Department of English, College of LAS, University of Illinois

Undergraduate Advising

Academic advisors Anna Ivy and Kristine McCoskey and career planning specialist Kirstin Wilcox are available to meet with students daily (please 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

Scheduling Appointments

We have 30-minute scheduled appointments available every weekday from 9 am to noon and from 1 to 4 pm. You may specify an advisor or just ask to meet with the first person available.

We also accept students on a walk-in basis from 11:00 to noon Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and from 3:00 to 4:00 Tuesday and Thursday. These walk-in appointments are for quick matters and emergencies only, and will be kept to 15 minutes. Please do not come in without an appointment and expect to register for classes or conduct a long-term planning session. Students will meet with whichever advisor is available during this time.

To schedule an appointment, please call the advising office at 333-4346 or stop by room 200. We do not schedule appointments via email.

During the summer (and during any break when school is not in session) we meet with students by appointment only.


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 send us an email at if you have questions, or call our office to set up an appointment with an advisor.

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 professional development opportunities and career planning for English department students here.