Advising Resources for Engineers

1)    The Undergraduate Programs Office:  If you have any college-level concerns, visit the college office at 206 Engineering Hall for advising.  Walk-in advising welcome Monday-Friday 8:30 AM-4:30 PM.
This includes, but is not limited to:

2)    Your Department Office: If you have any departmental-level concerns, you should visit the Chief Advisor in your undergraduate department office.  This includes, but is not limited to:  Department Contacts-click here!

  • coursework planning
  • major planning
  • specific major questions
  • general questions about your major
  • course selection
  • senior thesis questions
  • concerns about academic performance
  • questions about the dept.
  • general questions about your major you don’t know who else to ask…

3)    Your Faculty Advisor: Every engineering student is assigned a faculty mentor/advisor.  This person is available to speak with you about your academic interests.

  • career information, including jobs and internships
  • research interests or current research opportunities
  • general questions about your field of study/graduate school
  • coursework planning
  • concentrations in the major
  • big picture questions about the field you are interested in

The faculty advisor can assist you with general course planning, but consult your department chief advisor if you have any specific questions about college or departmental policy, or plan to take a non-typical course/program of study.

Additional Resources

1)    Engineering Advising Wiki: For any and all information regarding college policies, restricted coursework, etc. please go to and bookmark https://wiki.cites.illinois.edu/wiki/display/ugadvise/Undergrad+Advising+Home.

2)    Engineering Career Services (ECS): The College of Engineering has its own career development and placement office, located at 3270 Digital Computing Lab, (217) 333-1960.  It is important to start career development early! http://ecs.engineering.illinois.edu/

3)    Center for Academic Resources in Engineering (CARE): Manage the academic rigor of the college at CARE.  Please familiarize yourself with the various resources available to you there at engineering.illinois.edu/care

4)  Engineering IT:  Student Services & Support for ALL technology needs.

Engineering IT Help Desks are located at: 2302 Siebel Center, 3080 ECE Building, 1129 Mechanical Engineering Lab, 264 Coordinated Science Lab, and 264 Materials Research Lab

We are available for all IT-related questions and requests at ews@illinois.edu or by phone at (217) 333-1313

Final Tips

Read emails sent from the College. You are responsible for the information sent to you by the College. Secure messages can be read at https://my.engr.illinois.edu/smd.

Use the Course Change Portal. From the 10th day of classes until the Campus Drop Deadline, you must use the Course Change Portal to make course change requests.  Please keep an eye out for an email with instructions.

Engineering has restricted courses!  You cannot drop certain courses after the 10th day of classes.  Please go to https://wiki.cites.illinois.edu/wiki/display/ugadvise/Restricted+Courses for the list of courses.

Don’t wait to come in with concerns.  We are here to support you and we want you to be successful.  That said, you may encounter difficulties and the earlier you come in to talk with the College, the more options we have to help.