Welcome to UIUC & RISE

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Congratulations on your acceptance into the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign! We are excited that you have decided to take the first step in your Illinois Journey by participating in RISE (Readying Illinois Students for Excellence).

By participating in RISE, we hope to have you begin to learn about life at the University of Illinois. Through our sessions, you will get to meet fellow first year students from similar backgrounds as yourself. You will get to connect with our amazing faculty, staff, and current students. You will be exposed to several resources available to you at the university. And you will begin to explore how you will begin to write your personal Illinois story.

Take this time to learn all you can, but most importantly, enjoy yourself and do not be afraid to start connecting with your fellow students and building those friendships. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to ask any of our professional staff members or your Orientation Leaders. We cannot wait to meet you!

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With Illini Pride,

Jim Fry,
Assistant Director for New Student Programs