CSC Advising Guide


Who Is Responsible For My Plan Of Study?

You are! You assume final responsibility for course scheduling, program planning and successful completion of graduation requirements. Maintaining a positive relationship with your program major and/or minor advisor(s) is key to meeting this responsibility.

Are there any other advising guides?

Absolutely, you can find them here:

How Do I Find My Advisor?

The easiest way to find your Computer Science advisor is to run your DARS Report.

What Should I Do Before I Contact My Advisor?

  1. Read through the DARS Guide
  2. Run your Degree Audit System Report.
  3. Determine how many classes you would like to take in the upcoming semester.

    • On campus undergraduate students must take 12 credit hours to be considered full time and can take up to 18 credit hours.
    • Online undergraduate students are encouraged to take 8 credit hours per Spring/Fall semester and 4 credit hours during summer.
    • Graduate students, both on campus and online, are encouraged to take 8 credit hours per Spring/Fall semester and 4 credit hours during summer.
  4. Now you're ready to e-mail your advisor! Be sure to include the following:

    • Your University Identification Number (UIN).
    • Which degree you are pursuing (BS in CS, BS in ISS or MS in CS).
    • Whether you are an online or on campus student.
    • How many credit hours you are wanting to take.
    • Any classes you are taking elsewhere that you have yet to transfer in.

What Can My Advisor Help Me With?

  • Computer Science course suggestion.
  • Planning your degree and future.
  • Direct you to other departments for specific questions.
  • Selecting ECCE courses.

What Can't My Advisor Help Me With?

  • Financial Aid questions.
  • Selecting general education courses.
  • Removing holds from records and registration or financial aid.

I Think I'm Ready To Graduate, Now What?

Undergraduate Students

  • You should talk with your advisor and make sure that all of your prerequisites are met before your final semester. You MUST have one semester of statistics, calculus, and discrete or finite math before you can graduate.
  • You must submit an "Online Graduation Application" via Student Self-Service. This application is sent to the graduation office automatically. We cannot process the signature form until your Online Graduation Application has been submitted. You will NOT be able to graduate without completing both steps!

Graduate Students

  • You must submit an "Online Graduation Application" via Student Self-Service. This application is sent to the graduation office automatically. We cannot process the signature form until your Online Graduation Application has been submitted. You will NOT be able to graduate without completing both steps!

When Will I Get My Graduation Application Received Notification?

  • The Degree Audit Reporting System web for Students audit is what the UIS Records Office Staff use to determine if the student is on track for graduation. When a student submits their Graduation Application on Student Self-Service, the student receives a confirmation page showing that they has submitted their application. The next day, the student’s Degree Audit will have the statement, “a graduation application has been submitted.” After a few days, depending on the volume of documents received in a certain period of time, the UIS Records Office staff will send the student a Graduate/Undergraduate Degree Audit Evaluation. This evaluation essentially confirms what is on the student’s audit.

How Do I Obtain A Copy of My Transcripts?

  • Current and former UIS students can now request electronic (PDF) transcripts. This is in addition to the paper delivery option already available. Information pertaining to the issuance of official transcripts (including the new electronic option) can be found online at: uis.edu registration page.
  • The option to request electronic (PDF) transcripts has been implemented to provide better service to our students. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Records and Registration (registrar@uis.edu or 217/206-6709).

I Need Help That Isn't Listed Here!

  • For all other questions or concerns please contact your advisor or the department at csc@uis.edu