Begin your journey to Illinois
The best way to decide if Illinois is right for you is to experience campus first-hand. Our goal is to make your visit as informational and worthwhile as possible. In order to fit your schedule and interests, we offer several options.
Come for a few hours, a day, or even overnight! Don’t be surprised if you’re not ready to leave.
Prospective Freshman Visits
The University's Office of Undergraduate Admissions offers prospective freshmen 2 options. Held most weekdays and select Saturdays, Daily Visits are around 2 1/2 hours in length and include an overview of Illinois, a student panel, and a campus tour. You can also request a meeting with us in Engineering if visiting on a weekday.
Orange and Blue Days are larger, day-long open houses that also include presentations by Housing and Financial Aid, housing tours, college sessions, and a variety of optional activities.
We then encourage you to join us for an Engineering campus tour and information session, which begins at 2:00 p.m. For the session, you'll be able to ask engineering-specific questions to deans and academic advisors. Plan for about an hour and a half for the tour and another thirty minutes for the Q & A.
Want to visit during one of our academic breaks? Call 217-333-2280.
Admitted Freshman Visits
The University's Office of Undergraduate Admissions offers admitted freshmen 2 options.
1. Held most weekdays and select Saturdays, Admitted Daily Visits are smaller in size and last about 2 1/2 hours. They include an overview of Illinois, a student panel, and a campus tour. You can also request a meeting with us in Engineering if visiting on a weekday.
2. Illini Days are larger, day-long open houses held on select dates. In addition to an overview and a student panel, you’ll choose from activities like college and departmental meetings, walk-in hours with Financial Aid and Housing, tours, and more.
In conjunction with the university's Orange & Blue Days, the Women in Engineering Program will be holding an afternoon reception (1-2 p.m. in Illini Union 210) for all admitted female engineers and their parents to give them the opportunity to meet current Engineering students and faculty. All women interested in engineering fields are welcome to attend, including future Agricultural & Biological Engineers and Chemical Engineers. Light refreshments will be served.
Prospective Transfer Visits
The University's Office of Undergraduate Admissions offers transfer students 2 options. Transfer Information Sessions are around 2 1/2 hours in length and include an overview of Illinois, a student panel, and a campus tour. You can also request a meeting with us in Engineering. Transfer Orange and Blue Days are larger, day-long open houses that also include presentations by Housing and Financial aid, housing tours, college sessions, and a variety of optional activities.
Grainger Engineering Days - Prospective
Organized by the student-run Engineering Outreach Bureau offers programs that are designed to host prospective students and their parents. These visits are managed separately from campus or college visit programs. There is a fee of $20, or $40 if a parking space is needed. Each additional guest is $10.
Women In Engineering Visits - Prospective or Admitted
For female engineers, add to your visit by meeting with a dean, attending a reception, talking with current women in engineering, and much more!
Engineering Webinars - Prospective or Admitted
Engineering Webinars are hosted three times each semester. Our live webinars give prospective engineers the opportunity to hear about engineering majors, academics, applications, and campus life. Additionally, at the end of each session you will get the opportunity to ask current students and an engineering dean any questions you may have.
Organized by student-run Engineering Council and the Engineering Outreach Bureau.
Shadow an Engineer (Prospective or Admitted)
This is your chance to spend a day with a current engineering student and experience campus life as you will once a student here. You will sit in on lectures, see residence halls and facilities, and most importantly, have time to talk with current students about their experiences.
Organized by student-run Engineering Council and the Engineering Outreach Bureau. Dates and times are customized for you.
Little Sisters Weekend - Admitted Freshmen
Join the Illinois Society of Women Engineers (SWE) for Little Sisters Weekend! At this two-night event (Thursday, April 5th starting at 4pm through Saturday, April 7th at 10am), women admitted into engineering disciplines for Fall 2019 will have an opportunity to meet and room with current women engineering students in SWE for the weekend. Activities include attending Friday's classes, previewing residence hall life, and learning about various areas of interest from current students. There is a fee of $20.
All About Engineering Weekend - Admitted
All About Engineering is an annual, overnight recruitment event hosted by the sisters of Alpha Omega Epsilon Sorority. We invite women who are newly admitted to the Grainger College of Engineering for Fall 2019 to come to campus for a weekend (Friday, April 20 - Saturday, April 21). We help you get to know AΩE and the university better. By introducing you to engineering, the campus, and future classmates/friends, we hope to ensure that you will become more comfortable and excited about your coming years at Illinois! There is a fee of $20.
Student Introduction to Engineering (SITE) - Admitted
SITE is a three-day, interactive, informational, unique program hosted by current students in Engineering Council. It allows you to explore and experience life as an engineering student here in Urbana-Champaign. We promise no sugarcoating and no sales pitch. From day one, we show you everything Illinois has to offer to your education, social circles, and personal growth. Be curious with us and we will be candid with you. There is a fee of $140.
Engineering Open House (EOH) - Prospective, Admitted, All Ages
Engineering Open House is an annual student-led event featuring two days of exciting exhibits and captivating competitions that showcase the talent and ingenuity of engineering students at the University of Illinois. It is held annually during the 2nd Friday and Saturday of March. The event is open to the public at no cost. Families, students, and community members are invited to come and experience the atmosphere of innovation and creativity.