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Undergraduate FAQ

Where can I find academic deadlines?
Where can I find forms and petitions?

The ACES Office of Academic Programs has the most up-to-date list of available petitions and forms.

How do I add a course?

You can add a semester course in Enterprise Self-Service up until the 2nd Friday of the semester.

To add a course after the deadline, you will need to obtain instructor approval and fill out a Late Course Change form. This form must be filled out by you, the student; signed by your instructor; and stamped by the department offering the course before submitting it to ACES Academic Programs in 128 Mumford Hall.

You should check the Office of the Registrar's website for academic deadlines.

How do I drop a course?

You can drop a semester course in Enterprise Self-Service up until the 8th week of the semester.

To drop a course after the deadline, you will need to fill out a Petition to Drop a Course.

You should check the Office of the Registrar's website for academic deadlines.

How do I take more than 18 credit hours in a semester?

To take more than 18 credit hours in a semester, you must fill out the Overload Form. If you need to take more than 9 credit hours in the summer, you will also need to fill out this form.

What happens if I retake a course?

By default, if you retake a course, both grades are listed on your transcript and both are counted in your GPA.  You only receive credit hours for one instance of the course, though.  If you want to retake a course and received a C- or below during your first attempt, you may be eligible for Grade Replacement.  Both instances of the course must be taken here at the University of Illinois.  You can find more information about Grade Replacement by visiting the ACES Academic Programs Website. You can find the form for Grade Replacement on the ACES Academic Programs Forms & Petitions Page. There are deadlines for declaring Grade Replacement, so it is important you check the Office of the Registrar's Website for updated academic deadlines.

Remember, both instances of the course must be taken here at the University of Illinois to be eligible for Grade Replacement.  If you retake a course at a community college or other university, then you cannot use Grade Replacement.

What is a DARS audit and how can I access it?

A DARS Audit is an unofficial audit of progress toward your degree that reflects courses you have already taken and courses you have in-progress. This report is extremely important, as it shows which requirements you still need to complete. To access your DARS audit, you must visit the Office of the Registrar’s website.

How do I complete my ANSC 398 requirement?

You can find information about ANSC 398 here.

How do I change my concentration or major?

There are only certain times of the semester you can change concentrations. This is generally the week before classes start, the first 2 weeks of classes, and 2 weeks during the middle of the semester. For specific dates, visit the College of ACES Student Space.  If you want to transfer into Animal Sciences, you need to contact Lauren Redman at lredman@illinois.edu, 217-333-2252, or 188 ASL.  If you want to transfer out of Animal Sciences, you need to contact the Department you want to transfer into.

How do I know if a course transfers here?

You should visit transferology.com to see whether a course will transfer here, and if it does, what it will transfer here as.

How can I take a course at Parkland with in-district tuition?

Many students take courses at Parkland during the summer and/or academic year.  To receive in-district tuition, you must complete a Concurrent Enrollment Form.  You must be enrolled as a full-time student here at the University of Illinois in order to receive in-district tuition.  This means that for the summer term, you must be enrolled in at least 12 hours for the upcoming fall semester.  If you are taking a course during the academic year, you must be a full-time student during the semester you will be completing the course at Parkland.

How do I complete my Foreign Language Requirement?

For information on what is required, you should visit the General Education Requirements Page. You should take the Foreign Language Placement Exam to establish which course you place into, regardless of the language you want to pursue. Results of that exam will determine which sequence you should follow to complete your foreign language requirement.

Spanish is the most common language that students complete here on campus.  Students generally take SPAN 122 and then SPAN 103 to fulfill the requirement.  SPAN 122 is equivalent to the first two semesters of Spanish.  

How do I transfer a course to the University of Illinois?

Visit the Office of the Registrar’s website for more information on how to transfer a course here.

I tried signing up for a course, but it keeps giving me errors--what do I do?

There are several reasons why signing up for a course may result in an error. Here are a few common errors and solutions:

  • Link Error
    Register for all parts of the course simultaneously (lecture & lab; lecture & discussion; lecture & quiz, etc.)
  • Departmental Approval Required
    Contact the department that teaches the course
  • Pre-req./Test Score Error
    Check course restrictions on the Class Schedule
  • Time Conflict Error
    Course times are overlapping. Select a different section
  • Class Error
    Qualification based on Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, or Senior standing
  • Level Error
    Qualification based on Undergrad or Graduate standing
  • Major Error
    Restricted to certain major(s)
  • Closed Error
    Course is full. Check online later for spots (students may drop the course, more openings may become available) or contact the department that teaches the course
Which courses does the University Of Illinois College Of Veterinary Medicine require?

While some requirements are built into our curriculum, there are some requirements you will need to take as electives. You will need to take the following additional courses to meet University of Illinois Vet School requirements:

  • Organic Chemistry with Lab (CHEM 232 & 233)
  • An additional 3 hours of Biological Sciences with Laboratory (there are 8 credit hours required, 5 of which are satisfied by MCB 100 and 101)
  • 8 credit hours of Physics with Laboratories (PHYS 101 & 102)
  • Biochemistry (MCB 450 or ANSC 350)

This is for informational purposes only. We do not control which courses the University of Illinois Vet School requires. It is best that you establish a relationship with them as early as possible to make sure you are making progress on their requirements. Please visit the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine webpage for more information.