Hawk Preview Days

An event by students, for students

What is Hawk Preview Days?

Hawk Preview Days is our early welcome for admitted students.

You worked hard on your admissions, time to celebrate your admissions and become a thriving member of the Illinois Tech community. This event consists of many fun filled sessions and academic focused learning opportunities; you are welcome to attend as many sessions as you like!

Why join for Hawk Preview Days? Simple, it is an opportunity to — Discover the resources Illinois Tech has to offer you. Create under the guidance of Illinois Tech faculty and students. Solve obstacles that come your way with Illinois Tech support.   


Thursday, March 23 – Friday, March 24, 2023

What should I expect at Hawk Preview Days?

Throughout Hawk Preview Days, you'll have the opportunity to learn about the hands-on experiences that Illinois Tech offers, explore different parts of campus and Chicago, and meet faculty, students, and your future classmates! You'll be able to:

  • Meet faculty and learn about your major in academic sessions
  • Build your Elevate Your Future plan with your peer mentor
  • Apply for a virtual internship event before starting your college journey
  • Create an individualized budget with financial aid experts
  • Tour labs and participate in different mini-research opportunities
  • Experience the Interprofessional Projects (IPRO) Program
  • Attend meet and greets with student clubs and athletics
  • Make friends at one of Illinois Tech's most popular student events — Late Niite at MTCC
  • ...and so much more!

Happening at Hawk Preview Day 2023

Plan your trip and experiences for Hawk Preview Day with our quick overview below. Be sure to check back for a detailed agenda coming soon!


Day 1 - Thursday March 23

Time Activity
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Check-In
10 a.m. - 11 a.m. Breakfast
11 a.m. - 11: 45 a.m. Chicago Difference Session, Tours and more
12 p.m. - 1 p.m. Lunch

1 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

Tours and Academic Sessions

2 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Leadership Activity
3 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. Tours and Academic Sessions

4 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Pizza Dinner
7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Evening Activities

Day 2 - Friday March 24

Time Activity
9 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Breakfast and Chat
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Check-In
10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Counselor Corner
10 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Tours and Sessions
12 p.m. - 1 p.m. Lunch

1 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

Tours and Academic Sessions

2 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

*Academic Sessions
3 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. Tours and Academic Sessions

4 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Parent and Student Panels
4 p.m. - 5 p.m. Check-Out
5 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Dinner at The BOG 
9 p.m. - 12 a.m.

MTCC Late Niite

*Sessions are dependent on college representatives available, more info to come! 


Is there accommodation for out-of-state students and families?

For students and families requiring accommodation during Hawk Preview Days 2023 we provide rooms at the Hampton Inn Chicago McCormick Place at a special rate of $99/ per night. Reservations at this special rate need to be made using this link. All reservations must be made no later than Thursday, March 16, 2023, 4pm CST.

Click here for directions from the Hampton Inn Chicago McCormick Place to Campus. 

What safety measures surrounding COVID-19 should I be aware of?

We will no longer be requiring proof of vaccine or negative test results upon arrival on campus. Face masks are optional, however strongly encouraged while inside Illinois Tech buildings.

On-campus overnight guests are mandated to have the required vaccination doses and at least one booster (if eligible). Overnight guests do not have to show a negative COVID-19 test.