FAQs

When is WIE Freshman Orientation ?

When is WIE Orientation?

WIE Freshman Orientation 2017 will be held Tuesday, August 22nd – Thursday, August 24th.

Who organizes WIE Freshman Orientation?

WIE Freshman Orientation is planned by the Women in Engineering staff with support from our current undergraduate women students. The undergraduate students attended WIE Freshman Orientation as incoming freshman and benefited from it so much that they wanted to get involved to make sure that freshman students after them had a similar (or better!) experience. Check out some great orientation mentor bios here!

Who can attend WIE Freshman Orientation?

Any incoming freshman female into the College of Engineering, Chemical Engineering, or Agricultural and Biological Engineering.

How many students actually attend WIE Freshman Orientation?

Usually, around two-thirds of the women in the freshman engineering class attends WIE Freshman Orientation.

What do freshman do at WIE Freshman Orientation?

See the orientation schedule!

How much does WIE Freshman Orientation cost?

Depending on which residency you are moving into, WIE Freshman Orientation will either be free or a minimal cost thanks to the College of Engineering and generous corporate sponsors. Your meals, transportation, and activities during orientation are free of charge. In addition, you receive a cool t-shirt! WIE will be crediting each girl $120.00 into her student account, to help offset the costs of early move-in. Early move-in cost for University Housing residents is $60.00/night. For private certified housing residents, the cost will vary. If you are charged an early move-in fee, your account will be credited up to $120. To determine the specific early move-in fees associated with each residency, check the details here for more information.

*Note: You must attend all WIE Orientation activities to be credited for the early move-in. If you have questions regarding this, please contact WIE at wie@illinois.edu.

How do I register for WIE Freshman Orientation?

You can register here. Registration closes August 4, 2017 (5pm deadline).

When exactly can I move in?

You can move in any time after 8am on Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017 for University Housing.  For those in Private Certified Housing, check directly with your housing provider.

Does my dorm know that I’m moving in early?

University Housing is prepared for any student to move in early, so they will not be surprised if you arrive early.  They will tell you that you will be charged for your move-in and you should know that WIE will be covering that cost names of students who register for camp prior to August 4th will be given to campus housing as well as the private certified housing. We recommend calling your dorm’s front desk before August 10th to confirm that you will be arriving sometime after 8am on August 22nd. This can help you ensure that your room will be ready, keys will be available, and housing staff can show you what you need to do!

I will live in a private, certified dorm. Does my early move-in fee get waived?

The early move-in fees associated with Private Certified Housing varies by residency. WIE will credit your student account for the fees incurred up to a total of $120.00 for the two nights to accommodate the early move-in fees. It is your responsibility to cover any cost differences. 

I will be living at home, can I still attend orientation?

Of course! All incoming freshman females into the College of Engineering, Chemical Engineering, or Agricultural and Biological Engineering are welcome to attend.

What if I’m in WIMSE (or another Living Learning Community)? How do I choose which orientation to go to?

There are many benefits to attending either orientation. If you attend your LLC orientation, you will become acquainted to your new home and make new friends who are living on your floor. If you attend WIE orientation, you will learn about the College of Engineering as well as meeting a mentor and other freshman women in your major. We required you choose only one orientation to maximize your college move-in experience. The choice is completely up to you and we believe that whatever choice you make, you will meet some great people.

What if I’m an international student? Can I still attend WIE Freshman Orientation?

As an incoming international student, you are required to attend a mandatory ISSS Orientation, which directly conflicts with WIE Freshman Orientation. We suggest you attend the ISSS Orientation instead of WIE Freshman Orientation. There will be many other opportunities during the fall for you to connect with the WIE program.

I already registered to say I was attending WIE Freshman Orientation but I marked something wrong. What do I do?

Don’t worry. If you receive your email confirmation and realize that for some reason there has been a change in your registration, email wie@illinois.edu with your name and what the mistake is and the WIE office will happily fix the error.

How can I get in touch with other women engineering students (current students and new freshmen) before camp?

Join our Facebook group! You can befriend us here: Women in Engineering at Illinois Freshman Orientation 2017.