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Welcome to GradMAP

Hello Graduate Student,

The Graduate College welcomes you to Illinois! We are glad you are joining our diverse community of emerging scholars, researchers, creators and leaders who, through their pursuit of graduate education, are impacting lives around the globe. 

GradMAP is a monthly publication specifically for new graduate students to help you navigate your own journey, particularly in the first year. It highlights important and timely resources, guiding you through some of the common experiences in graduate school. If you have a question not addressed in in GradMAP, you can always reach out to the Graduate College at

On behalf of the Graduate College, here is a special welcome message from our Dean.

Campus Spotlight
How the Graduate College can help you

What is the Graduate College? How can we help you? Check out this quick video overview about Graduate College resources and services.

Grad School Lingo
Registration Terms

Are you registered for the courses you are attending and attending the courses you are registered for?

Register for classes by the 10th day, September 10, 2018. The Registrar has developed a registration checklist and a series of step-by-step guides to lead you through the online registration tool and answer common questions.

Add refers to adding a course to your schedule. Courses can be added during the Add period of each term without additional approvals.

Drop refers to removing or “dropping” a course from your schedule. When you drop a course by the drop deadline for the term, it will not show up on your transcript. If you drop by the deadline to drop with a W, the course will appear with a W recorded which does not impact GPA calculations.

Withdrawing from the term means withdrawing from all courses during the term.

Cancellation of registration occurs when a student who has registered for a future term decides not to attend and completes the cancellation process before the term begins.

For more details on these registration options and deadlines, see the Student Code and the Graduate College Handbook.

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