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Attending SOAR

IS SOAR MANDATORY FOR STUDENTS?

SOAR (Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration) program is mandatory for all incoming undergraduate students. Students who participate in the SOAR program will be able to meet classmates, meet with their academic advisor, register for classes, 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 & faculty introductions – It’s all about the relationships that help students along every step of the way from that first day to commencement.
  • Campus tours – Familiarity with campus gives students comfort and helps them better naviate their first week on campus. It’s beneficial to “see” where the computer lab, library and other important rooms are located. This is also when we spend time showing students how to use IIT's internal portal system, MyIIT.
  • 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! From learning more about student organizations, dining, and the residential experience- there's lots to explore!
  • Understand expectations – We are a university that is serious about ensuring our students are successful students and alumni. It is important for new students to understand the expectations needed for graduation and beyond.
  • 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 CAN I EXPECT AT SOAR?

SOAR is a strategically organized program designed for students to leave feeling comfortable with their arrival at Illinois Tech in the fall and spring semesters. While at SOAR, you will learn about the wide variety of student resources, activities and services at Illinois Tech. There will be many opportunities to ask questions and to learn about the campus culture and the life of Illinois Tech students. You'll have the opportunity to meet incoming and current students, as well as participate in an individual academic advising session with a faculty advisor in your program of study. First-year and transfer students will stay overnight in one of our residence halls to have the opportunity to learn more about our residential communities and build bonds with their future classmates!

how do i register for soar?

Students, family members, and supporters who would like to register for SOAR, please click here to see which date best works for you.  If you have any problems getting registered, please let us know by emailing soar@iit.edu or calling the office 312.567.3720

who should attend soar?

SOAR is mandatory to all new undergraduate (first-year and transfer) and Graduate students. Please note that it is required that undergraduate students stay overnight on campus for SOAR during the Summer SOAR program. August and January SOAR dates will not have an overnight requirement. 

Family members of students attending SOAR will have their own orientation program, but it is not required to attend.

WHY DO I HAVE TO PAY TO ATTEND FAMILY SOAR?

Paying for Family SOAR allows Illinois Tech to provide meals, staffing and other accommodations throughout your time on campus.

WHAT IF I HAVEN'T RECEIVED ANY INFORMATION ABOUT SOAR?

All information about SOAR will be sent in your deposit packet.  If you still have not received any information, please email soar@iit.edu. Please lookout for a confirmation email the week before SOAR with the schedule, parking pass, and additional information pertaining to orientation. All emails get sent to the Illinois Tech email address. 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.

LOGISTICS OF SOAR

WHAT SHOULD I BRING TO SOAR?

  • For your overnight stay, you might want to bring the following items:
    • Pillow
    • Towel
    • Blanket
    • Toiletries
    • Pajamas
    • Change of clothes
    • Medication
  • Items for Orientation:
    • Unofficial transcript
    • State issued identification/Passport
    • Proof of medical insurance

WHAT DOES THE SOAR SCHEDULE LOOK LIKE?

For Undergraduate and Family SOAR, the SOAR Program will begin at 8:00 AM with check-In. Both programs run concurrently with each other and both programs will end around 3:30 PM the second day. This is the schedule you will receive at check-in.

For Graduate and Transfer SOAR, the SOAR Program will likely begin at 8:00 AM with check-in and end around 3:30 PM on the same day.

Do I have to attend all of soar?

Yes - students are expected to attend the entirety of their SOAR session. Attendance will be taken.

WE'RE FLYING IN FOR SOAR. WHAT IS THE BEST TIME TO BOOK OUR FLIGHTS?

SOAR ends on begins on day I at 8:00 AM and ends on day II around 3:30 PM. Please keep in mind that we are around an hour from Midway and O'Hare airports via public transportation, so the earliest flight we suggest should leave no earlier than 7:00 PM on day II. If you are flying in, we recommend that you arrive the night before your SOAR session. If your student is arriving the day before SOAR and requires an overnight accommodation, please make sure to fill out an Early Arrival Form.

Parking at illinois tech

Parking at SOAR requires special instructions that will be included in the final confirmation email before students' registered SOAR session and will also be posted on our website. The Parking Permit will have the address for each of the parking lots and instructions on how to park there.

WHERE DO Students STAY OVERNIGHT DURING SOAR?

Students only stay overnight on-campus during Summer SOAR (June-July). During August and January SOAR, students will NOT be provided overnight accomodations. Students during Summer SOAR stay in our residence halls on the first night of SOAR. Luggage storage will be available during the first day and after they check-out on the second day. 

WHERE DO Family Members & Guest STAY OVERNIGHT DURING SOAR?

We strongly encourage family members and guest to attend our SOAR program. However, we are NOT able to provide housing on-campus for our family members and guests. llinois Tech has a number of discounts with local hotels which can be found below:

MY ACADEMICS

What if I am an undecided major?

If you are undecided on your major - don't worry! There will be faculty advisors at SOAR specifically for 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 advisor?

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!

Another benefit of attending SOAR is that if you decide to attend a summer SOAR session your VENTRA card (Chicago Transit Authority card) will be ready for you as soon as you move on to campus in August!

MISCELLANEOUS

when is move-in day?

Fall 2019 move-in day is August 12Click here for more information about Residence Hall Move-In.

What do I need to know about International Check-In?

All F-1/J-1 students must check in with the International Center upon arrival to campus. Holds will be removed from your account after checking in. Students only need to check in with the International Center staff once. For more information about International Check-In, please click here.

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. Student Life Leader selection recruits students from different backgrounds, majors, and involvements on campus. They are eager to answer all of their questions and have some fun with you in the process! Each SOAR Leader will be assigned a group of new students during every SOAR session who they will help to acclimate to Illinois Tech.

Who organizes SOAR at Illinois Tech?

The SOAR program is run by the Office of Campus Life (OCL). You can reach us by emailing soar@iit.edu or calling 312-567-3720. OCL works closely with all of the academic colleges and resource offices on campus to provide an all encompassing view of Illinois Tech during your 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 Campus Life at 312.567.3720 or soar@iit.edu.