Assignments are completed based on the UIS Application for Student Housing and Housing Deposit submission dates. First-year and Sophomore students are required to live on campus in one of the UIS residence halls.

Step 3

New and Continuing First-Year Students

Sign up for UIS student orientation (Summer & Fall 2024 opens March 1; Spring 2024 now open)

Why attend Orientation? Get:

  • Registered for classes
  • Your schedule
  • Your university ID
  • Acquainted with your classmates
  • Oriented to the 746 acre campus
  • Connected to the services, resources and opportunities that will comprise your Prairie Star experience

Sign up for a session on your application status page. Sessions fill up fast. See future orientation dates to help you plan.

Transfer and Graduate Students

Advising, Degree Audits, and Getting registered for classes

Transfer students can view their Degree Audit to see how all their classes transferred. All transfer and graduate students should contact an advisor in their program to discuss courses prior to registering.

Course Schedules & Descriptions are online, too, and it's where you will find your courses and the times and days they are offered. Visit registration, click "Course Schedule" or "Catalog". The catalog is where we store course descriptions.

Course registration at UIS is done online. After you have set up your account, you can sign on to the student information system to register. Email Records/Registration at if you need assistance. Summer and fall registration begins in April, and spring registration begins in November.

Step 4

Schedule your placement tests

UIS offers placement testing services to determine the most appropriate class placement for students. Students who do not have a standardized test score are required to take the Math and English placement tests, while those with a standardized test score may need to take placement exams prior to registering for their first courses. The ACCUPLACER Math & Reading Placement Exams are administered by the Office of Testing Services, and can be taken in person or remotely. To schedule your placement exam, please contact Testing Services at or call 217-206-8114.

Step 5

Prepare for your placement tests

Step 6

Submit your Photo online for your i-card (university ID card)

MyPhotoSubmit allows eligible students to upload their own photo for their i‐card. If you prefer, you can still have your photo taken on campus for your i-card.

Complete Steps 7 & 8 on your application status page

Step 7

First-year and First-year Transfers - Complete your advising preferences

Submit pre-orientation preferences form on your application status page at least one week prior to orientation.

Step 8

File your immunizations: Due 3 weeks before start of classes the semester you enroll)

All students enrolled in on-campus courses must provide proof of immunization prior to attendance. Have your physician or former educational institution send your records to UIS (Attn: Campus Health Service) or upload them on the application status page.

Complete the required immunization information form and upload/mail/fax your immunization records on your application status page. Failure to complete this will result in a $35 non-compliance fee and a registration hold which will prevent class registration on your account in future semesters.

Complete Steps 9-12 if applicable

Step 9

Get assistance with disability services

If you have a documented disability, visit the Office of Disability Services (Human Resources Building 80), to receive appropriate forms to complete and receive support. For alternative format textbooks, notify the office ASAP. For additional information please call 217-206-6666 voice; 217-206-6668 TDD; or email

Step 10

Health Insurance

All students are required to have health insurance and will be automatically enrolled in a group insurance program. Students enrolled exclusively in on-line classes are not eligible to participate in the group insurance program.

If you already have insurance, complete an online waiver and provide proof of private insurance to waive the health insurance fee. Apply for the waiver no earlier than one week before classes. For more details about the insurance plan, the waiver and the deadline, please e-mail, or call 217-206-6676, or click the link below.

Step 11

Purchase Your Parking Pass

Apply for, and purchase, hangtags online, after the following dates, depending on entry term.

  • Fall - August 1
  • Spring - January 5
  • Summer - May 15

Vehicle license plate number, make, model, year and color is required to complete the online hang tag application. Once the tag is purchased online, visit Parking Operations (Business Services Building 43) with a photo ID to pick pass(es) up.

Step 12

Get Your Books

Our bookstore is located in the Public Affairs Center (PAC). Books for each semester are normally available three weeks prior to the start of classes. You can buy your books online at and have them shipped to your home or pick them up at the bookstore. Visit the bookstore website for all of your options.

Step 13

Get a campus job

Need a part-time job? Log in to the UIS CareerConnect Job Board once you have enrolled in classes.

Step 14

Pay Your Bill

Students receive notification each month to their university e-mail address when their current bill is available to view. No paper bills are mailed. You can access your student account using the University of Illinois System University Bursar self-service.

For more information about billing, due dates, payment options, and refunds, visit University Bursar at