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Before Classes Begin

Pre-term Academic and Career Essentials Program

The all new, fully online Pre-term Academic and Career Essentials Program at Illinois Tech’s Stuart School of Business (Stuart Pre-term) provides an interactive, purposeful, and relevant preparatory experience for all new Stuart School graduate students, with activities before classes begin and continuing after the semester starts.

During the Stuart Pre-term, new students will:

  • Interact with faculty, staff, alumni, current students, and other new students
  • Actively practice the competencies necessary for academic and professional success
  • Address acclimation needs and administrative requirements
  • Begin preparations for their careers after graduation

Fall 2020 Pre-term Checklist: Before Classes Begin

Before August 17, 2020

Fall 2020 Stuart Pre-term begins on August 3.

All new students are required to complete the following activities before Monday, August 17, 2020.

  • Complete the Academic Advising Online Orientation (see email from for online orientation link and log-in information).
  • Sign up for Priority English Assessments (requirements).
  • Register for classes by following the instructions provided in the online orientation
  • Complete Modules 1 and 2 of the Stuart Pre-term course in Blackboard (coming soon)

On-campus students must also:

All students moving to Chicago should plan to arrive on or before Monday, August 17, 2020. When choosing your living arrangements, please keep in mind that the majority of Stuart’s in-person graduate courses are held at Illinois Tech’s Downtown Graduate Campus, which is formally known as the Conviser Law Center.

Week of August 17–23, 2020

All new students are required to attend each of the following webinars at least once during the week of August 17–23, 2020.

  • Illinois Tech Graduate SOARSchedule to be announced
  • Welcome to Stuart—This webinar will be offered twice on Wednesday, August 19, at 10:30 a.m.–noon CDT and again at 4–5:30 p.m. CDT.
  • Academic Overview—This webinar will be offered twice on Thursday, August 20, at 10:30 a.m.–noon CDT and again at 4–5:30 p.m. CDT.

On-campus students must also visit the Illinois Tech Mies (Main) Campus to:

  • Get your HawkCard—Illinois Tech Student ID Card
  • Check-in with the International Center (international students only)
  • Complete Priority English Assessments by Friday, August 21, 2020 (Register or view requirements)

August 24—First day of classes for the fall 2020 semester

Fall 2020 Schedule Overview: Before Classes Begin

Illinois Tech, SOAR, and Stuart Pre-term Schedule

Week of

All New Stuart Students

August 3–9

Complete Pre-term Module 1: Introduction to Stuart School and Academic Readiness

August 10–16

Complete Pre-term Module 2: Stuart Offices and Opportunities

August 17–23

Attend Pre-term Webinars as part of Pre-term Module 3 requirements:

  • Illinois Tech Graduate SOAR
  • Welcome to Stuart—Wednesday, August 19
  • Academic Overview—Thursday, August 20

Attend required Illinois Tech and International Center events.

If unfinished, complete Modules 1 and 2.

August 24

First day of fall 2020 classes!

After the Semester Starts

Stuart School of Business

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