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Add or Drop Courses

Audit a Course

Concurrent Enrollment at UI Chicago/Springfield or Parkland

Credit/No Credit Grading Option

ENG 310 (Internships/Co-Ops)

Engineering Courses Website Landing Page

Grade Replacement Request


Overload or Underload Request

Prerequisite and Concurrent/Credit Course Enrollment

Tutorials for Course Registration

Transfer Credit

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Add or Drop Courses Timeline and Policies


View the Spring 2021 Academic Policy Changes

(Undergraduate Programs Office)

Please refer to for Range II Tuition information

In an effort to assist you the best we can during the Fall semester given the COVID-19 circumstances, we are updating a few of our ‘normal’ Undergraduate Grainger Engineering student processes for this semester. In past "normal" times, all students had a hold on their account after the 10th day of classes and if students wanted to adjust their schedule after that point, they had to use the Add/Drop portal and follow the instructions. We want to make it easier for you to make adjustments: most students will not need to make requests via the Add/Drop portal for approval.  We are here to support you. 

SPRING 2021 - Read More 

Please be aware that dropping and adding courses could affect your tuition bill. Read More

Making Changes to your schedule (how and when) - Figure out if you must use the Add-Drop Portal or if you can use Enterprise/Self-Service

  • Before the 10th day of classes (for full-semester classes) - Before the 5th day of classes (for first-half semester classes). Read More
  • After the 10th day of classes (for full-semester classes), but before Campus  Drop Deadline for full-semester courses. Read More
  • After Campus Drop Deadline, dropping a full-semester class is by petition only. Read More

Adding and dropping classes using the Add/Drop Portal - Details on How to use the Add/Drop Portal. Read More

Plan ahead! Campus Drop Deadline is a very busy time if you need approval to make changes. Read More 

FAQ. Read More

Audit a Course

Auditing a Course (including information from Part 3-305 of Student Code): Students taking a full-time schedule of courses (12 or more semester hours) may audit (visit) a class with the written permission of the instructor and approval of the Office of the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs. No credit will be given for audited classes. Laboratory, military, physical education, or studio classes may not be audited. Additional information can be obtained from the Office of the Registrar. A fee will be assessed for any student who is not full time (12 credit hours or more).

  • An auditor is a listener only and does not participate in any way in class activities.
  • No lab sections, military, non-theory kinesiology, or studio classes are allowed for audit.
  • Course auditing is forbidden for students in The Grainger College of Engineering with “dropped” status, and auditing is rarely approved for students with a probation status.
  • No credit is given for auditing; a designated grade of “AU” appears on the student transcript.

Procedure. Read More

Concurrent Enrollment at UI Chicago/Springfield or Parkland

Students who are currently enrolled at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign may want to consider enrolling in courses offered during the same semester at University of Illinois Chicago, University of Illinois Springfield, or at Parkland College. Discuss your plans for concurrent enrollment as part of your course planning with your department advisor, and verify that you have completed the necessary prerequisites prior to enrolling in courses.

Be certain, prior to registering, that you will be earning transferable credit for any course that you plan to take from another school. Use the Transferology website to verify a match between the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign course, for which for which you want transfer credit, with a similar course being offered elsewhere.

Information from the Registrar regarding concurrent enrollment can be found at:

Deadlines for submitting the Application for Concurrent Registration:

  • May 15th for summer term
  • August 15th for fall term
  • December 15th for spring term

Concurrent Enrollment at UI Chicago or UI Springfield. Read More

Concurrent Enrollment with Parkland College. Read More

Credit/No Credit Grading Option

Classes taken as credit/no credit (CR/NC) are not counted toward GPA, but they are included as part of total credit hours. The spirit of the credit/no credit option is to encourage students to explore subjects outside their major. In fact, the credit/no credit option is not allowed for University's general education requirements, courses designated by name or area by the major department for satisfying the major, minor, or field of concentration, or those specifically required by name by the college for graduation. Other requirements include that a maximum of 18 hours can be used toward the degree, and only two courses per semester can be CR/NC. Also, students who are on probation or who have a pending case in FAIR that has not been resolved may not take a course on a credit-no credit basis. Based on Section 3-105 of Student Code.

Courses that are eligible for credit/no credit option

  • Free electives (unrestricted, but not technical electives)
  • The remaining six hours of the eighteen hours of liberal education courses (beyond six hours of social and behavioral science and six hours of humanities and arts course work).
  • First two levels of courses toward meeting Foreign Language/LOTE requirement  (Note: This is because the LOTE requirement is for a “third level,” not for three classes. A student is not required to take first or second level courses as prerequisites prior to taking the third level of a language.)
  • Courses that students want to count for James Scholar requirements can NOT be taken as Credit/No Credit

Procedure and Follow up. Read More

Internships/Co-Ops for undergraduate students and ENG 310 (Internship Course)


Internships are a great way for students to apply what they are learning in class to a professional environment.

  • International undergraduate students who are graduating and doing an internship after their graduation will apply for OPT via iStart, and do not register for ENG 310.
  • International students (F-1 Visa) doing an internship prior to their graduation must register for ENG 310 and apply for CPT.
  • Non-International students may register for ENG 310. Check This: Why should I Register for ENG 310?

(international students MUST allow additional time for visa compliance purposes):

  • What to do if the semester has already started? Check Late Registration
  • What to do if I no longer need ENG 310? Let us know here. F-1 visa holders who have been approved for CPT must contact ISSS.

It is the student’s responsibility to check the rules before starting this process.

  • STEP 1Obtain the Company Offer Letter. Communicate with the company. Read More 
  • STEP 2 - Fill out the Internship Compliance Form. Check that your internship is compliant before continuing to STEP 3. Read More 
  • STEP 3 - Request the Internship Compliance Approval from your departmentRead More 
  • STEP 4 (could be done before STEP 3) -  Register for ENG 310 (no override necessary for Grainger Engineering students so you can do this prior to approvals, and drop ENG 310 if not approved) Read More 
  • STEP 5 - (for F-1 visa holders only) Obtain the CPT approval via ISSS iStart. Read More
  • STEP 6 - Completion of required ENG 310 Homework. Read More


Engineering Courses Website Landing Page

Wherever you may be studying from this upcoming semester, for any students taking Grainger College of Engineering courses, please access our engineering courses website landing page ( You can also directly access your engineering courses at where “XXXYYY” is the course rubric and number (e.g., When applicable and prompted, you might need to log-in to a course hosting platform, such as Compass 2G, to access the material. Please note that if you have recently registered for a course, it may take up to 48 hours for their access to a Compass 2G site to get activated

Grade Replacement Request

Background and Guidelines

All undergraduate students can repeat courses and use the new grade to replace the grade they earned in the first attempt. The benefit to doing this is to recalculate the cumulative GPA, excluding the grade for the first attempt; however, your transcript will still show that you have taken the course, and it will show the grade for each. For additional information, see the Registrar’s information on the Campus Grade Replacement Policy (

Students must file their intent to use Grade Replacement according to the Campus Grade Replacement policy (, by the deadline. This is for ethical reasons.

The following are the guidelines in which students can Grade Replace. Read More

Steps to Request a Grade Replacement. Read More

Steps to Rescind a Grade Replacement. Read More

There might be many other questions you have about Grade Replacement; please read the Frequently Asked Questions document


hold on your record prevents you from registering for classes, adding or dropping classes, or changing class sections.  If you encounter a hold unexpectedly, there is some issue that you need to take care of.  Pay attention to the type of the hold; this will tell you who to see to resolve the issue and get the hold removed. 

An advising hold (AH) may be placed on any student's record if Undergraduate Programs or your department finds it necessary to meet with the student regarding degree status and/or their academic program.  If you have an advising hold, check first with your department advising office .

College Hold (CH) requires that you meet with a dean in the Undergraduate Programs Office before making any change in your current course schedule or advance registering for the next semester.  If you have a college hold, come to 206 Engineering Hall, 8:30 am to 11:45am and 1pm to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday, or phone us at 217/333-2280. 

Holds may also be placed by the Registrar's office for financial issues (unpaid bills) and other reasons. 

Overload or Underload Request

Overloads (more than 18 hours or coursework in fall/spring and more than 9 hours in summer) and underloads (fewer than 12 hours in fall/spring) require college approval per the Student Code (see All requests require careful review by Grainger Engineering advising staff. Petitions for overload or underload are made by using an online web form, as detailed below, beginning the 9th week of the previous semester and during preregistration.

The Request Portal opens on the first day of registration for that term.
Requests must be submitted to the College by the following deadlines: 

  • August 15 for Fall Semesters

  • December 31 for Spring Semesters

  • May 15 for Summer Terms

All students are expected to plan each semester and anticipate their possible wish/need for overload or underload during preregistration for the following semester (the semester under review for Overload/Underload).

Overloads. Read More

Underloads (Fall 2021). Read More

Oops! It Is After The Deadline AND I Forgot; WHAT DO I DO? 

  • Late Requests for an Overload initiated after the posted deadline will be done via the "Add/Drop" portal which opens after the 10th day of classes (fall and spring only). No exceptions will be made.
  • Late Requests for an Underload: Students who are required to make an underload request and who missed the deadline or need to make an adjustment for an Underload request should meet with an Undergraduate Programs Advisor. Please note that:

    1. During the first 10 days of classes, the Undergraduate Programs Office has very high traffic and Records Staff might not be able to check with you in person whether you qualify for Underload or not, so we may not be able to handle your request in time.

    2. Making any Underload request after the 5th day of classes may impact tuition, without any possibility for adjustment.

Prerequisite and Concurrent/Credit Course Enrollment

In order to ensure that you are prepared to succeed in your courses, prerequisites and concurrent registration requirements will begin to be enforced for The Grainger College of Engineering courses through the Enterprise/Self-Service System in addition to checks that your department conducts.  It is up to the discretion of the College and departments which courses will have prerequisites enforced via Enterprise/Self-Service. With a few exceptions, these are only Engineering courses at the 100-300 level.

Enforcement of prerequisites falls within the boundaries of the Student Code and The Office of the Registrar's policies. Please note that all courses with cross-listed courses will have prerequisites enforced. If you have questions regarding this in reference to a specific course, please contact the department offering the course. The College and departments highly recommend planning your course schedule a few semesters ahead, by using departmental maps and Course Explorer to check prerequisites, in addition to semester meetings with your departmental academic advisor to ensure you are taking the courses in an appropriate sequence.

The table of current courses in which prerequisites are enforced via Self-Service is below:

AE 202, 311, 312, 321, 323, 352, 353

BIOE 201, 202, 205, 206, 210, 302, 303, 306, 310, 360, 380, 414, 415, 420, 435, 436, 460, 476, 479, 487

CEE 201, 202, 300, 310, 320, 330, 340, 350, 360, 380

CS 101, 126, 128, 173, 210, 211, 222, 225, 233, 240, 241, 242,277, 357, 361, 374

ECE 205, 206, 210, 211, 220, 304, 307, 310, 311, 313, 314, 329, 330, 333, 340, 342, 343, 350, 365, 374, 380, 385, 391, 395, 414, 415, 444

IE 300, 310, 361, 370

ME 200, 270, 310, 320, 330, 340, 360, 370, 371

MSE 206, 280, 304, 307, 308, 401

NPRE 201, 247

PHYS 211, 212, 213, 214, 225, 246, 325, 326

SE 310, 311, 312, 320
TAM 210, 211, 212, 251, 252, 270, 324, 335

Attempts to register for courses without having met prerequisites will yield the following message “Course Prerequisite and/or Test Score Error – Contact Course Department”

When using Classic Registration:

When using Enhanced Registration:


If you receive this message, first check Course Explorer ( to ensure you have satisfied the prerequisite(s) for taking the course. If you have not taken the prerequisite course(s), please contact your academic advisor in your home department to discuss an academic plan that will satisfy the prerequisite(s) in the upcoming semester.  If you are still needing an override, please complete the following steps to request an override.


Step 1: Request Approval via the online petition that goes to the department offering the course. You should click on the link for the department in which the course you are seeking a prerequisite override is in (See table below). For example, if you are a CS student requesting a prerequisite override for an ECE course, you should click on the link for Request an override for an ECE course. When submitting your request, you will need to sign in using your Illinois login and select Prerequisite Override Request in the Petition Type drop down menu.

Step 2: You will receive communication from the department offering the course within 5 business days with either an approval or a denial. If approved, you can then register for the course. Please know that requests made between December 24 - January 1st will be reviewed starting January 2, 2020.

Important notes:

You may only submit ONE course per request, but you may submit several requests for the same semester (i.e. don't combine requests for ECE 206 and TAM 210 in one request; rather, submit a separate request for ECE 206 and a separate request for TAM 210).

Please be patient once you submit a request, as you can not submit a petition for the same course in the same semester until a decision is made on your original request.

If you are submitting a screenshot for documentation, please ensure it includes your name, registration in the course, as well as the institution the course is being taken at.

Acceptable reasons to request an override include:

    • Taking prerequisite course not at the University of Illinois.
    • Taking prerequisite course over winter OR summer break
    •  Already took the prerequisite course but it isn’t yet transferred or showing up in the University of Illinois system yet
    •  Received written curriculum modification approval for one or more of the selected course prerequisites from the offering department.
    • Taking or already took prerequisite course while studying abroad.

Finally, if you are taking a course this semester, which is a prerequisite for a course you plan to take next semester, you will be allowed to register for that course. For example, if you register for MATH 241 during the summer term at UIUC, you will be able to register for a course in which MATH 241 is a prerequisites for in the fall. NO override is needed. However, if you do not pass the prerequisite course this semester, you will be removed from the course in which you do not meet the prerequisites prior to the start of the semester. In the event you are removed from a prerequisite course, it is your responsibility to adjust your semester accordingly within the 10-day add-drop period at the beginning of the term, while maintaining at least 12 credit hours. **Please note that an Incomplete grade in a prerequisite course must be resolved before prerequisite overrides are granted. Exceptions may be made for cases where a passing final course grade is certain at the time of the request.**

Tutorials for Course Registration

In an effort to help you with Course Registration, you can review the relevant videos below:

Transfer Credit

Course with Pre-Defined Equivalents at Illinois. Read More

Course Without Pre-Defined Illinois Equivalents. Read More

Course with no current articulation or non-transferable course. Read More

Actually Transferring the Credit

After you've completed the course: To have credit from another institution evaluated for transfer to Illinois, you'll need to submit a transcript from the transfer institution to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Information regarding where to send transcripts is available online at the Office of the Registrar's website.

Other Forms of Outside Credit Toward Degree Completion

Please contact The Grainger College of Engineering Undergraduate Programs Office at if you have questions.

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