New Freshmen Registration

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

Is there anything I need to do before registering for classes?

Who is my advisor?

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

  1. Sign into your STARS account at
  2. Choose the “Academic” menu 
  3. Click on “Major/Advisor Information”

How do I set up registration?

  • To register for classes, you will need to communicate with your academic advisor. 
  • 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 Bryan Barker. Bryan 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 major. 
  • Now that the summer is over, and during open registration and restricted registration these first two weeks, advisors will be helping you register either through email or their Zoom virtual walk-ins. Please review the procedures for virtual walk-ins at this page. You will want to contact your advisor as soon as possible to get registered so you do not miss any more classes than necessary. We want you to be successful and start out strong!
    • Bryan Barker (
    • Dr. Julie Brines (
    • Anna James (
    • Tim Johnson (
    • Kelly Morris  (

How do I prepare for registration?

It is highly recommended that you prepare for talking with your advisor by reviewing the following information:

  • Please let your advisor know if you are a student-athlete, or plan to participate in band or choir, or join ROTC or the Honors College.
  • If you have credits from AP, IB, or CLEP, or dual credit from college courses in high school, it is important to share that with your advisor.

What will happen during registration?

  • Your advisor will help you pick out classes and register for them so you have an official schedule for the fall semester. You will be able to see that schedule on STARS.
  • This may happen either during the Zoom virtual walk-ins during the first week of class or through email.

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