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For parents

This series of articles is intended for parents and families of LAS students, covering topics that may come up throughout the school year. If you'd like to keep up with all of the college's news, sign up for our monthly enewsletter.

Major changes

It is not unusual for undergraduates to change their major. If your student indicates that she or he is thinking about a change in major, here are a few things to consider.

The privacy of student educational records

Here in the LAS Student Academic Affairs office, we sometimes hear from parents who want to talk with us about how their son or daughter is doing in school. When we receive one of these calls, it’s an opportunity for our advisers to explain the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, or FERPA.

Choosing the right course

Our advisers see lots of activity both online and in the LAS Student Academic Affairs office as our continuing students register. Choosing which course to take can be difficult: Last year, in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences alone, there were more than 3,200 separate course sections offered.

Some advice on academic advising

Academic advisers can help students in a variety of ways. These tips are designed to help your student work most effectively with her or his adviser.

Consider summer courses

Many undergraduate students see summer courses as an integral part of their overall degree plan. They can choose from hundreds of courses Illinois offers both on campus and online.