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Typical First Semester Schedule

Please download the COURSE SELECTION WORKSHEET to help plan your fall semester courses. Before registering, you will discuss appropriate fall courses with an advisor. Your first-semester schedule should consist of the courses below:

Hours

Course

Placement

Notes

0

ENG 100 (Engineering Orientation)


THIS IS MANDATORY

0-2

Department Orientation / Introductory Course(*)


Department Intro courses

4-5

Mathematics

Math placement

Want to retake the placement test? Try a refresher first.

4

Science


3-4

Composition and/or Department Intro course

Department Intro courses

3-4

Exploration course or liberal education

Foreign Language/LOTE placement

1-3

Enrichment course / Freshman elective


14-16 hrs (**)

(total)



(*) Students in majors without a designated gateway course will take an additional General Education course.
(**) Remember that 15 hours credit feels like having a job and half (about 60 hours per week, studying, going to class, etc) for 99% of students.

Useful and More

  • Registration tips. Common problems when registering and troubleshooting.
  • Proficiency exams can give you credit for courses. If you think you know the material for a course, feel free to attempt the proficiency test - it's free. Just Google the test you want to take, e.g. "math proficiency uiuc" or "cs 125 proficiency uiuc."
  • Suggested Sequence (click on your major and scroll down) for second semester and beyond. Always consult an adviser before you register for classes!
  • Course Explorer for fall 2017.

Things to Do When you Come to Campus in the Fall

  • What was I really given credit for? Am I missing anything? Do I need to adjust my schedule?
    A few days before the semester starts, generate YOUR degree progress report (known as "DARS" soon to become "u.achieve")
  • Come to Launch (Noon-2pm, Saturday, August 26, 2017)
  • Come to Quad Day (Noon-4pm, August 27, 2017)
  • Classes start August 28!
  • Online Advisees will need to get their i-card when coming in August (on-campus advised students can get i-card while here for summer registration). Simply visit the university i-card center.
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