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Course Registration Guidelines


  1. Who do I see?
  2. When should I come in for advising?
  3. What courses are available?
  4. What if there are no seats left?
  5. What if I get a D or F?
  6. What if I need to retake a class?
  7. Can I take a class at a community college?
  8. How do I register for Internship?


Who do I see?

Freshman IT majors should see UCollege for their advising needs. Beginning sophomore year, students see IT Advising.

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When should I come in for advising?

It is best to come in for advising early EACH spring & fall semester BEFORE advance registration, which is mid-semester. After we meet, you can then use Course Search to plan your schedule beforehand so that you can register as SOON as your registration time arrives, which is your best chance to get the courses you need. Check for your enrollment date in the Student Service Center. If you canít make walk-ins, email me times you are available outside of walk-ins, & I will set up an appointment.

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What courses are available?

Course Search opens up prior to Advance Registration and shows all course sections (including those that are filled) as well as general education & IAI courses by category.

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What if there are no seats left?

See the IT departmental websiteís advising section for links to the waiting list. I can OFTEN give overrides for filled sections of IT courses, if you request a specific section, but I CANNOT give overrides for courses in other departments. You need to contact those departments directly. Let me know if you need contact information. It is the policy of the IT Department to refrain from entering permits for IT courses after the first week of class.

IT Major students may submit a course waiting list request by using this submission form.

IT Minor students, as well as Math majors, Physics majors, Cognitive Science majors, Actuarial Science majors and Technology majors may submit a course waiting list request by using this submission form.

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What if I get a D or F?

All major courses require a C or better, but 1 D ONLY in supporting requirements is allowed. Math courses, however, always require a C or better to move ahead with a higher level math course. If you are sure you will not get at least a C, contact your advisor right away so that you can revise your plan of study.

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What if I need to retake a class?

The system allows a student up to 2 enrollments in a course, and the new grade replaces the former in the cumulative GPA (for better or worse). Even though a WX does NOT count against a studentís GPA, it DOES count as an enrollment. Students can request a registration clearance for a 3rd and FINAL enrollment from me. Students who do not earn a C or better in a major required course after 3 attempts will not be allowed to proceed with that major.

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Can I take a class at a community college?

If you plan to take a course at a community college, check with me to make sure it will come in as a specific requirement. (REMEMBER: If you complete a course at ISU first for a letter grade, you CANNOT then complete an equivalent course elsewhere and receive credit for it here.)

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How do I register for Internship?

It is the studentís responsibility to find a position. Forms & FAQís can be found on the IT website: http://it.illinoisstate.edu/undergraduate/internships/

  • Internships need to be PAID
  • Full-time internships must be completed prior to the studentís last semester
  • The student must submit required paperwork to the Internship Coordinator PRIOR TO completing the internship & register for IT 398 to receive professional practice credit.

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If you're not sure about something, don't assume... just ask. Feel free to email me with any questions. Thank you!

Undergraduate Advisors:

Ms. Laurie Helms
Office: Old Union Building, Room 302 B
Telephone: (309) 438-8046
Email: ljhelms1@ilstu.edu

Ms. Sherry Jerome
Office: Old Union Building, Room 302 D
Telephone: (309) 438-2801
Email: sjerome@ilstu.edu

Illinois State University

SchoolofIT@IllinoisState.edu

School of Information Technology
Normal, Il 61790-5150
Phone: 309.438.8338

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