MCB Advising strives to create a welcoming and inclusive community of support to empower all our students to take ownership of their education, create an enriching academic experience, and achieve their academic, professional, and personal goals. Advisors are here to help you map out your path to achieve your goals, combine your education and passions for enriching careers, and help you build the skills and confidence to become your best self.

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Closed Over the Lunch Hour: Beginning Monday, December 12th, the MCB advising office will be closed over the lunch hour (12pm to 1pm).  Our hours will be 8:30am to 12pm and 1pm to 5pm.  We will again be open during the lunch hour starting Tuesday, January 17th.

MCB Advising Center Closed: The office will be closed beginning Friday, December 23rd.  We will reopen Tuesday, January 3rd. 

Last Day for Drop-in Advising: The last day for drop-ins is Friday, December 16th.  They will begin again on Tuesday, January 17th.

Drop-in and Express Advising: The MCB Advising Center is open for drop-in advising in room 200 Burrill Hall. No appointment is necessary to see an advisor during the posted times in our MCB UG Events and Deadlines calendar (see below).  Our virtual drop-in queue will also be open for students wishing to have a Zoom appointment.

Private study space available in the MCB Advising suite
Nowadays when some things are in-person and some things are still online, we know that finding space to attend Zoom classes, study, or have virtual appointments without disturbing anyone or being disturbed can be challenging. We have office space available in the MCB Advising Suite that we are making available for reservation. To reserve this space, please visit the following links:

You may reserve more than one hour-long timeslot, but please be considerate of others needing to use the space as well. Questions? Please contact Tim Bowers via email at or by calling the MCB Advising office at 217-333-6774.

Contacting Advising

Prospective Student MCB and Neuroscience information meetings

Prospective students must attend an information meeting before they are allowed to sign up for an individual advising meeting with an MCB advisor. All MCB and Neuroscience informational meetings will be offered in person this fall.

Transferring to MCB or Neuroscience from Another LAS Major on the Urbana Campus

Current Illinois undergraduates, in an LAS major, who wish to change their major to MCB must complete the following steps.

  1. Attend an MCB and Neuroscience informational meeting.
  2. Complete the Curriculum Change Form during the posted application period. Students will receive an email indicating whether or not they have been accepted once the form has been processed.

Intercollegiate Transfers (ICT) (Transferring to MCB or Neuroscience from a non-LAS Major on the Urbana Campus)

Current Illinois undergraduates who wish to ICT into the College of LAS and declare MCB as a major, must complete the following steps.

  1. Attend an LAS information session.
  2. Attend an MCB and Neuroscience informational meeting.
  3. Apply online using the link emailed to you by the College of LAS. Students will receive an email indicating whether or not they have been accepted once your application has been processed.
Enriching your education

Student development opportunities


As a student in the School of MCB, you have a variety of programs to enhance your education.

Research  Pre-med/Pre-health  Study abroad  MCB Honors  Merit program  Professional mentorship program  

Student support and resources


Need a quiet place to study? Looking for some tutoring help? We're here for you with advice and resources on how to succeed as a student in MCB.

Academic resources and tips for undergrads

MCB peer mentors  MCB Leaders

MCB scholarships, fellowships & awards

Contact MCB advisors


Make an appointment via our online scheduler.
200 Burrill Hall, accessible via Room 101

Drop-in and Express Advising
Visit the MCB Drop-in Advising Queue
Drop-in meetings are offered daily throughout the semester and are designed to be quick, 10- minute sessions. Express appointments provide additional access to advisors and are held during high volume times. If a longer discussion is necessary you will be asked to schedule a full 30-minute appointment.