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 encounter challenges in courses that participate in the program. We know that students have challenges for a wide variety of reasons

Through Early Alerts you will be notified by a professor or advisor, likely through email, in Week 5 and 6 of the 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 or who may be encountering other types of challenges.

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

  • If you get an email about this alert, don’t ignore it.
  • Once you’re aware of the alert, if you need assistance, seek out campus resources. UIC has a wide variety of resources on campus for you:
    • You can review the “Student Services” section of your my.UIC portal. It’s mobile friendly and easy to use!
    • You can use our new online tool for finding resources at Check out the links!
    • The Flames Tutoring Network can help you find a variety of options for academic help.
    • And you can always use the Current Students quick links section of the UIC website!
  • If you’re not sure what to do, seek out your instructor and/or academic advisor.

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 is to be proactive. 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 so there’s still time to turn things around.

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, CHEM 232 and CHEM 234
MATH 090, MATH 110, MATH 121, MATH 125, MATH 165, MATH 180

Language courses:
CHIN 101 – CHIN 104
FR 101 – FR 104
ITAL 101 – ITAL 104
GER 101 – GER 104
POL 101 – 104

RUSS 101 – 104

SPAN 101 – 104
SPAN 113 and SPAN 114