First Year Advising Center

New Freshmen Registration

For students starting in the Spring of 2023 Only!

We are excited to have you register for classes and become part of the incoming freshman class at Western Illinois University! 

Please complete the following steps to get registered for Spring 2023 classes.

Is there anything I need to do before making a registration appointment?

    • Please complete the following forms PRIOR to making your registration appointment with your first year advisor:

 

        • Activate your WIU email account so you can receive important communications. All University communication must be through your official WIU email.

Who is my first year academic advisor?

To find the name of your academic advisor, follow these steps:

  1. Sign into your STARS account at wiu.edu/stars
  2. Choose the “Academic” menu 
  3. Click on “Major/Advisor Information”
  4. You will see your advisor and your major listed.

How do I set up a registration appointment?

  • To register for classes, you will need to set up an appointment with your academic advisor so they can guide you through the registration process. The first day of registration is November 14, 2022. You will not be able to make an appointment before this date. 
  • Before you do this, go onto STARS and make sure your major is correct. If you would like to change your major, you will need to email Michelle Yager at m-yager@wiu.edu. Michelle will confirm your major change with you and may ask you some questions. Advisors are assigned by major and your advisor may change depending on your change of major. Once you have confirmation of the correct major, you can set up an appointment so you speak to the right person. You do not need to email Michelle about minors. If you are interested in a minor, you will discuss that with your advisor during your appointment. Please also make sure you have completed ALL the forms above before making that appointment.
  • Advisors are taking virtual appointments. To sign up for an appointment, click on your advisor's calendar link and follow the instructions:

How do I prepare for my registration appointment?

It is highly recommended that you prepare for your appointment by reviewing the following information:

  • Make sure you are in a quiet setting where you can work with your advisor virtually. You will want to be attentive for this meeting. You may want to have a smartphone or computer available during the appointment, especially if your advisor is using Zoom or Google Meet.
  • Please let your advisor know if you plan to participate in band or choir, or join ROTC or the Honors College.
  • If you have credits from IB, AP or CLEP, or dual credit from college courses in high school, it is important to share that with your advisor. Please also let them know if you will have the Seal of Biliteracy.

What will happen during my registration appointment?

  • Your advisor will meet with you at your scheduled appointment time. Please do not be late for the appointment or you may have to reschedule.
  • During your appointment, your advisor will help you pick out classes and register for them so you have an official schedule for the Spring semester. You will be able to see that schedule on STARS under the Academics tab when you are finished. 

What other important information should I know?

  • You probably have lots of questions about college life and we want to get you those answers. Academic advisors are a great resource and connection for you at Western Illinois University but there are some areas where they may not be able to answer your questions.
    • If you have any questions about housing, such as the roommate placement process, where you might be living, or what to bring to campus, please contact University Housing and Dining Services (UHDS) at 309-298-3000, housing@wiu.edu, or wiu.edu/uhds
    • If you have any questions about financial aid, such as details regarding your financial aid package, student loans, or the FAFSA, please contact the Financial Aid Office at 309-298-2446, financial-aid@wiu.edu, or wiu.edu/financialaid
    • If you have any questions about the health insurance waiver or immunization requirements, please contact Beu Health Center at 309-298-1888, beuhealthcenter@wiu.edu, or wiu.edu/student_success/beu_health_center/insurance.php
    • If you have any questions about scholarships, please contact the Scholarship Office at 309-298-2001, sc-office@wiu.edu, or wiu.edu/scholarships
    • If you have any questions about accommodations, please contact the Disability Resource Center housed in the Student Development and Success Center at 309-298-1884, sdsc@wiu.edu, or wiu.edu/drc 

What tools are available to help me set up my weekly schedule?

  • Use this printable schedule worksheet to help arrange your schedule and keep track of your class locations. It's important for you to have enough time to get from place to place and leave yourself room for breaks and meals.
  • For WIU student-athletes only, don't forget to take into consideration your practice times. 
  • To see where University buildings are located, check out this campus map.
  • Consider using your Google Calendar - this free tool keeps track of your class time and other personal activities. Reach out to the uTech Support Center for assistance using Google Calendar or any of the other Google tools.