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Quick Guide for Re-entry

Welcome back to Illinois! Our Quick Guide for returning students includes 10 essential steps to help you get everything in place. 

COVID-19 Updates and Information

In addition to the Quick Guide steps below, please make sure to visit campus COVID-19 Guide for Students for up-to-date information about COVID-19 protocols on our campus, including vaccination requirements and how to download the Safer Illinois app for building access, as well as other important information for both on-campus and online students. 

The Quick Guide

1. RE-activate your NetID

Your NetID and password are required for access to many services at the University. 

  • Your NetID will be automatically reactivated in 24-48 hours after your receive you re-entry approval notice.
  • After this time, you will need to contact Technology Services at or 217-244-7000 to obtain a password reset token and link.
  • Follow these steps to reset your NetID password.
  • Once you NetID is reactivated and you’ve reset your password using the reset token from Technology Services, you can then access university services that require a NetID and password.

2. Use Your Office 365 Email Account

Your email address will not be activated until after you have registered for classes for your re-entry term. Once you register, your email address will be automatically activated within 24 hours.

Microsoft Outlook Online (Office 365) is the official campus service used for email, calendaring, and contact and task management at the University of Illinois and is vital for receiving emails and information from the University. To check your mailbox on the web, visit If you have questions about your email account please contact Technology Services Help Desk at or 217-244-7000.

3. update Personal Information in Student Self-Service

Once you have established your Net ID, use it to log into the online Student Self-Service and update your personal information, including your local address. Keeping this information up-to-date is extremely important. 

4. Submit your Transcripts & Other Academic Credentials

If you attended another institution since last enrolled at UIUC, you may be required to submit academic credentials from these institutions. Check your approval notice for this information.

Details about document requirements and how to submit them to us are available on our website.  

5. Fulfill Immunization Requirements

If you are returning to an on-campus degree program and have not yet satisfied your immunization requirements, you will be required to complete and submit an Immunization Information Form to McKinley Heath Center. Students enrolled in online degree programs are not required to submit these forms. Learn about immunization requirements

See the COVID-19 Guide for Students for information about COVID-19 vaccination requirements

6. Understand Health Care Services

The University provides health care services, including some telehealth services. 

The University of Illinois Student Health Insurance plan is mandatory for all students unless you have proof of health care coverage. Learn more about Health Care Services, including how to opt out if you have camparable coverage or how to add dependants.

7. Explore Technology Requirements and Resources

Campus Technology Services

Check out the New Student Technology Guide to learn more about your university email account, free software, online storage, Wi-Fi, and other available resources. The Tech Services Knowledge Base can help you find answers to your technology questions. Contact the Technology Services Help Desk for all of your technology problems or questions.

Online Learning Platforms

If you are enrolled in online courses or taking classes remotely, ask your program about any online learning platforms that will be used for your courses:

Make sure your computer meets the necessary technology requirements:

For enrolled students, the Student Academic Resource Tool (S.T.A.R.T.) pages are available for some online programs. S.T.A.R.T. pages are intended to provide a comprehensive overview of essential program-specific information:

8. Complete Required Training

Sexual Assault Prevention training: All incoming, returning, and transfer students, as well as all faculty and staff, are required to be regularly educated on discrimination and harassment prevention, sexual violence, and reporting options and obligations. New students are required to complete training before or early in their first semester. Detailed instructions on how to access and complete the program will be sent to your Illinois email account early in the term. Information is also available on the We Care websiteRead more about Sexual Assault Prevention Training and the U of I System Statement on Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment and Other Sexual Misconduct.

Check with your department to find out about any other required training. Your academic program, area of research, or assistantship responsibilities may require you to complete additional types of training, such as a teaching orientation for teaching assistants. A list of some additional training opportunities is available on the Graduate College website.

9. Get Your i-card

If you need a new i-card, you can visit the Urbana ID Center at the Illini Union Bookstore. An i-card is used for services such as:

  • Campus COVID-19 testing centers
  • Riding the local Mass Transit District (MTD) buses
  • McKinley Health Center
  • Campus Recreation
  • Meal plans
  • Illini Cash (campus debit)

Visit the i-card website for more information on replacing a lost or expired i-card.

10. Set-up Payment Options / Direct Deposit 

Visit the University Bursar website and complete the steps to set up or update payment options and direct deposit and take note of important payment due dates.

Note that paper bills are not mailed to students. Bills are posted in Student Self-Service.

International payments can be made using FlywireTM: