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Readying Illinois Students for Excellence (RISE) is a FREE program for select first-year students, so that they may register for Fall courses, gain leadership skills, and locate valuable resources about where to go for help, advice, and fun at Illinois. But don't take our word for it.

RISE participants will also:

  • Learn how to talk with your faculty both in and out of the classroom.
  • Gain skills to balance academics, extra-curricular involvement and friendships while on campus.
  • Meet student leaders and other new students at Illinois.
  • Parents will learn how to assist you in the transition and hear about various campus resources.

RISE is a collaboration between New Student Programs, the Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations, and Office of the Provost.

Saturday, June 9 – Monday, June 11, 2018

The following colleges will be participating and registering students, on June 11, attending RISE on June 9 ā€“ 11:

  • College of Social Work
  • College of Media
  • College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences
  • College of Engineering
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Division of General Studies
  • College of Fine and Applied Arts
  • College of Education
  • College of Applied Health Sciences

Monday, June 18 – Wednesday, June 20, 2018

The following colleges will be participating and registering students, on June 20, attending RISE on June 18 ā€“ 20:

  • College of Social Work
  • College of Media
  • College of Business
  • College of Engineering
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Division of General Studies
  • College of Education

Register for RISE 2018 »

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Space is limited due to registration and advising capacities. We will do our best to accommodate as many students as possible.

Additional questions? Contact New Student Programs at newstudent@illinois.edu or call (217) 333-4057.

Schedule of Events

The following is a basic tentative agenda of events for the RISE 2018 program. This program is still being organized and this agenda is subject to change.

Day 1

June 9 or June 18
10:30 am-12 pm

Check-in at Weston Hall

12-1 pm


1-2 pm


2-2:45 pm

Small Group

2:45-4:15 pm

Campus Tour

5-5:15 pm

Break/Group Time

5:15-6:15 pm


6:15-8:15 pm


8:15-8:45 pm

Small Group

9-10:30 pm

Fun at the Union

10:45-11:30 pm

Small Group

Day 2

June 10 or June 19
8 am


8:30 am

Outdoor Icebreaker

9-9:45 am

Academic Real Talk

10-11 am

College Lecture

11-11:30 am

Small Group Time

11:30 am-12 pm

PNC Bank

12-12:45 pm


12:45-2:45 pm


3-4:15 pm

Strengths Quest

4:15-5:15 pm

Wait I'm a College Student

5:15-5:45 pm


6-8 pm

Closing Banquet

8:15-9:45 pm

Think Fast

10-10:30 pm

Small Group

10:30-11:30 pm

Fun and Games

Day 3

June 11 or June 20
7-7:30 am

Breakfast with Small Group & Check-out

7:30-8:30 am

RISE Check-out walk over to Union

8:45-9 am

Summer Registration Check-in and Meet up with Family Members

9-9:45 am

University Welcome

9:45-10:15 am

Head to College Meeting

10:15-11:30 am

College Meeting

11:30 am-1 pm


1-5 pm

Course Registration

Frequently Asked Questions

RISE is a 3 day FREE orientation and registration program designed to assist incoming students attending Illinois in their transition to campus. Students attend their summer registration program, after an expanded opportunity to learn more about college and the University of Illinois. RISE provides leadership opportunities, knowledge of campus resources, connections to faculty and staff and connections to other students.

Select students will have RISE listed as an option in their Summer Registration program. Included in this list are first-generation college students, Pell Grant eligible students, and underrepresented students.

All participants will stay in Scott Hall (202 E. Peabody Champaign, IL 61820). All rooms are air-conditioned and have new furniture. You will be provided with a pillow, mattress, blanket, towels, wash cloths, toilet paper and linens for your bed. Please bring your own soap products and personal items for your stay.

Buses to and from Chicago are available on a limited basis to students from Chicago who attend the second session. Unfortunately, we are not otherwise able to provide transportation for RISE. If you are unable to drive to campus, we encourage you to research local public transportation.

After you sign up for RISE, you will receive an e-mail from the RISE coordinators with a packing list. We will ask that you bring one business casual outfit for our certificate program at the end of the experience.

Every participant will be held to the University Code of Conduct. This is a drug-free/alcohol-free program. Any student found to be in possession or participating in any consumption of alcohol or non-prescribed drugs will be expelled from the program immediately. The participant found in violation will be evicted from the residence hall immediately.

Your parent(s) and family are encouraged to come to Parent Orientation with the Summer Registration program. They will learn about campus resources and how to assist you through the transition to Illinois. We do not provide overnight accommodations for parents or guests.