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Deadlines and Policies
Fall Registration Reminders and Upcoming Deadlines

Please make sure to double check your registration at the beginning of the semester to avoid problems with registration and unwanted tuition charges later. Students are responsible for their own registration and for ensuring the accuracy of their schedules. Please refer to the Graduate College Handbook for details about requirements. If you have questions about requirements, please contact your Department office.

August 24: Last business day to cancel fall registration and receive a 100% refund (Withdrawal/Cancellation Form Required)

August 26: Last day to cancel registration via Self-Service and receive a 100% refund

August 31: Last day to add a Part of Term A course via Self-Service or to drop a Part of Term A course and receive a refund if reducing assessment range

September 10:

  • Last day to submit a form to elect to audit a semester course
  • Last day to submit a form to elect to register “in Absentia
  • Last day to add a semester course via Self-Service
  • Last day to add a Part of Term A course (late registration form and department approval required)
August Graduates

Please make sure that you are not registered for the Fall 2018 semester so that you do not face unwanted tuition and fees charges. If you are registered and are not continuing in another program, cancel your registration by the August 26 deadline.

Change in Curriculum Deadline

Friday, October 26 is the last day to change your curriculum for the current term. This includes adding or dropping a campus approved minor or concentration. Please check your student program information in Self-Service to verify your program information is listed correctly. Information on how to change your curriculum is available online. Please contact with any questions.

For more important dates and deadlines, view our calendar.

Your Career and Professional Development
Drop-In Career Consultations Available Tomorrow

Mondays, 1 - 3 p.m., Coble Hall

Want some quick feedback on your resume or CV? Have a question about your job search? Every Monday this summer (from May 14 to August 20), you can stop by Coble Hall for a 10-minute consultation with a Graduate College career development specialist. Bring hard copies of any documents you want to discuss and check in at the first-floor reception desk. If you’d prefer, you can make a 30-minute career advising appointment at this link.

Thesis Tips
Start Developing a Semester Routine

With the beginning of the school year quickly approaching, start developing a semester routine to maximize your time. Use a planner or online calendar to map out regularly occurring events, such as class, work, labs, writing groups, etc. Then, schedule your studying and writing for the part of the day that you are most productive. Finally, don’t forget to factor in breaks and social activities!

Need thesis help? Check out the resources available year-round from the Thesis Office.

Your Research and Teaching
Register for Fall CITL Workshops

The fall schedule of workshops for the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (CITL) is now available online and workshops begin this week. Registration is open for workshops on topics such as: 

  • Compass2g: The Essentials
  • Compass2g: Special Topics (Group Projects, Online Tests, Large Class Management)
  • i>clicker: The Essentials
  • An Emerging Technology Hands-on series

View the full calendar of workshops online.

2018-2019 IPRH Reading Groups Announced

Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities (IPRH) is pleased to announce the Reading Groups for the 2018–2019 academic year. Groups meet regularly throughout the year and may organize public events on topics of interest to a broad range of disciplines. View the full list of faculty and graduate student reading groups on the IPRH website.

Enter the Data Visualization Competition

Do you like to transform data into knowledge? Do you make graphs, infographics, or interactive dashboards? Show off your work! Enter your best data visualization for a chance to win $500. Visit for more information and to submit. Questions can be sent to

Software Carpentry Workshop: Bash, Python, and Git

Thursday, September 6 - Friday, September 7, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., National Center for Supercomputing Applications, room 1040


This hands-on workshop will cover basic concepts and tools, including program design, version control, data management, and task automation. Participants will be encouraged to help one another and to apply what they have learned to their own research problems.


GradLINKS is distributed weekly to graduate students and staff who work with graduate students. Please see our website for submission information

If you will need disability-related accommodations in order to participate in any of the programs or events listed in GradLINKS, please email the contact person for the event. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet your access needs.