Hello my future college students! ❤
This is a special, University of Illinois student eyes only, one of a kind, master post. This will help you navigate the cluster-fu** that is the University of Illinois website system.
NetID– THIS IS SO IMPORTANT TO EVERYTHING YOU WILL DO. Your NetID is your new name. This is the beginning of your email address, this is what you will bubble in on all of your scantrons, this is what you will use to LOG INTO EVERY COMPUTER AND WEBSITE ON CAMPUS. Learn it, live it, love it. It is typically the first letter of your first name, some sort of abbreviation of your last name, and a number. To access your new email, log into google, type in your NetID followed by ‘@Illinois.edu’ in the log in and it will redirect you to a link where you will re-insert your NetID and AD password. Don’t forget to set your picture.
- Emails– From personal experience it is good to have more than one email. You know that email that you’ve used since you were 12 and has some stupid name like ‘email@example.com’ or whatever? This is your new junk mail. Use it when signing up for clubs, when someone asks you at the mall for your email to send you coupons, etc. This will keep your academic email that has less than important emails from your TA, slightly more important emails from your professor, and hella important emails from your boss, from being super cluttered. It’s hard enough to find emails as is, but this has really saved my butt in the past.
Passwords– YOU WILL CHANGE THESE ONCE A YEAR WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT. I do not. So choose a password that is meaningful and keep adding !’s or #’s to it. You will get an email once a year informing you to change your password. Just do it and get it over with. It sucks, I know, but at least they changed the system since I applied. When I applied you HAD to have a different password for everything and it was a MESS. Especially because I didn’t know what I was doing so I went through the steps to set my password 3 times. Fun fact, at the U of I, you can’t reuse one of your last 10 or so passwords, so you can’t just switch between 2 for 4 years. Already tried that. To create these passwords you will get an email after you have been accepted into the U of I.
- AD Passwords vs. Enterprise– Your AD (Active Directory) password and Enterprise password are the same (unlike when I joined and I messed up and had two different passwords). AD is used to log into your Compass 2g account and your enterprise password is used to log into your enterprise account. Shocker.
Enterprise UIUC– Where you PAY for things and REGISTER FOR CLASSES. This website is only useful twice a year unless you get a job at the U of I and you need to fill in your own hours (like me). This website has upgraded the web register program to be AMAZINGLY user friendly. I recommend the enhanced registration. Definitely easier to use than the classic settings.
- Enterprise Tabs– Enterprise is a little more than signing up for classes and paying tuition, it is also where you can find your Financial Aid report, award letters, graduation info, and change personal information. Make sure to look through it so that you know what’s there for the future.
DARS Report– You’re going to need to know what classes to sign up for, and what classes you’ve already taken. This is where your DARS report comes in. You google ‘DARS UIUC’, and it should be one of the first things to come into your browser (http://www.registrar.illinois.edu/dars-audit). You will click on the link that says ‘DARS web for students’, log in using your enterprise password and click ‘Submit New Audit’ at the bottom of the page. It may take a minute, but eventually a bar will show up that says ‘Open Audit’ at the bottom of your page. If you click this button it will open a new tab that has an expandable list of all of your class requirements.
Compass 2g– WHERE ALL OF YOUR HOMEWORK IS. Unless your teacher is sadistic (see Moodle). This is where most of your course work is going to be found. The front page (once you’ve logged in with your NetID and AD password) is customizable and once the professors have added you to their course, you can move around the order that your classes are found in on the front page (something I’ve found very useful actually). The most helpful thing on that website, however, is the hardest for some people to find (so frustrating). This is the MOST helpful thing that I can give you and that is: In the top right hand corner of your screen when in Compass, there is a little drop down menu with your name on it. Click the box, and you get this nice little menu that has your recent visits and what not. That is irrelevant. Look to the left of that and you will see small icons. The VERY FIRST ICON that looks like a Bb with a roof over its head is what you want. If you click on this, it will show you ALL OF YOUR UPCOMING DUE DATES (and if your click on the assignment it takes you right to the turn in page), notifications from people that have posted on things that might be important if you class is heavily discussion oriented like mine, it will show you if you have missed an assignment, it shows you what the latest grade update is, and it even has a notifications section (quite annoying in my opinion though) that shows you everything that has been added to Compass by your professors/TAs and when.
Moodle (learn.illinois.edu)– Where your sadistic teachers put your homework so that you forget about it.
Quad Day– One day a year where the quad is filled with half of the student body that is trying to sign up for clubs and get free stuff. Go to this, sign up for nothing, but get a lot of free junk.
Venmo– How students generally pay each other. This is like Paypal, only more hipster. Pay your friends instantly without actually having cash on you. It’s easy to set up and just about everyone freaking uses it. Also, if you are selling things on campus, I recommend using Venmo because the U of I has strict policies about selling things, especially on the Quad, so it is best to use Venmo because ‘real money isn’t being exchanged hands on University property’ (a lesson I learned after getting in trouble for doing a class project where we were required to sell stuff).
Reddit– Where dumb questions are answered and teachers are rated. If you’re looking for an easy or fun class recommendation, this is the place to go.
Quizlet– Where to go if you have ANY online quizzes.
I’m sure there’s more that I am missing from this list, so if you have any questions I’m here to help, and if you have any suggestions for things that should be put up but aren’t already, let me know and I will do my best to get it up here!