Sum-Up of Summer Registration

Hello, future Illini!

I hope you all are getting pumped to join the wonderful community on campus. You are so close to attending the University of Illinois in the fall, but there are a couple of tasks you need to complete before fall rolls around. One of these tasks is to register for and to attend Summer Registration.

I know what you’re thinking:

Simply put, Summer Registration is a day when you’ll come to campus, pick out your first-semester courses, and receive a ton of information about the university as a whole. Summer Registration is a required program for all incoming students. If you live more than 500 miles away from campus, your Summer Registration will be completely online; however, you still have the opportunity to participate in on-campus Summer Registration should you choose to make the trip.

Summer Registration is an exciting time to be on campus, and it is so much more than just scheduling your courses. You and your guests will meet with your academic college and your academic advisor, who will help you choose the correct courses. While you’re registering, your family will have their own programming to attend.

After you check in, you can walk around our campus resources fair to learn about and speak with over 30 offices around campus (many of which will give out free stuff!). Then, there will be a brief introduction and financial aid presentation before we split up for your college meetings. This also gives you the chance to meet other students within your college and major. You’ll eventually head off to a computer lab on campus to register. That’s right, you’ll leave Summer Registration with your fall schedule in hand!

The program will finish up around 5:00 p.m. at the latest, but there are also a number of optional things you can do on campus once the program is done. You can go to the Illini Union Bookstore to buy some Illini gear, take campus and classroom tours, and even get your student ID, which is called an i-card. We also offer small group sessions where you can meet with upperclassmen and get your campus life questions answered.

If you’re super excited for everything to come, you can sign up for Summer Registration via your Admitted Student Checklist on myIllini. You have to accept your offer before you can sign up for a program. Once you have signed up for a program, make sure you do the following things before coming to campus:

  1. Send AP scores directly from the testing agency to our office.
  2. Take placement tests 2 weeks before you come to registration (available May 1).
  3. Do your college homework (available starting in April via your Admitted Student Checklist).

If you have more questions, check out our FAQ page or contact our office. Can’t wait to see you this summer!




Admissions Counselor
I am originally from New Jersey, but I grew up and graduated high school in the north suburbs of Chicago. I love being an admissions counselor because I get to meet and interact with remarkable students almost every day!