New Student Guide

Welcome to the Information Management program!

Admissions and Records

Congratulations! Our School has recommended your admission to the University. Please accept or decline using the link provided in email as soon as possible. Early acceptance ensures prompt creation of University accounts for access to registration and other services. 

In making decisions, refer to information in this guide and on the School's web pages about course offerings, instructors, syllabi, etc. 

If you do not receive your official "Notice of Admission" from the University within a month after receiving our recommendation for admission, check your online application to see if it has been attached. If not, notify the ischool-apply [at] (Records Office).

School Technology

What to Expect Next

Please watch for email communication

  • Technology
  • Housing, Transportation, and Financial
  • Online Orientation & Advising
  • Life @ Illinois
  • Final Check-In and iSchool 101

Technology is an important part of life at our school and the University of Illinois. We make heavy use of courseware (Moodle), cloud storage (Box), community forums and mailing lists, streaming media, and other technologies. The School provides services for networking, AV needs and more.

To help you get started and hit the ground running, please review our welcome page and familiarize yourself with the different computer accounts and resources available.

You will receive instructions for claiming your NetID within your official admission communication from the Graduate College, in the link for the "Quick Guide to Graduate Life." This communication should be emailed to you within one month of your admission notification. 

If you have any technology-related questions, please contact the Help Desk.

Advising and Enrollment

As an MS/IM student you will be assigned a faculty advisor who, along with the assistant dean for student affairs, support students throughout their time in the program. Your faculty advisor and the assistant dean can assist in course selection, make referrals to other faculty, adjuncts, or other professionals, provide logistical support for registration and enrollment issues and answer any general questions about the program, profession, the school, or the Champaign-Urbana area.

More information will be provided soon about advising, registration, technology training, housing, etc. in a series of communications.

Information about the required online orientation and how to schedule your required initial advising appointment with Professor Michael Twidale, MS/IM program director or Meg Edwards, assistant dean for student affairs, will be coming soon. However, please feel free to contact them with any questions or concerns via ischool-imadvising [at], phone (217) 265-0510 (Dr. Twidale), or (217) 244-3776 (Meg Edwards).

Useful Links

Billing and Financial Aid


Tuition and Financial Aid

  • On-Campus Student Tuition (2017-2018): On-campus students are assessed tuition in credit hour ranges in Fall and Spring. Summer is assessed per credit hour.
  • On-Campus Student Fees (2017-2018): On-campus students are assessed fees (health insurance, recreation, etc.) in credit hour ranges. Fees marked with * can be waived.
  • Online Student Tuition and Fees (2017-2018): Online students are assessed tuition per credit hour in Fall, Spring and Summer.  This rate includes a $50/credit hour non-refundable administrative fee.
  • How to pay your bill


Housing is available on campus in two graduate dormitories, Sherman and Daniels Halls, and in Family Housing/University apartments. Sherman Hall is directly across the street from the iSchool building; Daniels Hall is a few blocks away. To learn more about campus housing, visit the University Housing website, famhous [at] (e-mail), or call 217-333-5656.

Apartments and other housing are available in either Champaign or Urbana. The area surrounding campus is called Campustown; much of the housing there is mainly occupied by undergraduates. Current students begin their apartment searches for the following year in the spring, but you should be able to find suitable housing even during the summer if necessary.

The Campus Tenant Union (217-333-0112), room 326 Illini Union, exists to help students with housing problems. The Tenant Union staff is willing to go over a lease once you have found a potential housing arrangement; it also keeps records of complaints against landlords and their resolution. The Tenant Union provides the Housing Explorer website for apartment search. Both the Daily Illini (the campus paper) and the News Gazette have apartment listings. Current students may also have suggestions about housing. The Champaign-Urbana Convention and Visitor's Bureau may also provide useful information (217-351-4133).

Champaign and Urbana have their own distinct characteristics, but each city includes safe housing options, restaurants, shopping, and public library facilities.

The bus system (mass transit district or MTD) is excellent and serves both cities as well as campus. You have fee-paid access to the mass transit system, so it's useful to live near a bus route. Parking on campus is difficult and expensive during the day, but it becomes readily available and mostly free after 5:00 p.m. weekdays and all day weekends. Students with cars who need to be on campus in the evenings often take the bus in, go home near 5:00 p.m. and drive back to campus.

iSchool 101

Don't forget to check out
the Current Students page!

Fall 2017 iSchool 101: Thursday, August 24th and Friday, August 25th

Other Questions

If you have specific questions about your admission, fellowship, or billing, you should first contact the designated campus office. For issues related to admission, contact Graduate and Professional Admissions. For billing inquiries, contact Student Accounts. If you need additional assistance, contact us

If you have questions that aren't covered above, don't hesitate to ask (217-333-3280 or 800-982-0914). We'll do our best to help.

Again, welcome to the Information Management program!