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SOAR: New Student Orientation

Welcome to SOAR: New Student Orientation

Due to safety precautions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, SOAR summer sessions will take place virtually.

All students are required to pick a SOAR group from the options below. Each group will attend two 3-hour sessions throughout the summer. This cohort model is designed for students to get to know other students within their SOAR group, explore campus resources, learn about the academic and advising process, and get introduced to key technology services that you will use throughout your experience at Illinois Tech.

SOAR participants will be able to...

  • Explain your academic requirements and expectations 
  • Identify resources that will assist you in succeeding academically and socially at Illinois Tech 
  • Describe how to get involved within the Office of Campus Life and Campus Recreation at Illinois Tech 
  • Describe ways that you can help create an inclusive community 
  • Understand how to navigate the technology services that you will use throughout your experience at Illinois Tech 
  • Understand the purpose of higher education and identify how it relates to your education goals 
  • Describe the rights and responsibilities associated with being a part of the Illinois Tech campus community 
  • Be familiar with faculty, staff, and students on campus 

Pick Your Virtual SOAR Group (Required)

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SOAR Campus Experience (Optional)

SOAR Campus Experiences are in-person, customized and planned by our student SOAR leaders and are specifically unique to your interests. Activities may include an insider campus tour; an experiential learning project in our IDEA shop; a global service project using virtual software and tools; and a picnic on one of our outdoor green spaces or in one of our state-of-the-art buildings with up to five other incoming students.

Parents and family members are welcome to attend, though they will have their own selection of activities to choose from so that incoming students are able to connect with their peers on a more personal level. SOAR Campus Experiences are optional and designed to complement our required online sessions.


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Family SOAR

College isn't just a new experience for the students—it's also a family experience! Family members are invited to attend an optional virtual Family SOAR, offered during select dates throughout the summer. At Family SOAR, you will learn about the different ways you can support your student as well as hear from Illinois Tech leadership and participate in a Family and Staff chat.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some frequently asked questions for you to learn more about SOAR.

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