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Registration for RISE is now closed.

Do you want the ultimate, immersive new student experience at the University of Illinois?

Get ready for RISE (Readying Illinois Students for Excellence)!

This summer join us to … interact and engage with Illinois faculty, staff, and fellow Illinois students, and get the answers to those most pressing questions with our faculty and student panels!

Navigate our webpage to learn more about accessing a multitude of resources to make your stay at the University of Illinois a breeze and give you the empowerment you’ll need as you transition from high school to University life!

You are one click away from taking your first step in becoming a part of the University of Illinois family!

Students are eligible to register for RISE if they are in-state students AND meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • First-generation college student
  • Identify as a student from an underrepresented population
  • Pell-Grant eligible


Generally, students who are participating in Inbound or RISE are not currently required to show proof of vaccination. If a student displays symptoms, however, they will be asked their vaccination status and will need to show verification. If the student has uploaded their medical documentation to their MyMcKinley account and has downloaded the Illinois app, they will be able to show their building access status. If the student’s medical documentation has not yet been submitted, the student will need to complete a COVID test at a campus testing site. Until the results are received, the student will remain in isolation. If the student tests positive, the student will remain in isolation until a parent/family member comes to pick them up.

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