Early Alerts Information for Students

What are Early Alerts and how do they help me?

The Early Alerts program at UIC is a system designed to help you get assistance if you are struggling in a select set of courses that you will likely take as a first-year student.

Through Early Alerts you will be notified by a professor or advisor through email in Week 5 and 6 of the every semester if you have received an alert. Professors are asked to provide alerts in a specific set of courses for students who are currently receiving a D/F/U in the course.

What should I do if I get an alert through email?

If you receive an alert, you may need to contact your professor or advisor (or both) to work through how to resolve your challenges in your course. The Early Alerts are designed to provide you with the earliest official feedback possible so that you have the opportunity to resolve your situation.

How are Early Alerts different from Midterm Grades?

Early alerts differ from midterm grades in a few different ways. Firstly, alerts are entered in a system so that your instructor or advisor notifies you. They are not viewable like midterm grades. The key thing to remember is that if you get an email from a professor or advisor, don’t ignore it. Alerts are completed at a time in the semester where you have 75% of the semester left to improve your performance.

What courses have Early Alerts?

The following courses have Early Alerts:

ENGL 050 – ENGL 161
CHEM 101, CHEM 122, CHEM 123, CHEM 124, CHEM 125, and CHEM 232
MATH 090, MATH 110, MATH 118, MATH 121, MATH 125, MATH 165, MATH 180, MATH 181, and MATH 210

Language courses:
CHIN 101 – CHIN 104
FR 101 – FR 104
ITAL 101 – ITAL 104
GER 101 – GER 104
POL 101 – POL 104
RUSS 101 – RUSS 104
SPAN 101 – 104
SPAN 113 and SPAN 114