New Student Guide (On-campus)

Welcome to the iSchool!

Admissions and Records

The School has recommended your admission to the University. Please accept or decline using the link provided in your admission acceptance 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, assistantships available, 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).


What to Expect Next

Please watch for email communication

  • Technology
  • Housing and Financial Aid
  • Advising
  • Life at Illinois
  • Orientation and more!

Technology is an important part of life at the iSchool and the University of Illinois. We make heavy use of courseware, electronic bulletin boards and mailing lists, wikis, streaming media and other technologies. The School also has its own computer labs for students and provides services for networking, file storage, 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.

Please note that you will receive an e-mail as soon as your Net ID is available with instructions for claiming it. Your NetID is the key for setting up and accessing other accounts covered in the Accounts and Passwords section of our website, including the Enterprise account used to register for classes. Remember: you will not be able to access resources such as your Illinois email account and the iSchool intranet until you take the steps necessary to activate those accounts with your Net ID.

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

Advising and Enrollment

The iSchool employs a centralized advising team to support students throughout their tenure in the program. Our advisors can assist in course selection; make referrals to 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. Please contact the advising team to set up your required advising appointment.

All new students are required to attend an online orientation.  Details about these (four are scheduled) can be found on the calendar (see "Online Orientation") These will begin November 22 and run through early January. Students must also schedule an initial required advising appointment. Please contact the advising team ischool-advising [at] to set up this appointment and let the know if you have any questions.

  • The Graduate College calendar gives deadlines for registration, adds, drops, etc.  
  • Please notify the ischool-apply [at] (Records Office) if you took a course as a nondegree student with us so we can ensure the community credit attribute has been removed from your record and a valid time-ticket is assigned. A valid time-ticket is needed in order to register for classes.

M/LIS Students

MS/LIS students are not assigned faculty advisors, but are encouraged to seek out course and professional advice from our core and adjunct faculty and seek guidance and support from the advising team, Karla Lucht and Colin Van Orman.

CAS Students

CAS students are assigned faculty advisors. Please refer to the faculty bios for more information on your advisor. If you have not been assigned an advisor, please contact ischool-apply [at] (Student Affairs) as soon as possible. 

*CAS in Digital Libraries students - please refer to the CAS in Digital Libraries resource page for specific degree requirements. 

MS in Bioinformatics Students

Bioinformatics students are assigned faculty advisors. Please refer to the faculty bios for more information on your advisor. If you have not been assigned a faculty advisor, please be in touch with ischool-apply [at] (Student Affairs) as soon as possible.

Useful Links

Billing and Financial Aid

Tuition and Financial Aid

  • Tuition (2016-2017): On-campus students are assessed tuition in credit hour ranges in Fall and Spring. Summer is assessed per credit hour.
  • Fees (2016-2017): On-campus students are assessed fees (health insurance, recreation, etc.) in credit hour ranges. Fees marked with * can be waived.
  • 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 tenant [at] (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 hosts the Housing Explorer which allows students to search for apartments, review complaint records and schedule your lease review! Also, review important information regarding landlord tenant rights  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 mass transit system (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.


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

The Spring 2017 new student orientation is scheduled for Friday, January 13 (time TBA). It will be in the iSchool building, 501 E. Daniel Street, Champaign, IL. (Details TBA.) Please plan on attending and staying for lunch which will be served directly after the session.

Spring classes begin Tuesday, January 17.

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 issues related to fellowships, contact the Graduate College Fellowship Office (209 Coble Hall, 801 S. Wright Street, Champaign or 217-333-0036). 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 iSchool!