Preparing for Course Registration
Follow these steps to prepare for Orientation:
Prior to taking placement tests in my.UIC.edu, you are required to activate your portal account (Net ID and Enterprise ID). If you have not already done so, follow the instructions under “First Time Portal Users” to activate your portal account before logging into my.UIC.edu. If you have previously activated your portal account, click on login under “Existing Portal Users.”
Placement tests are required in certain subjects. You will be unable to register for Orientation without first taking placement tests in English, Math, and for some students, Chemistry, and Physics as well. The Chemistry placement test is only required if Chemistry is needed for your major or Educational Goal. The Physics placement test is only required for students who intend on taking calculus-based physics. Testing information was enclosed in the packet sent to you by the Office of Admissions.
To take your tests, log into my.UIC.edu and select the UIC Connect tab; then, go to the Pathway to Enrollment tab. The “Placement Testing” portlet (lower right side of the page) contains pertinent information about the placement testing process. Please take the time to respond accurately to the questionnaire regarding testing in my.UIC.edu; then, take the appropriate placement tests.
To sign-up for Orientation, log into my.UIC.edu and select the UIC Connect tab.
Upon entering UIC, you may or may not have an idea about your major area of study. We suggest that all first-year students begin by focusing on college and General Education requirements, and use these courses to explore various areas of interest.
All students must complete University Writing, Foreign Language, and Quantitative Reasoning requirements. Placement tests should be taken in each of these areas before attending Orientation so that you are able to enroll in the courses you need to ensure a timely graduation.
Students must start where their placement test or ACT score dictates. Students must continue the University Writing sequence until successfully completing English 161. (See the New Student Academic Guide for additional information regarding the University Writing requirement.)
Students must complete the equivalent of the fourth semester of college-level foreign language. If you have a background in a foreign language, you should take a placement test in that language prior to attending Orientation. If a placement test is not offered in your language, speak with an advisor at Orientation. (See the New Student Academic Guide for additional information regarding the Foreign Language requirement.)
Students must start where their placement test score dictates and must complete a certain level of math, statistics or logic in order to satisfy this requirement. The appropriate course will depend on your major or educational goal. (See the New Student Academic Guide for additional information regarding the Quantitative Reasoning requirement.)
General Education Requirements
All students must fulfill the General Education requirements in order to graduate. General Education courses include the following categories: Analyzing the Natural World, Exploring World Cultures, Understanding the Creative Arts, Understanding the Individual and Society, Understanding the Past, and Understanding U.S. Society. Nine General Education courses are required, with at least one course in each category and two courses from the Analyzing the Natural World category with laboratory. These areas will be discussed in greater detail at Orientation; in the meantime, familiarize yourself with the General Education requirements by looking in the Undergraduate Catalog.
In addition to having a major, some students choose to pursue an educational goal in a pre-professional area such as pre-law or pre-health field. Pre-professional educational goals are not majors in LAS. The various professional programs often require specific coursework be completed prior to applying, and most require a bachelor’s degree prior to admission. Students can often satisfy prerequisites for pre-professional programs with General Education and/or major requirements for a degree in LAS.
Students with an interest in a pre-health or pre-law field should add an educational goal to ensure that they receive pertinent information applicable to their area of interest. This can be done on the LAS pre-health website: LAS pre-health website or LAS pre-law website under the Educational Goal link. To add a non-pre-health educational goal, students should speak with an LAS academic advisor at Orientation.
Please visit the Pre-professional Studies section of the Undergraduate Catalog, which lists the course requirements for each of the preprofessional programs. (See the New Student Academic Guide for additional information regarding preprofessional educational goals.)
After you have completed your placement testing, you can access your test results, obtain information on how to interpret the results, and learn how to prepare for your first semester at UIC through UIC Connect. You will find Orientation and planning for your first semester to be much easier if you review this information prior to Orientation.
To check placement test results, go to my.UIC.edu, and log in by clicking on “login” under Existing Portal Users. Click on the UIC Connect tab, then, click on “View Available Testing Results” in the Placement Testing portlet on the Pathway to Enrollment Tab. Once you have this information, you may begin planning your course schedule for fall prior to registration at Orientation.
While the courses you take to complete the University Writing, Foreign Language, Quantitative Reasoning, and Chemistry (if needed) requirements may be dictated by your placement test results, choice of major, and/or educational goal, you have many choices when it comes to your General Education courses. Take a look at the General Education section of the Undergraduate Catalog, which lists General Education requirements and courses. Choose two or three courses from each category that interest you: Analyzing the Natural World with laboratory, Exploring World Cultures, Understanding the Creative Arts, Understanding the Individual and Society, Understanding the Past, and Understanding U.S. Society.
Nine General Education courses are required prior to graduation, with at least one course in each category, and two courses from the Analyzing the Natural World category. Once you have found a couple of courses from each category that sound interesting, check the Course Descriptions for prerequisites (courses you must take first in order to be properly prepared). Most courses designed for first-year students will be at the 100 level such as: SOC 100, POLS 101, THTR 109, and HIST 103. (See the New Student Academic Guide for additional information regarding searching for course options, including step-by-step screenshots for using this webpage.)
Not all courses will be offered or open every semester. To see what is available in a particular semester, go to Course Descriptions, select Schedule of Classes, and, then, select Schedule of Classes Search to look for a particular department or course. To search for all General Education courses that fit a certain category, start from the Schedule of Classes page. Then, under the New General Education Sections, select New General Education Dynamic Search Feature. (See the New Student Academic Guide for additional information regarding searching for course options, including step-by-step screenshots for using this webpage.)
- A semester hour is the university’s unit of academic credit. Typical courses are three credit hours. Many science or math courses are four or five credit hours because they include a discussion or lab component.
- A minimum of 120 credit hours are needed for graduation.
- In order to be a full-time student, you must register for at least 12 credit hours in the fall semester and 12 credit hours in the spring semester. If you take fewer than 12 credit hours in either the fall or spring semester, you will be considered a part-time student. We recommend registering for 15 credit hours your first semester at UIC. Averaging 15 credit hours a term increases your ability to stay on track to graduate in four years.
- Students are expected to study at least 3 hours outside of class for every hour of class. For example, if you register for 15 credit hours, you should plan on a minimum of 45 hours of study time per week in addition to class time. It is important to balance any outside work and other commitments with your academic load.