Summer Registration and Parents

Hello parents!

We are excited to bring you into our Illini family. After students have accepted their offers of admission and worked through their Admitted Student Checklists, it is mandatory for them to sign up for Summer Registration. This day-long campus program is required of all students who live within 500 miles of campus (other students may complete the program online), and you are certainly encouraged to join!

In order for your child’s sessions to go smoothly, it is best to prepare. After signing up for a program, your child should do the following before coming to campus:

  • Send AP scores directly from College Board.
  • Do the college homework (available now on the Admitted Student Checklist).
  • Take placement tests 2 weeks before coming for registration (available in early May).

The day of registration, you and your child will start the day together and then separate for different sessions (a good practice for moms like mine out there!). As your child meets with academic advisors, discusses career goals, and picks courses for the fall, you will attend a Parent Orientation Program along with sessions on campus safety and housing.

Parents will eat together at our largest dining hall—the Ike. We’ll provide each student 1 lunch ticket for his or her parent/guest (additional ones may be purchased there). Just as students are encouraged to mingle while they eat lunch with their future classmates, this is an opportunity for you to interact with other parents as there will be a great deal of information provided throughout the day.

It’s a long day, so I recommend comfortable clothing and walking shoes. After all the sessions, you will meet your child again and free to stick around or head home. If you have more questions, check out our FAQ page or give us a call at 217-333-0302. We look forward to seeing you on campus!





Admissions Counselor
I work in our Chicago Satellite Office, helping all students with the application process. As the first in my family to go to college, I really enjoy engaging with families about the countless opportunities that come with an Illinois education and coordinating visits to campus.


  • Hello All,

    Your student may view the summer registration dates available to them by following the Registration tab in their myIllini account’s Admitted Student Checklist. These dates vary for students depending on the department or college they were admitted to. They are limited to the options provided to them since this process is dependent on adviser availability.

    If a student absolutely cannot make it to one of the options provided to them, they must submit a conflict form. It is not guaranteed it will be approved and they run the risk of having to register later in August right before classes begin.

    If you have any questions/concerns, please feel free to reach out or check out the FAQ section:

    Looking forward to seeing you all over the summer!

  • Hello Bei and Cheney!

    It all depends on what registration date the student signed up for (it will be different for all students depending on the major that they were admitted to). There is a parent orientation at each of the registration dates. Students can see the dates available to them and sign up by following this link: It can also be found on their admitted student checklist under “Registration”.

    Best Wishes,

  • We live in Virginia and we may not be able to come to UIUC just for registration. Is it possible to talk to a counselor via phone or online?


  • We are from china,and want to know:
    1、What is the registration time of the school?
    2、How children go to school from Chicago O’Hare Airport?

  • Hello,

    If you will be doing an online registration, you want to reach out to your college/department for more information leading up to the date.

    As it relates to travel from Chicago to Champaign, please feel free to go through the following link. The International Student and Scholar Services offices has a great deal of resources available. There is a specific transportation section outlining the various transportation methods.

    Best Wishes,