College is right around the corner! It’s finally time to start packing and planning for your first week at Illinois. Welcome Days is a great opportunity to get acclimated to campus life and for us to introduce you to the wonderful resources and opportunities that Illinois has to offer. Also called Fall Orientation, Welcome Days is from August 22 to 25, 2019.
If you’re a planner, here’s a schedule of all of the events you can attend during Welcome Days as well as New Student Programs’ homepage for first-year students. I would also recommend downloading the Illinois Student Affairs app in order to stay updated on any changes to the schedule. But before you go, let me detail some of the featured events that are happening during Welcome Days!
Thursday, August 22
One of the most important and exciting things that happens on the first day of Welcome Days is move-in! If you’re looking for information about what to bring to college look no further!
Once you’re done setting up your room, we have plenty of activities for you to participate in so you can meet new people and make lifelong friends. These include I-Skate at the Ice Arena and Welcome Days Kick Off! at the State Farm Center.
Friday, August 23
New Student Convocation is a ceremony to welcome new students to the University of Illinois and marks the official beginning of your entry into our community! Immediately following, you will head out to the tailgating lots for lunch with your colleges! This is a great opportunity to meet and eat lunch with some of the other students, faculty, and staff who are in the same college as you!
On Friday, you’ll also have a chance to meet with your academic community (note: Engineering will meet on Saturday). Make sure to check the Welcome Days calendar to see where and what time your college will be meeting.
Another really cool event on Friday is the Illini Union LateNighter. Bring your roommate and new friends to enjoy comedians, a hypnotist, food, games, giveaways, bowling, and billiards. All for FREE! It’s your chance to explore the Illini Union and see why it is the center of campus activity throughout the year.
Saturday, August 24
If you want to learn about Illinois traditions, meet players and coaches from our varsity athletic teams, and participate in the iconic Block I class photo, look no further than Illinois Sights and Sounds.
After Illinois Sights and Sounds, you’ll be able to watch a movie at Memorial Stadium with all of your new friends!
Sunday, August 25
Illini Union Quad Day is one of the coolest events that happens during Welcome Days, because it’s your chance to get involved on Illinois’ campus before classes even start. Over 700 of our Registered Student Organizations (RSOs), campus activities, and community organizations will have booths set up on the Main Quad as well as in the surrounding streets. You can go and check them out in order to see which ones you want to sign up for! It’s a great way for you to make friends with those you already have something in common with, as well as meet people whom you may not live with or take classes with.
If all of these activities and events that you’re able to attend didn’t get you excited for Welcome Days, go ahead and checkout this video with some footage from Move-In Day as well as Welcome Days.
Now that you’re pumped for Move-In, Welcome Days, and College Life in general, let the countdown begin!