Department of English, College of LAS, University of Illinois

Undergraduate Advising

Welcome to all students joining us in Fall 2015!

Advisors Anna Ivy and Kristine McCoskey are available to meet with students daily (see below for details). To find out about English department opportunities and events, please consult our News & Notes page.

Quick tips:

English Advising Office

English Building, Room 200
608 S. Wright Street
Urbana IL 61801 
Phone: 217-333-4346 
Fax: 217-333-4321


  • Scheduled appointments (30 mins): Mon - Fri 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
  • Walk-in sessions (15 minutes): Mon - Fri 11:00 a.m. - noon and 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

To schedule an appointment, please call the advising office administrator Angela Smith at 333-4346. We do not schedule appointments via email.


The English Department staffs two full-time academic advisors to serve students who major in English, Teaching of English, and Creative Writing, and students who minor in English.

If you are a prospective student, we welcome the opportunity to talk to you about the strengths of our department and about the varied and interesting careers that a degree in English or Creative Writing may lead to. Please feel free to contact us by email if you have questions, or call our office to set up an appointment with an advisor.

We provide orientation and registration advising for students entering the University as freshmen or transfer students. After initial contact, academic advising is voluntary except for mandatory freshmen advising for spring term. We do encourage all majors to visit our office at least once every semester to be certain they are on track as they progress through the major. We especially urge graduating seniors to see us before they register for their final year and then again before the final semester.

We are also Study Abroad advisors for majors and all students taking English courses abroad for credit. Students see us to approve courses before and/or after studying abroad.

The English advising office also provides career planning and internship resources. Our Director of Internships, Kirstin Wilcox, is available to meet with students in EB 200. You can find out more about career development for English department students here.