classes at Look-Up or Select Classes, or type in CRN’s in the Add/Drop Classes link. 2. For a tutorial on how to use the registration system, go to www.registrar.illinois.edu/how-to-register. 3. If you encounter a registration error, consult the class schedule at www.courses.illinois.edu, as well as www.dgs.illinois.edu/registration.
DGS Policy on Missed Appointments - Revised September 2014
The Division of General Studies recognizes that there may be times when students need to reschedule their advising appointments. Students who need to reschedule or cancel an advising appointment should do so by calling 217-333-4710 or using the online appointment scheduling system at www.dgs.illinois.edu (24 hours prior to your appointment).
Not attending an academic advising appointment takes the appointment time away from other students who could have met with an advisor. Students who do not attend, cancel, or reschedule advising appointments or show up more than 10 minutes late for an appointment are considered “no-shows” which is noted in their permanent advising record. Multiple no-shows have a negative impact on students’ advising records and their ability to make changes to their schedules at the University of Illinois.
After a total of three documented no-shows in one term or multiple no-shows across terms, a registration hold will be placed on the student’s record which can only be lifted by meeting with an academic advisor in DGS.
This policy will be shared with DGS students at the start of each term.