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The iSchool provides our students with a variety of opportunities, including Career Support (TechTalks, Career Fair, Field Trips, Employer Relations, Workshops), ResearchHonors ProgramStudent GroupsSocial EventsMentor ProgramAdvising, Study Abroad, and so much more! We place an emphasis your holistic student experience with individualized support and development.


Room 104 School of Information Sciences
501 E. Daniel St., Champaign - Corner of 5th and Daniel

All advising appointments will be conducted by Zoom or phone, until further notice. 


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:






Tony Torres


10:30am-11:30am Melissa Newell



Tony Torres



Melissa Newell



Tony Torres



Several departments of the University of Illinois are considering a proposal to create an undergraduate minor in Game Studies & Design.  This program would require 18 credit hours of coursework, including 9 credit hours of elective courses in a wide variety of fields including media, fine arts, humanities, information science, education, computer science, and more.  We would like to know about your interest in such a minor. You will have a chance to win one of 25 $20 Amazon gift cards by responding to the following survey.



The University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign offers many short-format courses over the winter break. Courses are rigorous but manageable and include many general education courses. The online winter term allows you to continue your education, persist toward graduation, and learn  valuable skills such as time management and goal setting. Courses are taught by Illinois faculty and are offered to University of Illinois at  Urbana-Champaign undergraduate students and non-degree students from around the globe.  Undergraduate students are limited to taking one winter session course.


The Uplift is a monthly blog that highlights themes and resources for supporting student wellbeing at the iSchool and is managed by Student Affairs. Have an idea or contribution for the Uplift? Email Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, Meg Edwards, mbedward@illinois.edu to share your contribution!

New MEDIA Minors!

Faculty Office Hours Fall 2020 for iSchool Faculty

Campus Activities

Check out go.illinois.edu/activities for calendars and links with information to learn more about all the activities you can see and do. 

iSchool Building Access

The iSchool building will be open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Please enter through the arched doorway located near the School's building sign, where a Wellness Support Associate will be located to monitor compliance with University testing requirements, verified by viewing an access permission on the Illinois app or a copy of negative COVID-19 test results dated no more than four days prior to entering the building. Access outside of these hours and on weekends will not be available for BS and MS students. Exceptions for MS students with employment appointments are subject to supervisor approval. Use of the building outside of these hours by approved MS students with employment appointments for purposes other than work and/or assisting other students to enter will result in the loss of building usage privileges for the Fall term.

    • Please refer to Fall 2020 iSchool Building Usage Guidelines_Students for detailed information about building usage: https://uofi.box.com/s/mqumqrd2svsq760buootgt80jp4bmq5o . These guidelines are subject to change as additional information is received from campus. 
    • All other entrances will be locked.
    • Students will enter the building only through the arched doorway located near the School's building sign. 
    • Students who need an accessible entrance should notify Assistant Dean for Student Affairs Meg Edwards (mbedward@illinois.edu) for accommodations. 
    • No Non-University affiliated visitors will be allowed in the iSchool building. 
    • All students in the building at 4:30pm will be asked to leave by iSchool staff who are responsible for closing the building. Please be cooperative upon receiving a request to leave.


WellTrack is designed to help you track your moods and teach you about techniques to effectively manage challenging emotions and situations. To access the WellTrack:

To access the WellTrack:

  • Download the app from Google Play or the App Store.
  • Once in the WellTrack app, enter your Illinois email address and click Continue.
  • Agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy and click Sign In.
  • Enter your university NetID and password and click Login.
  • In the resulting screen, click Done (located bottom left).
  • You can also access the WellTrack via the web at WellTrack.com with your Illinois email and password.

Counseling Center Events

  • InterConnect Dinner and Dialogue Series
  • Domestic Violence Awareness Month Programming
  • Tuesday @ 7
  • Latinx Healing Collective Workshops
  • Expressive Arts Drop-In Workshop
  • Time Management Workshop
  • In Focus Workshops
  • Perfectionism Workshops
  • RIO Online Workshops
  • Drop-In Mindfulness Workshops
  • Mindwise Mental Health Screenings Provide Quick, Confidential Check-Ups

Coursera for University Students Program: Enrollment Deadline 10/31

The Urbana-Champaign campus is now participating in the Coursera for University and College Students Program. Offered for a limited time as a response to increased course demand due to COVID-19, the program enables University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign faculty, staff and students free access to content from Coursera’s other academic and industry partners.

University of Illinois students, faculty and staff continue to have access to all Illinois course offerings on the Coursera platform. This unique, short-term program offers additional free access to courses from other Coursera partner institutions.

The option to sign up for courses offered through the program closes October 31 and the deadline to complete courses is December 31.

 The following link will provide users with an @illinois.edu email domain access:


Users with an active @illinois.edu email addresses should be able join this program by authenticating through Shibboleth. Please contact Anna Mehl (annamehl@illinois.edu) with questions.


BS/IS Degree Requirements
Find the courses required for the degree in this section of our website, or look at our Pathways.


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).


Student Forms
Forms for undergraduate students currently in the School of Information Sciences (iSchool).


Fall 2020 Academic Calendar

  • October 30
    • Deadline to withdraw from the University and receive the minimum 40% pro-rata refund
  • November 3
    • Election Day (all-campus holiday) - no classes
  • November 13
    • Deadline for Uundergrad 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 Uundergrad to elect credit/no credit or change credit/no credit to regular grade basis in POT B course
    • Deadline for Uundergrad to file intent to use Campus Grade Replacement option in POT B course
  • November 16
    • Priority registration Time Tickets (earliest registration times) for Winter and Spring 2021 available on Student Self-Service
  • November 21 – 29
    • Fall Break
  • November 30
    • Beginning this date, Fall 2020 instruction and final exams will utilize alternative delivery methods.
    • Priority registration for Winter and Spring 2021 begins
  • December 9
    • Last day of instruction
  • December 10
    • Reading day (no classes, no final examinations)
      • Winter and Spring 2021 open registration begins for all other students
  • December 11–18
    • Final examination period
  • December 23 at 2:00 PM
    • Faculty deadline for reporting grades.  Students can view final grades the following day via Student Self-Service
  • January 11
    • Transcripts on hold for Fall 2020 grades are released
  • January 26
    • Transcripts on hold for Fall 2020 degrees are released

Winter 2020-2021 Academic Calendar

Spring 2021 Academic Calendar

  • November 6, 2020
  • November 16, 2020
    • Priority registration Time Tickets (earliest registration times) for Spring 2021 available on Student Self-Service
  • November 30 – December 9, 2020
    • Priority registration times open for Spring 2021
  • December 10, 2020
    • Open registration begins for all students
  • January 16
    • Spring tuition and fee charges first appear on student accounts
  • January XX-February XX – TBD
  • January 17
    • University residence halls open for spring semester
  • January 24
    • 11:59 PM CST Deadline to cancel registration (dropping all Spring 2021 classes) for full reversal of tuition and campus fees for classes scheduled in a regular semester.  For non-standard course offerings, deadline to cancel is the last day prior to instruction.
  • January 25
    • First day of instruction for Spring POT 1 and POT A courses
    • Deadline for students to register for first classes without being charged $15 late fee penalty
  • January 26
  • January 29
    • Deadline for Undergrads to add a POT A course
    • Deadline for ALL students to drop a POT A (1st 8 week) course for a refund if reducing assessment range
  • February 5 – Full semester add/drop deadline
    • Deadline to drop or reduce POT 1 (full semester) hours and receive refund if reducing assessment range for ALL students
    • Deadline for UG to add a POT 1 (full semester) course
    • Deadline to withdraw from ALL classes and receive an approximate 90% refund for full semester classes
  • February 12
    • Deadline to withdraw from ALL classes and receive an approximate 80% refund for full semester classes
  • February 17
    • Break – no instruction day
  • February 19
    • Deadline for UG to drop a 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
  • February 26
    • Deadline to withdraw from ALL classes and receive an approximate 70% refund for full semester classes
  • February 28
    • Full payment due for Spring 2021 charges unless on a payment plan.  Visit Pay My Bill for more information regarding payment options and due dates.
  • March 12
    • Deadline to withdraw from ALL classes and receive an approximate 60% refund for full semester classes
  • March 16 at 2:00 PM
    • Faculty deadline for reporting midterm grades for freshmen
  • March 19
    • Deadline for UG to drop POT 1 (full 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 file intent to use Campus Grade Replacement option in a POT 1 course
    • Deadline for UG to elect credit/no credit or change credit/no credit to regular grade basis in POT 1 (full semester) course
    • Deadline for UG to withdraw from Spring 2021 semester(drop all courses) without grade of W
    • Deadline to withdraw from ALL classes and receive an approximate 50% refund for full semester classes
  • March 22
    • Priority registration Time Tickets (earliest registration times) for Summer and Fall 2021 available on Student Self-Service
    • POT B courses begin (non-standard courses may begin earlier or later)
  • March 24
    • Break – no instruction day
  • March 26
    • Deadline for UG to add POT B (2nd 8 week) course
    • Deadline for ALL students to drop POT B (2nd 8 week) course for refund if reducing assessment range
  • April 2
    • Deadline to withdraw from the university and receive the minimum approximate 40% refund
  • April 5
    • Priority registration for Summer and Fall 2021 begins
  • April 13
    • Break – no instruction day
  • April 16
    • Deadline for UG to drop POT B (2nd 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 B course
    • Deadline for UG to file intent to use Campus Grade Replacement option in POT B course
  • April 26
    • Open registration begins for Summer and Fall 2021
  • May 3
    • Final grade entry enabled for instructors in Faculty Self-Service
  • May 5
    • Last day of instruction
  • May 6
    • Reading day (no classes, no final examinations)
  • May 7–14
    • Final examination period
  • May 15
    • Degree conferral and campus-wide commencement
  • May 21 at 2:00 PM
    • Faculty deadline for reporting grades
  • May 22
    • Students may view final Spring 2021 grades via Student Self-Service
  • June 1
    • Transcripts on hold for Spring 2021 grades will be released
  • June 23
    • Transcripts on hold for Spring 2021 degrees will be released

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 ell3@illinois.edu, via phone at 217-300-2132, or you can make an individual virtual appointment.


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

iSchool instructors ranked as excellent
Forty-one iSchool instructors were named in the University's List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent for Spring 2020. 


We encourage students to get involved in iSchool and campus events to build your skills, network, and professional experiences. Find more: opportunities & involvement page

Registered Student Organizations (RSO) Database

CBSU’s mission is to promote a sense of unity and support for all Black students. We aim to unite, serve, and assist students through the Black Student Unions in the residence halls, as well as to uplift supporting organizations and the campus-wide Black community.


PERMIAS UIUC or commonly known as the Indonesian Students Club (ISC) is an Indonesian community in the heart of Urbana - Champaign. We strive to unite the Indonesian community within the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign while also promoting our culture to the greater community in Illinois.


The Companion Animals Club promotes the enjoyment of companion animals through related activities such as volunteer opportunities and social events while promoting career and educational resources for members.


The Society of Women Engineers is a technical, professional, social, and outreach organization here at Illinois, and is part of a larger organization with over 14,000 members nationally. With an officer board of 17 and over 80 chair positions, there are many ways for you to get involved and build your resume! Some of our most popular events include Girl Scout Workshops, a Night of Networking providing corporate workshops and career opportunities, a barn dance, semi-formal, and a yearly technical project competition. In addition to all of our events here on campus, becoming a national member of SWE allows you to attend national and regional conferences and pursue many scholarship opportunities. 


This year, the Illinois Student Government (ISG) seeks Executive Assistants within the Cabinet and Legislative Branch to help fulfill weekly tasks and begin their journey in ISG with direct guidance from the current student leaders. This unique role teaches new members of ISG through genuine first-hand experiences and prepares students for how to be productive members of the organization with weekly training sessions!  

Applications can be found here or at the Illinois Student Government website under the "Get Involved" tab. Deadline to apply is November 2nd. 

For questions or concerns regarding ISG or the application process, please contact ISG Chief of Staff, Katrina Rbeiz.  

 The Power of Information: 2020 Information Science Graduate Fair: Oct 27, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
FORGE: Disrupt the Midwest, November 7 - 8. The application deadline is October 30.

Illinois pre-selection for 2021 Mayo Clinic SURF | Apply by Nov. 8

The Illinois pre-selection period is now open for Mayo Clinic’s Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF), a 10-week program that invites students to work alongside Mayo Clinic researchers on cutting-edge biomedical research. This special pre-selection process allows for University of Illinois students to submit their SURF application to a selection committee of Illinois faculty and staff. Up to seven of Mayo Clinic’s prestigious fellowships are reserved for Illinois sophomores and juniors who are seriously considering a biomedical research career as a PhD or MD-PhD. The Mayo Clinic & Illinois Alliance will host virtual office hours on Oct. 13 and 14 for applicants  to ask questions and speak individually with a program administrator. The deadline to apply is Nov. 8. Learn more

Illini Union Rec Room bowling, billiards, gaming
Illini Union Board presents: Illinites

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.

Free Virtual Statistical & Data Consulting, Workshops, and Resources

Do you need help with data, troubleshooting your code, or understanding your analysis?  Consulting and training workshops are open to campus for the following software programs: Stata, SAS, ATLAS.ti, SPSS, R, Python. All services are free and offered in partnership with CITL, the Library Scholarly Commons, and Tech Services. For open hours and workshop registration, visit our website.

CITL Data Analytics Services 

UX Coffee Hours is a volunteer driven platform where aspiring UX-ers can connect and schedule free virtual coffee conversations with experienced UX professionals. The goal of this initiative is to foster the UX community by building a supportive platform to seek and receive advice. 

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 leadership@illinois.edu 

iSchool News
Grants & Scholarships
Apply to a Bailey Scholarship Program!

The University YMCA's Bailey Scholarship program awards over $200,000 in funding each year to University of Illinois students who will contribute to the solution of the world's greatest problems.  Applications are being accepted for the Bailey Global Scholars program and the Bailey Unpaid Internship Scholarship between October 5 - November 8, 2020.                 

BAILEY GLOBAL SCHOLARS is a 7-month program designed to help University of Illinois students grow as responsible and engaged global citizens by supporting critical reflection, dialogue, and action across differences of culture and power. Bailey Global Scholars will participate in an online "Education through Global Engagement" program during the Spring 2021 semester culminating in a volunteer immersion (virtual or in person) capstone experience during Summer 2021.

Participants will receive a $1000 scholarship for Spring '21. 

The BAILEY UNPAID INTERNSHIP SCHOLARSHIP offers academic scholarships to undergraduate students at the University of Illinois who will complete an unpaid internship with a public service agency or not-for profit organization. Awards are $1,000 for a part-time internship or $2,500 for a full-time internship and are given directly to the student. All undergraduate students regardless of academic program or citizenship status are encouraged to apply. 

Apply for Spring 2021.


Outside Private Scholarships


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.

Campus Deadline: January 20, 2021

The Beinecke is for current juniors who are U.S. citizens. This is a merit- and need-based award of $34,000 to students seeking to gain a graduate degree in the arts, humanities, or social sciences.

Additional Scholarships for Seniors pursing Graduate School

Bevier Café, 11:30-1pm Monday-Friday

Food Assistance & Well-Being Program

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. 

Free ebook, "Teach Yourself How to Learn" 

Campus Student Online Learning Resources: https://ops.citl.illinois.edu/for-students

Transitioning Online - CITL

Student Resources & Tech Support

Keep Teaching, Learning, Working, and Researching Resource Website

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.

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.

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.

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, help@support.ischool.illinois.edu, and on our TechChat.

Student Affairs COVID-19 Support List

Counseling Center & Consultations

Time Management Workshop


The Writers Workshop’s mission is to support the U of I community by providing writing assistance for students, faculty, and staff from all disciplines and at all stages of the writing process. Whether you’re working on a course paper, senior capstone, personal statement, group writing project, thesis or dissertation, or manuscript for publication, our consultants are here to help. Visit us at any stage of the writing process: brainstorming, organizing ideas, polishing final drafts, citing sources, and more. Sessions are interactive and help you better express and articulate your ideas.


Questions for the Undergraduate Program? ischool-is@illinois.edu