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    Office of Campus Life: SOAR

    3201 S. State St.
    McCormick Tribune Campus Center
    Chicago, IL 60616

    Phone: 312.567.3720
    Fax: 312.567.3719

    SOAR Frequently Asked Questions

    Below are a few frequently asked questions from incoming students and families.

    What can I expect at SOAR?

    SOAR is a strategically organized program designed for students to leave feeling comfortable with their arrival at Illinois Tech in the Fall and Spring semesters. While at SOAR, you will learn about the wide variety of student activities and services at Illinois Tech. There will be many opportunities to ask questions and to learn about the campus culture and the life of Illinois Tech students. You will possibly make some friends with incoming and current students, as well as an individual advising session with a faculty advisor in your major program.

    What does the SOAR Schedule look like?

    SOAR at Illinois Tech is a two day program. We offer two tracks, one for incoming new students and one for family members of new students. Each track is tailored for each group.

    Spring SOAR Sample
    Undergraduate SOAR Schedule

    Summer SOAR Sample
    Student SOAR Schedule
    Family SOAR Schedule

    What if I am an undecided major?

    Being undecided is not something to worry about when entering Illinois Tech. There will be faculty advisors at SOAR specifically for undecided students. Illinois Tech encourages students to take the time to choose the major that is right for them and there are many resources available at SOAR as well as after your arrival on campus that can help you through this exploration process.

    Do I need to attend SOAR if I have already spoken with my advisor?

    It is great that you have already made contact with faculty on campus! However, there is much more than academic advising that goes into SOAR that we would not want you to miss out on. This includes information on housing, dining services, student activities, and many other resources. Unfortunately, an academic advisor may not know the answers to all the questions you have regarding other opportunities and resources on campus.

    Another benefit of attending SOAR is that if you decide to attend Sessions I-VI your VENTRA will be ready for you as soon as you move on to campus in August!

    Who are the student SOAR Leaders?

    The students on the SOAR team go through a competitive application process in order to have the opportunity to assist incoming Illinois Tech students. Student Life Leader selection selects students from different backgrounds including international students as well as differing majors, and involvement across campus. They are eager to answer all of their questions and have some fun with you in the process!

    Why do I have to pay to attend SOAR for Family?

    Paying for SOAR allows Illinois Tech to provide meals in our Commons dining hall as well as staffing and other accommodations throughout your stay at Illinois Tech.

    Who runs SOAR at Illinois Tech?

    The SOAR program is run by the Office of Campus Life under the Division of Student Affairs and headed by Tricia Banach. She can be reached at She works closely with all of the academic colleges and resource offices on campus to provide an all encompassing view of Illinois Tech during your visit. The SOAR Leaders are also an intrincal part of SOAR and are carefully selected campus leaders who will serve as mentors and friends through the process of becoming an Illinois Tech student. They provide a real student's perspective about what it is to be an Illinois Tech student.

    Why does SOAR Matter?

    There are many reasons as to why we believe SOAR is important to the success of our new students at Illinois Tech. Here are a few that you can look forward to when you attend!

    Staff & Faculty Introductions – It’s all about the relationships, especially the ones that will be helping students along every step of the way from that first day to the final day at graduation.

    Campus Tours – Familiarity with the campus gives students comfort. It’s beneficial to “see” where the computer lab, library and other important rooms are located. This is also when we spend time showing students how to navigate through the internal computer system, MyIIT.

    Class Schedule Assistance – This is a great time for students to receive help answering questions about their class schedule.

    Experience Campus Life – It’s a great time to see and feel what campus life is like!

    Understand Expectations – We are a university that is serious about ensuring our students are successful while at Illinois Tech and once they graduate. It is important for new students to understand the expectations needed for graduation and beyond.

    Make Friends – Some of the closest friends are the ones students meet at SOAR. It’s important to have friends who can share this exciting journey with you. Who knows, you may meet your new best friend!

    Jerry Hughes. (January 28, 2013 ). 6 Reasons Why Orientation Matters. In Globe University Blog. Retrieved February 18, 2013, from


    If you have any more questions please contact Tricia Banach, Coordinator of Campus Life and SOAR, at 312.567.3174 or

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