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RISE group photo
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RISE group photo

Applications for RISE are now closed.

As of May 10, we have reached capacity for bus transportation to and from the University of Illinois from the Chicago area for RISE Session 2. Students that request bus transportation after May 10 to RISE session 2 will be put on a waitlist. Students will be contacted (by email) if a seat on the bus becomes available.

RISE (Readying Illinois Students for Excellence) is a FREE three-day, two-night program allowing in state, first-generation, Pell grant eligible, or underrepresented students the opportunity to CONNECT, become familiar with campus, and REGISTER for classes during New Student Registration.

With RISE, students get the opportunity to immerse themselves in the University of Illinois experience by NAVIGATING campus, interacting with peers from similar backgrounds, staying in a university residence hall, attending a mock university lecture, interacting with valuable campus resources … and MORE!

Students that attend RISE will feel EMPOWERED to take the next steps as they TRANSITION from high school to university life!

But don’t take our word for it … hear from some RISE alums!

Come and join fellow students as you take your first step in becoming a part of the University of Illinois Family!