“WIE Orientation helped me learn more about Illinois, get a feel for the campus, and make friends. I felt confident when classes started and that I had a head start!” – Delanie Steinweg, Chemical Engineering
At WIE Freshman Orientation you can:
- Consult with continuing women engineering students about your unanswered questions
- Meet with professors in your department to get first-hand advice on how to succeed in your classes
- Learn to utilize the many resources available to engineering students
- Become familiar with campus and beat the chaos of all campus move-in by having early move-in privileges at your residence hall!
- Have lunch with your department advisors, attend mock lectures, participate in team building activities as well as have free time to spend with your new friends and classmates
- Create a network of friends before classes begin!
Important Dates and Registration
- Late August: WIE Freshman Orientation.
- Registration will open for 2020 in June. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for any further questions.
Early Move-In Information
Depending on which residency you are moving into, WIE Freshman Orientation will either be free or a minimal cost thanks to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Grainger College of Engineering and corporate sponsorship from Texas Instruments, Abbott, Caterpillar, and Mr. and Mrs. Brian and Sophie Leung. Your meals and activities during orientation are free of charge.
In addition, you receive a cool t-shirt! WIE will be crediting each student $60.00 into her student account, to help offset the costs of early move-in. Early move-in for University Housing residents is $60/night. For private certified housing residents, the costs will vary. If you are charged an early move-in fee, your account will be credited the cost of your one day move-in cost up to $60. If in a private certified residence call, please contact them to verify the costs associated with early move-in and to let them know you are moving in early.
You must attend all WIE Orientation events/activities in order for the $60 move in cost to be covered for each day – any exceptions must be emailed at least 2 weeks prior to Orientation and approved by WIE Staff (email to email@example.com).
Summer 2019 Schedule
Wednesday, August 21st
|9:00 AM-3:00 PM||Move into your dorm and get your i-card if you don’t already have it.||Check-in at dorms
I-card at Illini Union Bookstore, 1st floor
809 S. Wright St.
|4:30 PM-5:45 PM||Registration and WIE Welcome||Loomis Laboratory of Physics
1110 W Green St.
|5:50 PM-7:45 PM||Major Breakout Sessions and Dinner with Major||Loomis Laboratory of Physics|
|8:00 PM-9:00 PM||Dorm and Housing Focused Activity||TBD|
Thursday, August 22nd
|8:00 AM-9:00 AM||Have breakfast with other students and mentors! Walk to the ECEB for Keynote and Group Photo.||Illini Union Basement|
|8:45 AM-9:00 AM||Late Registration||ECEB Lobby|
|9:00 AM-9:50 AM||Keynote Speaker and Group Photo||Grainger Auditorium, ECEB|
|9:50 AM-11:45 AM||College Resource Exploration||Engineering Side of Campus|
|12:00 PM-1:00 PM||Departmental Lunch||Department Buildings|
|1:30 PM-2:00 PM||Time Management Workshop||Loomis|
|2:10 PM-2:40 PM||Workshop 1
Option 1: All Things Google
Option 2: Undergraduate Research
Option 3: Awesome Apps
Option 4: Abbott Workshop
Option 5: Advising
|2:45 PM-3:15 PM||Workshop 2
Option 1: TI Workshop
Option 2: Entrepreneurship & Innovation
Option 3: RSO s
Option 4: Study Abroad
Option 5: Advising
|3:20 PM-3:50 PM||Workshop 3
Option 1: Study Abroad
Option 2: Your Support System
Option 3: Bus System
Option 4: Caterpillar Workshop
Option 5: Internships
|4:00 PM-4:15 PM||WIE Wrap Up||Loomis|
WIE Mentors and Student Coordinators
You can see the 2019 WIE Orientation mentors and student coordinators here! Read about the amazing activities they are involved in and how much WIE has helped them.
When is WIE Orientation?
WIE Freshman Orientation 2020 will be in late August.
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.
Who can attend WIE Freshman Orientation?
Any incoming freshman woman into The Grainger 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?
At WIE Freshman Orientation, students will have the opportunity to meet other incoming women engineering students through a variety of different activities that will help you learn about campus and prepare you to be a successful engineering student! See the schedule for the upcoming orientation above!
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 Grainger College of Engineering and generous corporate sponsors. Your meals and activities during orientation are free of charge. In addition, you receive a cool t-shirt! WIE will be crediting each student $60.00 into her student account, to help offset the costs of early move-in. Early move-in cost for University Housing residents is $60.00. 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 $60. 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 on Thursday to be credited for the early move-in. If you have questions regarding this, please contact WIE at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I register for WIE Freshman Orientation?
Registration will open June 1, 2019 here: go.illinois.edu/wiefreshmanorientationregistration.
When exactly can I move in?
For University Housing, check here. For those in Private Certified Housing, check directly with your housing provider.
Does my residence hall 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 Orientation during the registration period will be given to campus housing as well as the private certified housing. We recommend calling your dorm’s front desk the second week of August to confirm that you will be arriving early. 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 residence hall. 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 $60.00 for the one night 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 Grainger 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) or am an International student? How do I choose which Orientation to go to?
While WIE Orientation conflicts with some other orientations such as Living-Learning Communities (LLC) and International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS), please know that you can attend WIE orientation in addition to your LLC or ISSS orientation. We would recommend you attend the other orientation programs through Wednesday evening and then join us for WIE Orientation starting Thursday morning, August 22. You will be able to note your participation in the other orientation in your registration for WIE Freshman Orientation on Question #22, so please register at: go.illinois.edu/wiefreshmanorientationregistration. We will communicate details on when/where to join us on August 22nd.
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 email@example.com 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 Orientation?
Once you have registered for Orientation, please like the Women in Engineering Facebook page and join the Women in Engineering at Illinois Freshman Orientation 2019 Facebook group!