COE New Student Orientation

Welcome fall 2021 students!

Congratulations on being admitted into the College of Engineering! This page outlines important orientation information that will help to ease your transition to UIC. If you need additional help after you have read all the content below, please contact a member of our advising team.

Orientation

  • Incoming first-year and transfer undergraduates will be asked to complete placement exams, if applicable, along with an online orientation. Access to placement exams can be found in the UIC Connect Tab in your my.uic.edu student portal.
  • Students who complete any required placement exams will be sent information to register for a synchronous (live) online orientation. Note: Live orientation sessions will begin June 1, 2021.
  • Incoming first-year and transfer undergraduates will be asked to complete placement exams, if applicable, along with an online orientation and Intake form. Access to placement exams can be found in the UIC Connect Tab in your my.uic.edu student portal.
  • Engineering students must sign up for a synchronous (live) online orientation. College of Engineering advisors will contact students in the order in which they have registered for the live orientation.
  • Engineering students can expect to receive an email from an advisor in their UIC email between one and seven days before their scheduled orientation date. This email will contain course registration information.

Readmitted students
If you are a recently readmitted student, you are not required to register for orientation. Instead, please email uic-engr@uic.edu for assistance with course selection.

About College of Engineering advising

All engineering students have two types of advisors in the College:

  • One is your Academic Resource Center (ARC) advisor, also referred to as your COE college advisor. Your ARC advisor is assigned to you when you are first admitted into UIC.
  • The other is your faculty/department advisor, who works in the department where you choose to major. Your faculty/department advisor will be assigned to you during the 10th week of your first semester at UIC.

The 10th week of the fall and spring terms is considered Advising Week for the College of Engineering. Before Advising Week takes place, all continuing engineering students will have an “advising hold” placed on their account. This hold will prevent you from registering for the following term until you have completed the academic advising process for the semester. You will be responsible for reaching out to your faculty/department advisor, once assigned, to schedule an advising appointment during Advising Week. You will repeat this process in every semester until you graduate from the College of Engineering.

Next steps after completing online orientation

Important note: If you did not complete the UIC online orientation module, please do so ASAP. You can sign up via UIC Connect in your my.uic.edu student portal.

Additional Resources

Helpful links

Read our undergraduate Frequently Asked Questions page if you have any other concerns! Check out our fall 2021 FAQ for specific issues related to the upcoming semester.