Effective Fall 2025, DGS will become the Division of Exploratory Studies. Same mission; new name.


We are excited to meet you at New Student Registration! Whether we see you on-campus or virtually, the information below will be helpful as you begin your DGS journey at Illinois. Our purpose is to help you find yours and we can't wait to get started!


Students MUST complete the following six items BEFORE their advising appointment:


Students should view this before their advising appointment to gain an understanding of academic requirements, advising in DGS, and how DGS will support you during your time at the University of Illinois. 


Be sure to indicate majors of interest, all AP exams taken, and any previous credit you may have earned. It's okay if you change your mind on majors or forget to add something. Just be sure to tell your academic advisor when you see them! 


A list of popular courses for first-year students. You should download this, fill it out and bring to your advising appointment.


DGS students are minimally required to complete the Math and Chemistry placement exams, regardless of your major interests. There's no way to fail these exams. They are an advising tool so we can help you get started in courses. Just make sure you take your time and log in from a computer. 


Access “NetID and Computing” through the Admitted Student Checklist.


If you are attending New Student Registration virtually, you'll need to download Zoom. Be sure to practice screen sharing ahead of time. 

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Click on the following links for information on DGS programs that you may be part of:

James Scholar Program Handout - Information for undeclared students admitted into the DGS James Scholar honors program for fall 2024. 

 MERIT Program - For students with interests in STEM majors who have been invited. 


Course Registration Information

How To Register Using Enhanced Registration

View this to understand how to use the Illinois Registration system.

Registering for Your Courses

Tips on registering for your courses online, general education requirements and common error messages.

Resources For Family Members

DGS Welcome & College Meeting 

Hear from our Director, Sarah Watson, and learn how advising works in DGS and how we'll support your student.

DGS Family Newsletter 

Sign up to receive a newsletter full of information about how to support your undeclared student. The DGS Family Newsletter will be sent 2-3 times a semester. 


Family Resources

Browse through additional resources for parents and family members and find helpful tips and strategies. Here, you can also view all past DGS family newsletters.


Student Resources

Advising in DGS

Learn how academic advising works in the Division of General Studies.

Course Explorer

A schedule of classes by term, a database of general education course, and access to popular course resources.

Course Registration Resources

Additional tips on course registration provided by the Office of the Registrar.

Declaring your Major

Procedures and requirements for declaring majors at UIUC.  DGS students will be able to declare after your first year of college if you have met major requirements.

Exploring UIUC Majors

Explore all 150 majors at UIUC with the DGS Major Handbook.

International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS)

If you are an international student, visit the ISSS website for information regarding your arrival on campus.

Tutoring Resources

A listing of the many tutoring resources available to students.