Registration Procedures for All Students

Students should register through Student Self-Service (available via the Office of Records and Registration’s website).  Though all students are encouraged to use Student Self-Service, assistance with the registration process is available by contacting the Office of Records and Registration. The dates and times of registration are posted each semester on the Office of Records and Registration's website (note: students cannot add courses themselves during the late registration period; it is the student’s responsibility to contact the Office of Records and Registration to add courses during late registration, realizing that instructor approval is required for all courses and late fees apply). This site also contains information regarding current courses and up-to-date information on registration procedures, tuition and fees, and relevant deadlines.

Absence of Registered Student Due to Religious Beliefs

Any student in an institution of higher learning, other than a religious or denominational institution of higher learning, who is unable, because of his or her religious beliefs, to attend classes or to participate in any examination, study, or work requirement on a particular day shall be excused from any such examination, study, or work requirement and shall be provided with an opportunity to make up the examination, study, or work requirement that s/he may have missed because of such absence on a particular day; provided that the student notifies the faculty member or instructor well in advance of any anticipated absence or a pending conflict between a scheduled class and the religious observance, and provided that the make-up examination, study, or work does not create an unreasonable burden upon the institution. No fees of any kind shall be charged by the institution for making available to the student such an opportunity. No adverse or prejudicial effects shall result to any student because of his or her availing himself or herself of the provisions of this section.

Emergency Information for Registered Students

In the event of an unavoidable emergency, students should go to the Emergencies page on the UIS website to view important emergency information for the campus.

Grading and Grade Changes

All mid-term and final course grades are initially assigned by the instructor of record each semester. Once submitted, mid-term grades cannot be changed. Subsequent grade changes for final grades can only be initiated by the instructor of record who must sign and submit a Grade Change Form to the Office of Records and Registration. In the instructor’s absence, the dean of the college in which the course was taken, the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, or the appropriate associate vice chancellor for undergraduate or graduate education may sign the Grade Change Form.

Grading Option Changes

Students may change the grading option for those courses offered with more than one grading option. Changes include standard letter to credit/no credit and vice-versa, as well as changes to audit (note: changes to audit can only be made by contacting the Office of Records and Registration). Specific deadlines can be found on the Office of Records and Registration’s website.


Students who audit courses are required to pay full tuition and fees and are responsible for covering the charges incurred for the audited course(s). PLEASE NOTE that audited courses cannot be covered by any financial aid resources including federal, state, or institutional funds. Courses audited successfully appear on the transcript with the grade of AU. Credit for audited courses may not be established under any circumstances. The deadline for changing to audit grading is consistent with the last day to withdraw from a course.  It is the student's responsibility to contact the Office of Records and Registration to change one or more courses to audit grading. Full-time students must include audit courses as part of the maximum load requirement. The instructor may determine that the audited course should not be placed on a student’s transcript if he or she does not attend class regularly. When enrollment in a course is limited, students enrolling for credit are admitted before audits are allowed.

Credit/No Credit

Students wishing to select the credit/no credit grading option (when available for a particular course) must officially register their intent by selecting that option via the online registration system before the course is three-fourths completed. No changes are accepted after the designated date. Limits on the number of hours earned under the credit/no credit option may be established by individual programs. Credit is awarded under this option to undergraduate work that represents a grade of C or better (grades of C- will not be accepted) or to graduate work that represents a grade of B or better (grades of B- will not be accepted). For lesser work, a grade of NC is recorded on the transcript. Courses taken for credit/no credit are not included in calculating the cumulative grade point average.


All students at UIS enrolled in at least one on-campus or blended course must carry medical/hospital insurance coverage during the fall, spring, and summer semesters. Students enrolled in any non-online class will be automatically assessed the UIS student insurance fee. Complete withdrawals made within the first 30 days of classes without the student having used the insurance, or students ordered to active military duty, are eligible for a pro-rated refund of the insurance assessment. Students with equivalent coverage outside of the University’s plan may file an online waiver to exempt out, via the link provided on the Student Insurance website. This process must be completed annually. Exemption waivers must be submitted no later than the posted deadline for the applicable semester. Exceptions may include late registering students who may be allowed additional time to submit a waiver. Please note that students enrolled in only online course work for a given semester are ineligible to participate in the Student Insurance Program. Questions should be directed to the Office of Human Resources.

International Student Enrollment/Registration

Recently admitted students may register for classes before actually coming to UIS, provided they first submit all necessary documentation.  Additional information regarding international student registration can be found on the International Student Services website. Please note that students are academically and financially responsible for any courses for which they register, even if their plans change and they do not attend UIS.  All registration changes, including withdrawals, must be officially made using Student Self-Service (available via the Office of Records and Registration’s website.).  Due to federal reporting regulations, international students must be enrolled full-time by the fifth day of the summer semester and by the tenth day for fall and spring semesters.

Network ID (NetID) and Email Information

Every enrolled student at UIS is assigned a Network ID (Net ID) and email address. The NetID is used to access information technology resources such as online courses, online library databases and journals, and email. Email from faculty, the Registrar, and important campus-wide announcements are sent to students via their official (University-assigned) email address. Students are required to check their official email throughout the semester. For questions about NetIDs and student email accounts, contact the UIS Technology Support Center at 217/206-6000 or toll free within Illinois at 877/847-0443.


All full- and part-time registered day and night students, as well as faculty and staff, must purchase and display a parking hang tag for the vehicle they park on campus. Parking hang tags are mandatory.  Additional information can be found on the Parking Operations website.


Prerequisites, if any, are included in each course description.  Students are responsible for completing all prerequisites prior to enrolling in a course.  For some courses, the student registration system will prevent students from registering if prerequisites have not been completed.  Regardless of whether or not the registration system prevents a student from enrolling in a course, the University will not be responsible for a student's failure to adhere to those prerequisites.  Students who have not completed all prerequisites may be administratively withdrawn.

Records Policy for Students

In accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, students have the right to inspect and review their official UIS records, to request corrections, and to limit access to such records.  Students have the right to withhold the disclosure of all directory information.  For additional information, please see the Student Record Policy on the Office of Records and Registration’s website.

Registration Course Information

Special Approval Courses

Some courses may have the notation “Instructor Approval Required” or “Departmental Approval Required” beneath the course title. In order to register for these courses, the student must contact the program office or the course instructor to obtain the appropriate permission. The approval must be entered electronically before the student will be allowed to register. Students MUST OFFICIALLY REGISTER for these types of courses. Students are NOT automatically registered for a course when the electronic permission is entered.

Wait-listed Courses

Selected courses may have a computerized wait list. When enrollment for a wait-listed course reaches the maximum capacity, students may add their names to the wait list using Student Self-Service. Students will be notified by the department of the specific deadline to register if space becomes available and electronic approval has been granted. Decisions for approval are generally made before the beginning of the course. Students should use Student Self-Service to remove their names from wait-listed courses in which they no longer wish to enroll.

Registration Holds/Enrollment Restrictions

Students who have holds are responsible for clearing them prior to registration.  Examples of holds include parking, library, financial, short-term loan, health, admissions, and program restrictions.  In addition, students must abide by the various enrollment restrictions listed below:


Students registering for more than eight semester hours for summer or 18 semester hours for fall or spring must have approval of their academic programs.


Students on academic probation must meet with their academic advisor each semester they are on probation. Students on probation are restricted to no more than six semester hours for summer and 12 semester hours for fall or spring. Students who have been academically suspended from UIS must complete an Appeal of Academic Suspension form to be reinstated. It is the responsibility of the student to file the appeal, which must be approved by the student’s advisor, program chair, and academic dean. If approved, the conditions of probation apply.

Registration Priority

Registration priority is generally limited to currently enrolled students. Registration will be determined according to the schedule listed on the calendar associated with the upcoming semester (summer, fall, or spring). Hours are based on courses completed PRIOR to the current semester. Students who do not register on their designated dates may register AFTER designated dates. New students and continuing students not enrolled for the current semester will be allowed to register following the priority registration period.

Student Schedules

Students are encouraged to access Student Self-Service to view or print their class schedule and make necessary changes before the beginning of the appropriate term. Printed schedules will NOT be mailed to students. A student schedule is not a bill.

Unique Registration Programs

Concurrent Enrollment/Registration

Students who plan to enroll for courses on more than one University of Illinois campus must obtain information and forms regarding concurrent enrollment by contacting the Office of Records and Registration.

Intercampus Enrollment/Registration

The Intercampus Enrollment program is intended to give students at one campus of the University of Illinois the opportunity to take advantage of educational opportunities unique to another campus of the University without having to formally transfer. It is not designed to replace concurrent enrollment or transfer. The program also provides for summer enrollment at another U of I campus should financial aid be required. Students should contact the Office of Records and Registration for additional information and enrollment forms.


Students may terminate registration in a course by officially withdrawing by the deadlines posted each semester. All withdrawals from courses must be made officially according to procedures outlined on the Office of Records and Registration’s website. Non-attendance or non-payment does not constitute an official withdrawal. Students are financially responsible for all courses not officially dropped according to the policy and deadlines indicated. Specific deadlines will be published each term on the Office of Records and Registration’s website.

No withdrawals will be processed after the published deadlines. When the withdrawal occurs after 10 percent of a course has passed, a "W" appears on the transcript for the course from which the student withdrew. No notation appears on the transcript when the withdrawal occurs during the first 10 percent of a course. Students who fail to withdraw officially from a course at any point will be assigned a failing grade.

See the Office of Records and Registration’s website for more specific information about withdrawals. Please note that withdrawing from some or all courses may have academic and/or financial implications.