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Student Resources

Student-centered advocacy, programs, and services

Office of the Dean of Students (ODOS)
Student Assistance Center
300 Turner Student Services Building
610 East John Street
Champaign, IL 61820
Phone: (217) 333-0050

The Student Assistance Center serves as the first point of contact for students who call, email, or walk in to the Office of the Dean of Students. Our Assistant Deans help students understand university policies and procedures, educate them about and connect them to campus resources, and support students in crisis. Students visit us regarding a broad range of issues which may be impacting their academic performance including those related to health/mental health, course attendance issues, questions about where to go on campus to seek different services, options for withdrawing from the university, or because they need help and just aren’t sure where to go. We help students find their way!

Women's Resources Center
703 S. Wright Street, 2nd floor
Champaign, IL 61820 MC-302
Monday-Friday: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm, Appointments available by request
(217) 333-3137 (office phone)

Student-Parents at Illinois Resources for students who are balancing caring for children and pursuing a degree.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Resources (LGBTQ)
323 Illini Union
Champaign, Illinois 61820
1401 W. Green Street
Urbana, IL 61801
Phone: (217) 244-8863

Center for Wounded Veterans in Higher Education
908 W. Nevada Street
Urbana, Illinois 61801
Phone 217-300-3515
Fax 217-244-9008

Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations
121 Swanlund Administration Building
601 East John Street
Champaign, IL 61820
phone: 217.333.1300
fax: 217.244.6623

Dedicated to supporting all students across campus. The Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations (OIIR)is dedicated to recruiting and retaining underrepresented students, diversity education, civic engagement, and fostering the leadership skills necessary to develop global citizens. OIIR includes six cultural and resource centers: the Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center, Asian American Cultural Center, La Casa Cultural Latina, LGBT Resource Center, Native American House, and Women’s Resources Center.

Office of Minority Student Affairs
Student Services Building
Room 130, 610 E. John Street
Champaign, IL 61820

General Study Skills Assistance

Maintenance Studying - How to study and be successful in a science course by Brad Mehrtens, instructor for MCB 150.

The Storytelling Strategy - Explaining what you think you know about a topic by Brad Mehrtens, instructor for MCB 150.

Concept Mapping by Brad Mehrtens, instructor for MCB 150.

Succeeding in the MCB Core Video by Alejandra Stenger, Course Coordinator for MCB 354.

LAS Success Workshops Open to all students, these sessions are appropriate for students wanting to improve their performance in or understanding of a particular course or subject area or to enhance their understanding of a specific major or minor.

DGS has put together a nice compilation of study skills. Check out their toolkit for assistance with time management, organization, learning styles, note taking and much more.

Tips for Success in the Online Environment The University of Illinois is committed to providing you a rewarding academic experience. Whether you are on-campus or remote, we know that you are facing a myriad of new challenges. To help, we've developed the following set of resources to ensure you have a successful semester.

Free online planners. Time management is important to your collegiate success. These planners help you to stay organized and send you alerts when assignments are due.
My Study Life

A nice collection of study tips, links, and additional resources can be found at Each of these tips is so short that they seem deceptively simple, but they are each very powerful and neglecting to do them is behind virtually all unsuccessful attempts at our intro biology courses.

Online Workshops through StudentLingo
StudentLingo offers 48 interactive online Student Success workshops that are available 24 hours a day, 7 days per week. StudentLingo offers interactive workshops on a variety of topics; chiefly, personal, academic, and career. Workshops offer proof of completion

The Ultimate Guide to Studying by Ali Abdaal, a collection of evidence based videos and tutorials that will help you study smarter.

MCB Learning Center

The MCB Learning Center, located in room 101 Burrill Hall is available to students for individual or group study sessions. Most MCB Teaching Assistants, and some Instructors, host office hours in the Learning Center. Specific course and instructor hours will be posted at the entrance. Students are allowed to meet with any TA assigned to their specific MCB course, regardless of the discussion they are enrolled in. The room is equipped Macintosh computers for student use and is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 6 PM during the fall and spring semester. Closed during campus breaks and summer session. Call 217-244-8877 for additional information.

Integrative Biology Learning Center

The IB Learning Center, located in 2092 Natural History Building, is available for individual or group study during all NHB Open Hours.

Chemistry Learning Center

The Chemistry Learning Center (2120 Chemistry Annex) offers a variety of services to assist you with your chemistry courses.  Free drop-in tutoring is also available during the hours posted on their web site. For more information call (217)-333-2998.

Check out the online tutorials for CHEM 102 and 104.

In our experience, students who struggle in biology generally struggle because of the chemistry behind the biology, especially if you are beginning in MCB 150. The University of Illinois Department of Chemistry has put together some helpful online resources which are likely to help you in both your biology courses and your chemistry courses.

The Math and Statistics Student Support Center (SSC) provides walk-in academic support and tutoring for students enrolled in a set of core introductory mathematics and statistics courses. The center is staffed by qualified teaching assistants and course assistants. The SSC is located in room 24 Illini Hall.

Math and Statistics Student Support Center

Access to the Student Support Center is restricted to students enrolled in designated Math and Statistics courses. There is no charge for access to services in the Student Support Center. Courses covered in the SSC include the following: Math 112, Math 115, Math 220, Math 221, Math 231, Stat 212, Stat 400. For more information, please visit the SSC website at

Chemistry Tutoring

The Chemistry Learning Center provides a variety of options if you need to find a chemistry tutor. Please see their web site for specific information.

Mathematics Tutoring

The Department of Mathematics offers free tutoring for students in select math courses.  Consult the math website for the schedule for each specific course and to find a list of private tutors. Tutoring hours may change during exam weeks or due to special circumstances; students should check their course webpage for up-to-date information. Tutoring is MOST effective when students seek it little by little throughout the semester. The tutoring rooms are usually packed right before exams, but cramming may not lead to success on math exams.

Physics Tutoring

Fee-based tutoring is available through the Physics Department (from $5 to $40/hr).  Visit the Physics course web site for more information.

Economics Tutoring

The Department of Economics Tutor Center is located in room 15 (basement) David Kinley Hall and is open Monday-Thursday, 1-5 PM . Tutors are advanced-level ECON undergraduate students who meet high academic and tutoring standards. This tutoring service is free and available to any and all undergraduate students taking ECON 102, 103, 202, 203, 302, 303 or MATH 220, 221 or 231. For a detailed list of Tutors, please click on the link below to find the hours they work (subject to change), additional coursework they tutor, and general information.

Economics Tutoring Center

Tutors are able to assist with general questions and concepts. Specific questions about homework or tests should be directed towards your TA or Instructor during office hours.

Office of Minority Student Affairs

The Office of Minority Student Affairs offers a variety of free tutoring and academic services. Matched and drop-in tutoring along with Supplemental Instruction (SI), collaborative learning/study groups, and academic skills workshops are among the services featured in the OMSA ASC.

OMSA's services are designed to help students achieve in college. The level of rigor at the University of Illinois is different than in high school or community college. No matter how you performed before attending Illinois, there is always room to examine and hone your study skills. To learn more about these services, visit

To make the most of your tutoring and workshop session(s):

  • Request a tutor at the beginning of the term.
  • Come to each of your tutoring or workshop sessions prepared. Preparation includes bringing with you your textbooks, notes, and specific questions concerning the material. The more you prepare, the more you will get out of the session.
  • Tutors do not serve as a substitute for our instructional faculty. They will not "lecture" or "re-teach." They will provide strategies to help you improve your approach to mastering your course content. Tutoring is not a substitute for missed classes. If you miss class, make sure you get notes from a classmate and meet with your professor during office hours.

Residence Halls Tutoring

Many residence halls on campus offer free drop-in tutoring in Math, Chemistry, Physics and Writing.  Check with your Resident Director for more information.

Writer’s Workshop

The Writers' Workshop, part of the Center for Writing Studies, provides free writing assistance for University of Illinois students, faculty and staff from all disciplines and levels. Discuss your writing with consultants who are experienced writers and teachers of writing.  Consultants are available to meet at the MCB Learning Center for 50 minute appointments. Consult their website for specific hours and additional information.

Biology Virtual Library

The Biology Virtual Library has served the Schools of Life Sciences on campus since 1959. As a virtual space, the online library has a customized Easy Search tab for the Biological Sciences and links to frequently used databases and other useful resources. Subject areas include all aspects of the biological sciences, biochemistry, and bioengineering. The print collection is now housed in the Funk/ACES Library.

Kelli Trei, our biology librarian is available to help you with any of your information or research needs. Don't hesitate to reach out to her for assistance.

Counseling Services

The Counseling Center
110 Turner Student Services Building
610 East John Street
Champaign, IL 61820
Phone: (217) 333-3704 or (217) 333-3701

Mental Health Clinic
McKinley Health Center, 3rd Floor
1109 South Lincoln Avenue
Urbana, IL 61801
Phone: (217) 333-2705
Crisis Line: (217) 359-4141

Psychological Services Center
505 East Green Street, 3rd Floor
Champaign, IL 61820
Phone: (217) 333-0041

Financial Assistance

Office of Student Financial Aid (OFSA)
OFSA Scholarships
OFSA Employment
Research Funding
The National Name Exchange, to help match graduate schools with minority students interested in graduate education


Student Health Insurance Information

Medical Withdrawal information

McKinley Health Center
1109 South Lincoln Avenue
Urbana, Illinois, 61801

Dial-A-Nurse is a telephone service available only to registered students at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus. Dial-A-Nurse answers questions about illnesses, injuries or other health concerns. Depending on the nature of the problem, the nurse may suggest basic first-aid, a visit to the Health Center's self-care center, an appointment at the Center, coming immediately to the Center or a visit to the emergency department of a community hospital. Information discussed with the Dial-A-Nurse is entered on the medical record and is confidential. Information provided by the Dial-A-Nurse is consultative and should not be considered a definitive diagnosis or treatment.

To reach Dial-A-Nurse, call (217) 333-2700, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


  • Ambulance or emergency situations dial: 911(from campus 9-911)
  • Police: In an emergency dial 911 or 9-911(campus) - for non-emergencies call: 333-8911
  • Illinois Poison Center: 1-800-942-5969 or TTY 1-312-906-6185
  • U of I Emergency Dean Service: 217-333-0050
  • AFTER HOURS PSYCHOLOGICAL EMERGENCIES AND OTHER CRITICAL PROBLEMS (e.g., serious illness, death in the family, severe anxiety, suicidal crisis)
    The Counseling Center and McKinley's Mental Health Department collaborate with the Champaign County Mental Health Center to provide students with Psychological Emergency Services. Services are available 24 hours per day, 365 days a year, and focus on problems that need to be addressed immediately. 359-4141

Emergency Room facilities in Urbana-Champaign:

 Provena Covenant Medical Center
 1400 W. Park St.
 Urbana, IL 61801

 Carle Foundation Hospital
 611 W. Park St.
 Urbana, IL 61801

Health Resource Centers on Campus

Health Resource Center
at McKinley Health Center

Information/HRC counter in the Main Lobby

1109 South Lincoln Avenue
Urbana, Illinois, 61801

Hours of operation

Monday - Friday
from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

HealthResource Center
at the Illini Union

Illini Union, Room 40, lower level
1401 West Green Street
Urbana, Illinois 61801

Hoursof operation

Monday - Friday,
from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

  Satellite Locations and Hours of Operation

African American Cultural Program
708 South Mathews - located at the cultural center
Urbana, Illinois, 61801
Hours of operation

Monday and Tuesday
from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Asian American Cultural Center
1210 West Nevada
Urbana, Illinois, 61801

Hours of operation

from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m

La Casa Cultural Latina
1203 West Nevada - library on 2nd floor
Urbana, Illinois, 61801
Hours of operation

from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Native American House
1206 West Nevada - Main Lobby
Urbana, Illinois, 61801
Hours of operation

from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m

AIDS Hotline

AIDS and STD Hotline
Phone: (217) 351-2437

Substance Abuse

McKinely Health Education
McKinley Health Center
1109 South Lincoln Avenue
Urbana, IL 61801
Phone: (217) 333-2714

Alcohol and Other Drug Program
333 McKinley Health Center
1109 South Lincoln Avenue
Urbana, IL 61801
Phone: (217) 333-7557

Disability and Rehabilitation Services

Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES)
Provides academic support and accommodations
1207 South Oak Street
Champaign, IL 61820
Phone: (217) 333-1970

Cultural Centers

African American Cultural Center
Asian American Cultural Center
La Casa Cultural Latina
Native American House

Child Care and Support

Child Development Laboratory
1105 W. Nevada Street
Urbana, IL 61801

Grant to fund child care

Safety and Emergency

Emergency—Police, Fire, or Ambulance: 9-911

Phone: (217) 359-4141

MTD SafeRides
Phone: (217) 265-RIDE

Nonemergency Police: (217) 333-1216

Rape Crisis Hotline: (217) 355-5203 or (217) 384-4444

Psychological Emergency Services (Suicide Team): (217) 244-7911

Contact with questions or corrections.