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Welcome to the Department of Economics!

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We are excited to have so many wonderful new students joining us in ILLINOIS Economics! Please read through the information below about advising appointments, registration, and our program. We also encourage you to look through the other pages on our undergraduate website to become familiar with our program, opportunities, current students, and our Department. If you have questions, please contact our office: | 217.333.2682.

New Student Advising Appointments

All new students must meet with an Econ Academic Advisor prior to registering for courses (either in-person or virtually)- Schedule appointments through your myIllini account. If you have questions, please contact us:

Preparing for Your Appointment

Freshman VideosFreshman Student Videos & Presentation

Freshman Requirements Video: (Vimeo Version) Illini Media Space Version
Looking-up and Registering for Classes Video: Vimeo Version or YouKu Version or Illini Media Space Version

Presentations (Slides from Videos):
Freshman Requirements Presentation (PDF of Slideshow)
Registration Presentation (PDF of Slideshow)


Transfer VideosTransfer Student Videos & Presentation

Transfer Requirements Video: (Vimeo Version) Illini Media Space Version
Looking-up and Registering for Classes Video: Vimeo Version or YouKu Version or Illini Media Space Version

Presentations (Slides from Videos):
Transfer Requirements Presentation (PDF of Slideshow)
Registration Presentation (PDF of Slideshow)


Additional Video on Registration:

Online/Virtual Advising

For those students unable to make it to campus for advising, we offer virtual appointments. We email students with information about the scheduled appointment time and provide the link to join our online meeting. If you did not receive emails with information at least one week before the appointment, please contact our office: or call (217) 333-2682.

Virtual Advising Appointment Time

  • We are on Central Time in Illinois, so please check the time in your area:
  • We meet with several students at the same time during these appointments, so it's important to prepare for your appointment by sending all necessary information to your advisor and reviewing all the material sent to you. Please show up to the virtual appointments on time- we will start promptly and you may be asked to reschedule if you miss any of the presentation.

Virtual Advising Software/Equipment Needed

  • We will be using Zoom for the online meeting, software that has been tested in many international and domestic locations.
  • For the meeting, we ask that you use a laptop or desktop computer as you will be registering for classes during this time, and it will be best for navigating between the meeting and the other websites. There will be audio, so please have earphones or be in a quiet space~ a microphone and video are optional. You will, of course, need an Internet connection to reach the Zoom download (and later, the meeting). Broadband wired is always recommended for the best connection stability.
    We encourage you to download the Zoom Software in advance:

Prior to the Appointment:

  • Please make sure that you have submitted all 'homework' and taken all placement tests prior to the appointment (notify your advisor in adance if you have any issues or have additional information). Reply to emails from your advisor with information they request- this will make your appointment go faster and smoother.
  • We will send you an email about your virtual advising session (how to log in and other important information). Make sure to have this available while you are registering.
  • Prior to your online appointment, we encourage you to watch the registration videos so you understand the economics degree requirements and also the registration process (we will email these to you, and they may also be viewed below). During the appointment we will answer any questions you have and you will register for classes.

On-Campus Summer Orientation

If you are attending an on-campus session, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions will send you information about the schedule for the day. It is important that you complete all the required items prior to attending your session, otherwise you may not be able to register for classes or be able to receive proper advising as we may not have all the necessary information. The University and College will have sessions in the morning, followed by a Department of Economics meeting (we will meet you after the College of LAS meeting and bring you to our building, David Kinley Hall). We have current students and advisors to talk about the program and requirements and answer general questions. You will then receive information about your individual advising appointment. Following your individual appointment with an advisor, you will go to our computer lab where student interns will help you register for courses. Please expect to be on campus until late afternoon (while we try to get you registered as soon as possible, it will take you time to look through classes and select a schedule).

New Student Resources:

Campus Facts:

  • 32,000+ Undergraduate students, and ~1,300 Econ Majors!


  • Register for an Admitted Student Day or a Campus Visit
  • Find events near you
  • Accept your admission to Illinois!
  • Sign-up for your Summer Advising Appointment (On-Campus and Virtual available)

Illinois Admissions Blog:

  • Hear more about campus life, academics, opportunities, etc.- from current students!