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, gain a better understanding of what classes to register for, and learn about many of the campus resources available for our students. 

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 & department introductions – It’s all about the relationships that help students along every step of the way from that first day to commencement.
  • Virtual Tours – Familiarity with campus gives students comfort and helps them better navigate their first week on campus. It’s beneficial to “see” where the computer lab, library and other important rooms are located. 
  • 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, even in a virtual world! 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 students meet at SOAR. It’s important to have peers who can share this exciting journey with you. 


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

Once you submit your enrollment deposit, you should receive an invitation to register for SOAR within a week. If you still have not received any information, please email Please lookout for a confirmation email the week before SOAR with the schedule and additional information pertaining to orientation. Furthermore, if you do not receive an email please check your email's Spam/Promotions folders and then update you email settings so we're on your safe send list.

My Academics

What if I am an undecided major?

If you are undecided on your major - don't worry! There will be faculty advisers available throughout virtual Welcome Week to chat with undecided students. Illinois Tech encourages students to take the time to choose the major that is right for them. There are many resources available at SOAR as well as after a student's arrival on campus that can help them through this exploration process.

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

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. This includes information on campus resources, activities, and community!


When is Move-In day?

Move-in day for international students begins August 14. For students who live in the U.S., move-in day is August 16. Click here for more information about Residence Hall Move-In.

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

As an international student, this is a reminder that you are required to check-in 24 hours within arriving in the United States. If you are a student enrolled at another school transferring in your SEVIS ID, you are still required to check-in to the I-Center.   

  • Please access the International Center’s check-in form here.
  • To check-in, please have your passport, local U.S. address and telephone number ready. 
  • If you have any questions regarding the check-in process, please connect with the I-Center or schedule an international student advising appointment here.

Holds will be removed from your account after you have checked-in. The new  international student hold does NOT prevent a student from registering for classes. Students only need to check in with the International Center staff once.


Who are SOAR leaders?

SOAR Leaders are current Illinois Tech students who have gone through a competitive application process and intensive training in order to have the opportunity to assist incoming Illinois Tech students. They are eager to answer all of their questions and have some fun with you in the process! 

Who organizes SOAR at Illinois Tech?

The SOAR program is run by the Office of Undergraduate Admission. You can reach us by emailing or calling 312-567-3025. The Office of Undergraduate Admission works closely with all of the academic colleges and resource offices on campus to provide an all encompassing view of Illinois Tech during your virtual visit. The SOAR Leaders are also an integral 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.

What Are the Major Offices Students Need to Know About?

Below, please find a list of offices commonly referred to by new students.

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