Non-Degree Students

As a new or continuing non-degree student, everything you need to know will be located on this page. Please check back often.  If you’re newly admitted, make sure you work your way through the New Student Checklist first (directly below).  This will make sure you’re off to a great start.  This page will contain several links to our Current Students pages, so feel free to look over those as well.

Non-Degree Student Checklist

1. Claim your NetID, Password, and 2FA

Your NetID will give you access to campus services, including e-mail and file storage. New students should visit the NetID claiming website. First, you will need to enter in your University ID Number (UIN) and Activation Code. The UIN and Activation Code are within your Official Notice of Admission letter from the Graduate College. Second, you will select two security questions to protect your Net ID account. Third, you will need to choose a password for your Net ID account (remember to pay attention to the requirements for all passwords).

Have you previously enrolled at the University of Illinois?  If so, there is no need to claim your NetID again.  You will need to reset your password.  You can find more information on the Technology Services website. It is likely that your NetID has been disabled and must be reactivated.  Please contact Technology Services directly at 217-244-7000 or

2FA is an extra layer of security the University adds to ensure your student information is protected.  To enroll, visit the UI Verify website. Failure to setup your 2FA device will result in non-access to many of your University applications, including your email and course platforms.

2. Set Up Your Email

All correspondence from the iMBA program is sent to your Illinois email address, so it is imperative you set up your email and check it regularly.

Exchange is a 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. Approximately one hour after claiming your Net ID and setting your password, you will be able to login to and start using your Office 365 Email Account. See: If you have questions about your email or your Exchange account, please visit the Technology Services website, or email

3. Verify Personal Information in Student Self-Service

Once you have established your Net ID, use it to log into Student Self-Service and verify your personal information, such as your contact information. Keeping this information up-to-date is extremely important and ensures proper delivery of important documents.

4. Complete Coursera Linking

Once you accept your offer of admission, or enroll as a first time non-degree student, you will receive an email from Illinois Coursera with information on how to link your Coursera account with the University of Illinois.  It is imperative you complete this linking process as soon as possible.  The iMBA Program is heavily integrated into Coursera and you will not be able to be successful in our program without completing this linking process.

5. Complete Onboarding Courses

In Coursera, you will be onboarded to both Coursera and Compass (the two platforms our program use), while giving you more information about the program (expectations, university policies, etc). It contains a lot of helpful program information so we highly recommend students complete it.

Registering for Courses

You can find step-by-step instructions on how to sign up for courses using the Current Students Registration page.  Please make sure you follow these instructions carefully so you do not incur any errors.  Check the Current Students Course Offerings page for more information on what will be available in upcoming terms, as well as registration deadlines.

Fall 2019 Registration begins on Monday, July 15th
Spring 2020 Registration begins on Monday, November 25th

Please note that the Current Students pages are also helpful for non-degree students.  Feel free to check those pages out and use them as a resource.