The iSchool provides our students with a variety of opportunities, including Career Support (TechTalks, Career Fair, Field Trips, Employer Relations, Workshops), Research, Honors Program, Student Groups, Social Events, Mentor Program, Advising, Study Abroad, and so much more! We place an emphasis your holistic student experience with individualized support and development.
Quick appointments to discuss questions about the degree or coursework. Currently, all Express Meetings are being held virtually on Zoom and are offered weekly at the times below:
The Illini Union Bookstore will not be allowing individuals to shop in-store for textbooks. Please order your textbooks and course materials online and easily have them shipped directly to your residence, or have them ready to be picked up when you arrive on campus. Pick up will be held at the Illini Union, starting August 16. You can pick up your textbooks along with your PPE kit at the same time.
The Safer Illinois app provides users their personalized coronavirus-testing results and reminders of their scheduled testing, along with a display of their current testing status that will serve as one of the mechanisms to gain entry to university facilities during the pandemic. Students who do not have a smartphone and want to use the Safer Illinois app should contact the Student Assistance Center.
Whether you are going to be on-campus or remote, this guide provides the information you need about the university’s response to COVID-19. Find out about requirements, testing locations, and where to pick up your PPE.
The University of Illinois is providing all students with a free Adobe Creative Cloud license until August 1, 2021. To obtain the software, students should visit and complete the WebStore offer.
Introducing UIUC AnyWare, a service that provides optimized virtual access to over 100 software applications for students whether working on campus, remotely, or in class. It also offers a remote desktop environment allowing users to access software securely, on multiple devices and operating systems including Windows, MacOS, and Linux. Visit the link above for more information and to get started.
Tech Points is an annual event where IT departments across campus partner to provide remote one-on-one tech help. Drop by via Zoom and get assistance with your NetID, password, Wi-Fi, email, Illinois Compass, VPN, the Safer Illinois app, and more. Visit the link above for more information.
Fall 2020 Courses
We have various IS/INFO elective courses available for the Fall 2020 semester along with the courses required for the program. Visit our BS/IS website for additional details about our degree. Make sure to check the Course Explorer for Restrictions and Prerequisites on courses (some may have restrictions based on level or for a specific curriculum until a certain date).
Forms for undergraduate students currently in the School of Information Sciences (iSchool).
ACADEMIC DATES & DEADLINES
- August 24
- First day of instruction for the Fall semester and POT A courses
- Deadline for students to register for first classes without being charged $15 late fee penalty
- August 25
- August 28
- Deadline for ALL students to add a POT A course via Student Self-Service
- Deadline for ALL students to drop POT A (1st 8 week) course for refund if reducing assessment range
- Deadline to suppress directory information
- September 4 – “10th day” add/drop deadline
- Deadline to drop or reduce semester hours and receive refund if reducing assessment range for ALL students
- Deadline for UG to add a semester course via Student Self-Service
- September 5
- Official fall enrollment information transmitted to NSC for processing to NSLDS to provide loan deferment if applicable. Notification to federal loan providers should occur within 2 – 3 weeks.
- September 7
- Labor Day (all-campus holiday)
- September 18
- Deadline for UG to drop POT A (1st 8 week) course via Student Self-Service without grade of W. Students may contact their college office to request an exception by petition to the drop deadline in the case of extraordinary circumstances.
- Deadline for UG to elect credit/no credit or change credit/no credit to regular grade basis in POT A course
- Deadline for UG to file intent to use Campus Grade Replacement option in POT A course
- September 28
- Full payment due for Fall 2020 charges unless on a payment plan. Visit Pay My Bill for more information regarding payment options and due dates.
- October 13 at 2:00 PM
- Faculty deadline for reporting midterm grades for freshmen
- October 16
- Deadline for UG to drop semester course via Student Self-Service without grade of W. Students may contact their college office to request an exception by petition to the drop deadline in the case of extraordinary circumstances.
- Deadline for UG to remove incomplete grade from previous semester to prevent change to F grade
- Deadline for UG to elect credit/no credit or change credit/no credit to regular grade basis in semester course
- Deadline for UG to file intent to use Campus Grade Replacement option in semester course
- Deadline for UG to withdraw from Fall semester (drop all courses) without grade of W
- October 19
- Priority registration Time Tickets (earliest registration times) for Spring 2021 available on Student Self-Service
- POT B courses begin (non-standard courses may begin earlier or later)
- October 23
- Deadline for UG to add POT B (2nd 8 week) course
- Deadline for ALL students to drop POT B course for refund if reducing assessment range
- October 30
- Deadline to withdraw from the University and receive the minimum 40% pro-rata refund
- November 2
- Priority registration for Spring 2021 begins
- November 13
- Deadline for UG to drop POT B course via Student Self-Service without grade of W. Students may contact their college office to request an exception by petition to the drop deadline in the case of extraordinary circumstances.
- Deadline for UG to elect credit/no credit or change credit/no credit to regular grade basis in POT B course
- Deadline for UG to file intent to use Campus Grade Replacement option in POT B course
- November 21 – 29
- November 23
- Spring 2021 open registration begins for all students
- December 9
- Last day of instruction
- December 10
- Reading day (no classes, no final examinations)
- December 11–18
- December TBA at 2:00 PM
- Faculty deadline for reporting grades. Students can view final grades the following day via Student Self-Service
- January – TBA
- Transcripts on hold for Fall 2020 grades are released
- January – TBA
- Transcripts on hold for Fall 2020 degrees are released
iSchool faculty have a variety of backgrounds and interests. Read some highlights from our faculty involved with our BS/IS Undergraduate Degree and courses. Faculty Profiles
We encourage students to get involved in iSchool and campus events to build your skills, network, and professional experiences. Find more: opportunities & involvement page
Design for America
Are you interested in design thinking or human-centered design? Social impact community projects? Or do any of those words spark some interest? Then check out Design for America - University of Illinois!
Design for America at Illinois is a 501(c)3 nonprofit and student organization here on campus. We focus on tackling social challenges in our community by using the human centered design process. Our fall recruitment is happening virtually from 8/23 - 9/5 with applications due 9/6.
All majors are welcome to enjoy, no background in design thinking is necessary!
Fill our interest form for recruitment updates and check our Facebook event for our recruitment details!
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions
ACADEMIC OPPORTUNITIES & EVENTS
Minors: A minor is a coherent program of study requiring some depth in the subject, but not as extensive of a program as the major. Most minors will be comprehensive study in the discipline, rather than focusing on a narrow subfield of study. In general, minors consist of at least 16 and no more than 21 hours of coursework.
Certificates: Certificate programs typically involve fewer courses than a minor, while enabling students to develop additional knowledge in a field or subfield.
Online Learning Sessions
Join iSchool Instructional Support Specialists Lindsey Sharp and Whitney McComas and iSchool advisor Jessica Williams as they share helpful hints about engaging in your online courses this fall! You’ll get a brief intro to some of the systems you’ll encounter (Zoom & Moodle), some best practices for getting the most out of your online educational experience, and time for questions with your dedicated iSchool staff members. This session is encouraged for anyone who hasn’t taken an online iSchool course before. Register below:
Monday, August 31, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Wednesday, September 2, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Tuesday, September 8, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Thursday, September 10, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Fall 2020 Open House for Master's Degree in Library and Information ScienceFriday, September 11, 2020 | 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Central
Our 4th annual fall open house will provide prospective MS in Library and Information Science students an opportunity to interact virtually with current students, faculty, alumni, and staff members. In addition, prospective students will gain insight into the application process at the iSchool. This event will be live streamed and recorded. Please register to receive information on how to participate.
Questions? Contact Moises Orozco Villicana
Meet Assistant Dean Meg Edwards through a Virtual Session to discuss how she can support you through your academic journey in the School of Information Sciences.
Sep 10, 2020, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm | Zoom | Registration
iSchool Student Scavenger Hunt
Looking for a low-key, low-pressure way to meet folks in the iSchool? This event is for you!
We invite you to sign-up as a team of four or sign-up individually to be paired with others at the iSchool as you complete an informal scavenger hunt across campus. Please sign-up individually or in teams by September 8. We will email out the scavenger hunt list to the teams of four and assign those individuals to teams of four by September 10. If you have any questions please reach out to email@example.com!
All teams will be required to practice social distancing, wear a mask, and are asked to avoid handshakes and the use of any shared supplies.
The actual scavenger hunt will take place on September 15-17. There is no need to submit your forms, but should you photo document your experience let us know @iSchoolUI and #iSchoolUI
We hope the new academic year, with all its uncertainties, is treating you well!
SourceLab is a student-led digital humanities collective that is exploring the future of the historical record in the digital age. We organize events that look at the history and future of the past online, and also run a digital documentary editing curriculum that helps students create new digital editions of historical sources in response to the needs of researchers, teachers, students and the public at large. Our Editorial Board runs a peer-reviewed series of digital editions, also called SourceLab.
We're excited for 2020-2021 and will be holding a virtual organization and information session on Wednesday, August 26th at 4:30pm over Zoom. At that meeting you can meet some of the members of SourceLab and learn more about what we do, the events we have coming up, and how to get involved. There will be time for questions at the end. If the future of the past intrigues you, please join us!
iSchool Virtual Office Hours: Thursdays 11:30am-12:30pm
Erin Leonard, International Programs (IAGE) Coordinator for the iSchool, holds virtual office hours for iSchool students seeking information on studying abroad Thursdays from 11:30am-12:30pm. To chat with Erin during these times, use the following instructions:
- Login to your Zoom account with your Illinois NetID and password
- Click chat and search for “Erin Leonard”
- Initiate a chat with her. At that time, she can convert to video chat if requested.
Erin can also be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, via phone at 217-300-2132, or you can make an individual virtual appointment.
iSchool to assume administration of Informatics programs
Effective August 16, administration of the Illinois Informatics Institute will be transferred from the Office of the Provost to the School of Information Sciences. This will be a hosting relationship that preserves the multidisciplinary nature of the Institute’s programs, which are managed by several colleges including the iSchool.
Midwest Big Data Innovation Hub announces leadership changes
As its second year of new funding begins, there is new leadership at the Midwest Big Data Innovation Hub (MBDH), with a swap in principal investigators and the appointment of a new executive director. Catherine Blake, a co-principal investigator (PI) on the project, has moved into the PI role, while William (Bill) Gropp transitions to co-PI duties. Blake is an associate professor in the School of Information Sciences (iSchool) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with an affiliate appointment in the Department of Computer Science. At the iSchool, she serves as associate director of the Center for Informatics Research in Science and Scholarship (CIRSS) and director of the graduate programs in information management and bioinformatics.
Virtual Leadership Certificate Workshops
Virtual Leadership Training
The Illinois Leadership Center is happy to share that they now have a couple of online leadership training available for students. If needed, students are able to receive documentation as a confirmation for completing these programs. They are also offering virtual workshops for the Leadership Certificate Program. For questions or assistance, please contact email@example.com
Outside Private Scholarships
- STEM Lights Me Up Scholarship Deadline: December 31, 2020
- Technology Addiction Awareness Scholarship Deadline: January 30, 2021
- Don't Text and Drive Scholarship Deadline: September 30, 2020
- The "Branson Shows Inspired" Scholarship Deadline: October 15th, 2020
- THE CLUBS OF AMERICA Scholarship Program Deadline: August 31st, 2020
- Rover Scholarship Deadline: May 1st, 2021
- PixelPlex Bi-Annual STEM Scholarship Deadline: December 5, 2020
- 2021 National Space Club and Foundation Keynote Scholar Application Deadline: December 2, 2020
- Clutch Prep STEM Scholarship Deadline: April 30, 2021
- Lockheed Martin STEM Scholarship Program Deadline: Mar 12, 2021
- RevPart STEM Scholarship Deeadline: Dec 31, 2020
- Scholarship for Women in STEM Deadline: Jan 15, 2021
- Snapology STEM Studies Scholarship Deadline: Apr 15, 2021
- Women in STEM Scholarship/BHW Scholarship Deadline: Apr 15, 2021
- Women in STEM Scholarship/Influenster Deadline: Nov 22, 2020
- Supporting STEM Scholarship/Hoshizaki Ice Maker Deadline: Jun 30, 2021
- Cargill Global Scholars
National Deadline: February 6, 2019
The UK Summer Fulbright is for U.S. citizen freshmen and sophomores with a GPA of at least 3.7. The award fully funds a 3-4 week course at one of several summer institutes at universities across the United Kingdom.
Priority Deadline: January 4, 2021 Campus Deadline: January 19, 2021
The Boren Undergraduate Scholarship is for freshman through seniors who are U.S. citizens. The Boren provides students up to $25,000 to study abroad in Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. The applicant should have a broad interest in national security.
Campus Deadline: February 4, 2021
The Udall awards $7,000 to 60 U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or U.S. permanent residents who are sophomores or juniors committed to a career related to the environment, or to Native American sophomores or juniors interested in tribal policy or health care.
Campus Deadline: November 5, 2020
The Truman is for college juniors who are U.S. citizens pursuing graduate degrees in public service fields. The Truman awards $30,000 towards graduate studies to students with a record of community service and a commitment to a career in public service. Public service includes government, uniformed services, public interest organizations, non-governmental research or educational organizations, public and private schools, and other public service-oriented non-profit organizations.
Campus Deadline: November 30, 2020
The Goldwater is for juniors or exceptional sophomores who are current U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or resident aliens. The Goldwater awards one- or two-year $7,500 awards to students who demonstrate strong evidence of contributing to the technological advances of the U.S. Applicants should be committed to pursuing a Ph.D in the research fields of mathematics, sciences, or engineering.
Announcing the opening of the Food Assistance & Well-Being Program! We are a shopping-style food pantry providing the UIUC campus with access to nutritious food and necessities in a supportive, inclusive environment. Food Science and Human Nutrition Students will also be available to answer shopper questions and to provide resources to prepare the food.
August 25 • Tuesdays 1 - 4 p.m. and Saturdays 2 - 5 p.m. • ARC Instructional Kitchen
The new Remote.Illinois.edu website provides links, information, tools, and resources to enable a successful transition to blended or all-online teaching, learning, working, and researching at Illinois. Find helpful guides and training for online instruction. And get access to software, technology, library resources, and exam and research support.
How to Effectively Work From Home: The transition from in person to virtual classes may be difficult for some. An effective method to keep yourself focused while working from home is to set up a designated area of your home to complete your work. If possible, steer clear of your bed and set up your materials at a desk or table with a comfortable chair. We recommend setting up a designated timeframe each day to complete your work along with a checklist to keep yourself organized with upcoming deadlines, exams, and completed tasks.
Academic Support & Tutoring
Students will find a variety of Academic and Support Services on-campus and within the community. We encourage you to engage with these resources early and often. Most of these services are of no charge. Our offices are always happy to help connect you with the correct resources to ensure you are receiving support. Your academic career, professional development, and your physical and mental health is very important to us.
Campus Student Online Learning Resources: https://ops.citl.illinois.edu/for-students
iSchool COVID-19 Resources
We understand that there is uncertainty about how the University’s decision to move all classes online after spring break will affect the iSchool community. The iSchool and the University continue to provide updates and resources that you may find helpful, including the iSchool’s COVID-19 Resources wiki and the University’s COVID-19 website.
iSchool Help Desk - Tech Support
We are located on the second floor of the School of Information Sciences building. Visit us at the desk anytime 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Friday.
You can also reach us at 217-244-4903 or 800-377-1892, firstname.lastname@example.org, and on our TechChat.
Student Affairs COVID-19 Support List
Student Affairs has highlighted resources for your use. In addition, all of Student Affairs resources are listed in the table below on their website.
Counseling Center & Consultations
Students who would like to schedule a phone consultation with a counselor can call us at 217-333-3704. We soon will be offering telehealth online counseling and will communicate about that on our website once it is available.
We now are also offering brief online mental health screenings for depression, anxiety, and other common mental health concerns. These screenings are confidential and are meant to assist students have an informed conversation with their counselor--they are not intended to provide a diagnosis.
For after-hours emergencies, students who remain in the Champaign-Urbana area can reach out the Champaign County Crisis Line staffed by Rosecrance at 217-359-4141. We also have an extensive list of resources available on our website, including a listing of crisis lines throughout the United States.
Time Management Workshop
We know that this semester especially, focusing and getting tasks done on time can be difficult for students. Along with staff, a few of the Counseling Center Paraprofessionals have created a brief, online tutorial with practical tips for time management in these difficult times. The tutorial can be accessed any time on their website.
Writers Workshop Online Appointments
The Writers Workshop is open for online appointments beginning June 15! Our online appointments use a combination of video / audio, chat, and a whiteboard space to share text. The Workshop provides feedback on writing in individual consultations, hosts virtual productivity writing groups for grad and undergrad students, and offers a range of presentations, which can be requested by classes and programs.