2023 Welcome Week

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2023 Schedule of Events

Schedule information is tentative and subject to change.
All programs are designed specifically for new incoming students, unless otherwise stated.

Thursday, August 17

Illinois Sights & Sounds and Illinois Traditions

Date: Thursday, August 17

Time: 7:30 pm (doors open at 6:45 pm)

Location: Memorial Stadium

Come and join other new students begin their journey at Illinois for an evening of fun and traditions. Illinois Sights & Sounds is one of many programs that introduce students to the what it means to be an Illini and that you, the student, are Illinois. During Illinois Sights & Sounds, you will also begin to learn songs and chants sang at Athletic events or as a greeting when you see another Illini!

Targeted audience: First-year and second-year students

Friday, August 18

New Student Convocation

Date: Friday, August 18

Time: 11:00 am (doors open at 10:30 am)

Location: State Farm Center

New Student Convocation is the University of Illinois’ official welcome for all new incoming undergraduate students and marks the official start to your journey.

Targeted audience: First year students; transfer students

Welcome Celebration

Date: Friday, August 18

Time: directly after New Student Convocation

Location: Lot 31

After New Student Convocation, come join us in Lot 31 for the Welcome Celebration where you will have lunch* and the opportunity to learn about the various resources available on campus to students.

* Meal is for first-year students only.

Targeted audience: First year students; transfer students

College Meetings

Date: Friday, August 18

Time: after Welcome Celebration

Location: Various outdoor spaces on campus (Orientation Leaders will guide you)

Get ready to start your academic journey with your new college mates while meeting and learning more about the college you belong to. Hear from the dean of the college and other senior level administrators as they introduce you to the various opportunities available to you.

Targeted audience: First year students; transfer students

Transfer Student Orientation

Date: Friday, August 18

Time: 6:00 pm

Location: Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

We understand that transferring to a new institution has its nerve wracking and challenging moments. However, with our Transfer Student Orientation, we hope that you will be able to gain some insight into new resources and information that will help you prepare to begin your Illinois journey!

Targeted audience: Transfer students

Saturday, August 19

Quest for Success

Date: Saturday, August 19

Time: TBD

Location: Across campus

Excited to learn campus? Meet one of our Orientation Leaders. Make sure you bring your class schedule!

Targeted audience: First year students; transfer students

Illini Frenzy

Date: Saturday, August 19

Time: 4:00 pm

Location: Activities & Recreation Center (ARC)

Booths will be stationed in the lot for students to receive information and free giveaways from various departments and businesses. Activities, food trucks and more will be onsite for students to enjoy. The first 2,000 students will also receive a FREE Illini Frenzy t-shirt. Come out and join the fun!

Targeted audience: First year students; transfer students

Illini Vibes

Date: Saturday, August 19

Time: 8:00 pm

Location: Student Dining & Residential Program Building (SDRP), Alice Campbell Alumni Center, and Illini Union

Welcome to Illini Vibes — a time where you can come meet new people, laugh until you cry, and just have some fun to end the long week.

Targeted audience: First year students; transfer students

Sunday, August 20

Quad Day

Date: Sunday, August 20

Time: Noon

Location: Main Quad area

Quad Day is one of Illinois's largest traditions! Join us and explore the many opportunities to engage and connect with your fellow students.

Targeted audience: All students