LAS ACADEMIC ADVISING
LAS academic advisors, otherwise known as general advisors, are equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to assist undergraduate student advisees on university and college degree requirements, general education requirements, and academic policies and procedures (e.g., processing late drops). Students are welcome to meet with an LAS advisor as often as they would like. LAS advisors will make referrals to the appropriate advisors for specific major and preprofessional advising when necessary, as well as to other helpful and enriching campus resources.
3rd floor University Hall,
601 South Morgan Street
: Monday, December 11 - Friday, December 15 - 8:30 am - 11:30 am & 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
(Office will be closed at 3:00 pm on Thursday, December 14)
: Monday, December 18 - Thursday, December 21
No appointment availability
: Friday, December 22 - Friday, January 5
Monday, December 25 - Monday, January 1
Monday, January 8 - Wednesday, January 10
: Thursday, January 11 - Friday, January 26
Please schedule all appointments carefully. Cancellations must be made with the LAS Academic Advising Center reception desk at least 24 hours in advance, and if you are more than 15 minutes late for an appointment, you will need to reschedule. Moreover, if you miss a scheduled appointment without notifying LAS Advising in advance, you may be limited to only meeting with an LAS academic advisor during walk-in advising for a period of time.Online Appointment Scheduling Help
Academic Advising Mission Statement
The Office of Student Academic Affairs of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences recognizes that undergraduate students expect to receive a quality education in a quality environment. It is the role of Student Academic Affairs to assure that, in the continuum from admission through graduation, the student's individual educational needs are met while maintaining the academic standards established by the faculty of the college. As a primary source of college information, the staff of LAS Student Academic Affairs promotes and facilitates excellence through academic advising.
We believe that our services should assist in maximizing the academic experience and student achievement in the expectation that students will become lifelong learners and attain their career objectives. These services are provided with expertise, courtesy, and a positive attitude.
Cohort Advising System
All students are assigned to an LAS academic advisor and will be a part of that advisor’s student cohort for the duration of their academic career at UIC – from Orientation to Graduation. Assigning students to a specific academic advisor at the very start of a student’s academic career facilitates a connection between the student and advisor, resulting in a relationship that allows advisors to assist their students as they pursue their academic goals, while also addressing the students’ emotional, cultural, personal, and developmental concerns and/or pursuits.
At this time, all students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences have specific LAS academic advisors assigned to them. If you would like to speak to someone about the possibility of changing your assigned LAS advisor, please email Katie Michel, Assistant Director for Cohort Advising in the LAS Academic Advising Center, at firstname.lastname@example.org. In your email please include: your first and last name, UIN, LAS academic advisor’s name, and a brief explanation as to why you would like to change advisors.
Mandatory First-Year Advising (MFA)
All first-year students must make an appointment with their assigned LAS academic advisor in both the fall and spring terms of their first year in order to be able to register for classes for the next term. First-year students will be contacted via their UIC email with additional information about this requirement; however, students should feel free to make an LAS advising appointment at any point during their first two terms at UIC. Even though students are not required to see an advisor after their first year, LAS recommends that students see their LAS academic advisor at least once each term.
*For a directory of LAS academic advisors, visit the Student Academic Affairs Directory.
In an effort to help our students connect more quickly with their academic departments, or to provide support if they are truly undecided, all LAS sophomores (specifically, students who were new first-year students in Fall 2016) are required to participate in one of the following in order to register for the Spring 2018 term:
- Departmental Individual Advising appointment
- Departmental Group Advising
- Finding Your Fit in an LAS Major workshop
- General Individual Advising appointment (if pursuing a “Teaching of” degree or interested in an intercollege transfer out of LAS)
Students planning to graduate in the current or upcoming semester should meet with their cohort and departmental advisors to ensure all requirements are complete for graduation. The Graduation Checklist explains the steps students need to take.