SOAR Overview

What is SOAR?

SOAR, or Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration, is Illinois Tech’s new student orientation
program designed to welcome incoming undergraduate students and their families to campus. SOAR is a
two-day, in-person event focused on providing incoming students with an opportunity to meet
classmates on campus and become familiarized with a variety of departments and campus resources.

Who organizes SOAR at Illinois Tech?

The SOAR program is run by the Office of Campus Life. You can reach us by emailing The
Office of Campus Life works closely with partners from across campus to ensure that a wide range of
topics and resources are covered during your visit.

Who are SOAR Leaders?

Each student who attends SOAR will be assigned a SOAR leader. SOAR Leaders are current Illinois Tech
students who have been hired and trained specifically to assist incoming Illinois Tech students. They are an
integral part of SOAR and are carefully selected campus leaders who 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. Got a question? Ask your SOAR leader!

Attending SOAR

Is SOAR mandatory for students?

SOAR is mandatory for all incoming undergraduate students. Students who participate in the SOAR
program will be able to meet classmates, familiarize themselves with the campus, and learn about many of
the resources available for our students.

How do I register for SOAR?

For more information about SOAR, including event dates and registration, visit our main page.

Will SOAR take place in person?

Yes. This year we are excited to once again be hosting SOAR in-person. We hope you enjoy your visit to

However, international students not stateside should register for International SOAR sessions. These condensed one day sessions will be hosted virtually on Zoom; international students should register here.

What does the SOAR schedule look like?

Regardless of the SOAR session you choose to attend, the program will begin on Thursday morning and end
by Friday at 12 p.m. Throughout SOAR, students and their families will meet with campus partners and
learn about the various resources available at Illinois Tech. There will be plenty of fun activities, too! We
look forward to having you on campus soon.

For a more detailed breakdown of the SOAR schedule, please our SOAR Daily Schedule page.

Why is SOAR important?

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

  • Meet with important campus departments. It's all about the relationships that help students along every step of the way from that first day to commencement.
  • See the Campus. Gaining familiarity with the campus during SOAR will help students better navigate their first semester at Illinois Tech.
  • Experience College. SOAR is a great time to see what campus life is all about. From learning more about student organizations, dining, and the residential experience--there's lots to explore!
  • Make Connections. Some of the closest friends are the ones who meet at SOAR. Meet your peers who will share this exciting journey with you.
Where will I be staying during SOAR?

Students who attend SOAR will stay on campus at our Kacek residence hall. This is a chance for
students to experience what it’s like to live on campus.

If you are a parent, friend, or family member also attending SOAR, off-campus accommodations are
available through our Preferred Partner hotels. For more information about hotel reservations, click

How can I get to campus?

Once you've arrived in Chicago, there are many options for traveling to campus, including Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) buses and trains. If driving a personal vehicle, you can park in lot A4 free of charge. 

What do I need to bring to SOAR?

Bedding and a pillow are provided to those staying at our residence halls during the SOAR program, but you are welcome to bring your own linens from home if you prefer. 

In addition, we recommend bringing any toiletries needed for your stay, as well as a comfortable pair of walking shoes. 

What if I haven't received any information about attending SOAR?

If you have not received any registration information, please email Keep an eye out for a
confirmation email the week before SOAR with the schedule and additional information pertaining to
orientation. Note: If you do not receive an email, we suggest checking your email's Spam/Promotions
folders and then update your email settings so we're on your safe sender list.

My Academics

What if I am an undecided major?

If you are undecided on your major - don't worry! Illinois Tech encourages students to take the time to
choose the major that is right for them. The office of Undergraduate Academic Affairs will present at
SOAR and provide important academic information for both students and parents/families.

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

Yes. It is great that you have already made contact with faculty on campus! However, there is much
more than academics that goes into SOAR that we would not want you to miss. For more information
about the SOAR schedule, click here.

International Student Orientation

What do I need to know about international check-in?

All incoming international students, including transfer-in international students are required to check-in physically with the International Center, within 24 hours of arriving in the United States.  Check-in will take place in person, in the McCormick Tribune Campus Center (MTCC) 3201 South State Street, Chicago, Illinois 60616 starting from July 25th, 2022. The International Center will be open Monday - Friday from 9:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m. 

  • Required documents/information for check-in:
  • Passport with visa stamp
  • I-20
  • Local U.S. address
  • Local telephone number
  • Emergency contact information

The International Check-in student hold will be removed from your account within 24 hours of checking-in. The international check-in hold does NOT prevent a student from registering for classes. Students only need to check in ONCE with the International Center.

Campus Resources

What are the important offices and departments students should know about?

If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission at 312.567.3025 or