Congratulations on your admission to graduate school at Illinois State University! Before you enroll in any classes or get involved in any academic projects, you have some important tasks to complete.
Every department and every program has a graduate coordinator. These are the people responsible for the overall integrity of the graduate program in their department/school, as well as for promoting the academic success of each individual graduate student. Your graduate coordinator is the go-to person for every issue regarding graduate education in your discipline. If you haven't already done so, find out who your graduate coordinator is and introduce yourself. The name of and contact information for your graduate coordinator was listed in your acceptance letter. Graduate coordinators change from time to time, so it's important to you to be aware of any changes in your department/school's administrative responsibilities.
A coordinator's precise responsibilities vary from department to department, but you can expect her/him to supervise the admission and advising process, administer the academic paperwork, oversee students' academic progress, and direct the hiring and assignment of graduate assistants and other graduate employment.
Many graduate programs also have their own Graduate Handbooks detailing policies and procedures that are specific to that program. Your graduate coordinator will help you learn about your programs expectations and responsibilities.
Contact your graduate coordinator to make an appointment for advising. When you and your advisor meet, you'll agree on a program of study that fits your academic goals. The decisions you make now about your courses, research groups, and capstone experience will define your future graduate studies. Think about your goals carefully and be sure your program of study will lead you to realize them.
Your UID is a nine-digit number (starting with an 8) which ISU uses as a unique identifier in place of your social security number. You'll be asked for it many times during your first few weeks. Learn where to find it:
As this number is considered confidential, Illinois State offices won't give it out over the telephone without your written consent. For questions and assistance with you UID Number, contact the Registrar Service Center in Moulton Hall 107 or by phone at (309) 438-2188.
You will use your ULID to access your email and to register for classes through My.illinoisstate.edu. It takes approximately 24-48 hours after being admitted to be able to set up your ULID. Your ULID is derived from your name and is always in lowercase letters (for example, Reggie Redbird's ULID is rredbird2). It will form the first part of you University email address (email@example.com). To activate your account, you will need to know your UID number.