Campus Life

Frequently Asked Questions About Orientation

Is summer orientation required for all students?
Yes, all entering first-year students are required to attend one of the four IC Connections Summer Orientations. Each orientation lasts two days and students are required to attend all of the sessions during those two days. During orientation, students will be made aware of resources on campus, have a chance to ask questions they might have about Illinois College and become better acquainted with the Illinois College community. 
Do I have to stay on campus overnight for orientation?
Yes, all first-year students are required to stay on campus overnight. Students will be staying in Lincoln Hall.
What do I need to bring to orientation?
All students will stay on campus overnight in Lincoln Hall and will share a room with another new student. Students should bring any overnight essentials (toiletries, medications, alarm clock, etc.) We will provide linens (one bath towel, hand towel, washcloth, blanket, pillow, pillowcase and two flat sheets), but you are welcome to bring additional linens from home if you’d like. You should bring comfortable clothing and shoes along with a jacket or sweater.
Another important thing for students to bring to orientation is unofficial copies of all high school and college transcripts along with any test scores (Advanced Placement, ACT, SAT, etc.). We will still need official transcripts mailed directly to the College, but if they have not arrived in time, the unofficial copies will be invaluable to have when you meet with your faculty orientation leader to schedule your courses.
What happens at orientation?
During your IC Connections summer orientation session you will have the opportunity to: 
  • Work with an academic advisor one-on-one to build a class schedule.
  • Receive individual attention in small group sessions.
  • Receive information on a variety of student services and resources.
  • Register for classes.
  • Learn about campus life and explore ways to get involved.
  • Socialize with other new students and make new friends. 
  • Be introduced to academic policies and support services.
  • Return to campus in the fall registered, well-organized and connected!
May I bring a family member to summer orientation?
Family members are welcome to attend. IC Connections has created two very specialized programs, one for students and one for family members. However, because program space is limited, we do not recommend that younger family members or friends attend. 
Additionally, there are a limited number of rooms available for family members if they wish to stay overnight on campus. These rooms are free of charge and are found in Greene Hall, a separate hall than that of the students.  
How many family members or guest can attend summer orientation?
Students are asked to limit their summer orientation guests to two, but exceptions can be made if needed.
Will I be with my parents/family member(s) during orientation?
While there are times throughout the first day of orientation for students to get together with their family, there are times when the programs are specific to either the families or the students and we do keep them separate. It works best when students and families follow their respective schedules. 
Does it cost anything to attend orientation?
No, it does not cost anything to attend orientation. However, you may wish to bring money if you plan to purchase apparel, the summer common reading text or any other item(s) from the Illinois College Bookstore. 
Will transportation be provided?
IC Connections is not able to provide transportation to or from orientation. Students should plan accordingly.
May I change my orientation session?
Yes, students may change their orientation sessions. However, spots are limited in each session. Students will need to contact the Center for Student Involvement (217.245.3094) to make sure there are available spots in another session as there is no guarantee there will be. 
How many meals are provided during orientation?
At summer orientation, guests are provided with dinner on the first night and breakfast in the morning of the second day. Some additional snacks for students will be provided during the first night.
Will bedding be provided?
Yes, linens will be provided. However, students may wish to bring extra blankets and/or pillows.
Where do I check in?
Everyone will check in to Lincoln Hall. You may bring all of your overnight supplies with you to check in because students will be staying in Lincoln Hall for the night.
Where do I park during orientation?
Students and family members attending the orientation session can park in any open spaces on campus. A parking permit is not required during the summer.
When will I receive my IC email address and password?
Students will be receiving their Illinois College email address and password at summer orientation. 
Do I have to read a book over the summer?
Yes! Reading the "common reading" is the only way you will be able to complete the required assignment for your first-year seminar. The writing assignment will help you to crystallize your thinking about a significant issue and then express your ideas in a succinct form to other members of the academic community. It is your first class assignment at Illinois College and you’ll want to start your college career off strong!
This year's 2014 first-year seminar assignment will be due on Saturday, August 30. If you are a first-year student who would like more information on the required assignment, please contact us at
Who do I contact for more information?
If there are any questions or concerns about the IC Connections program, please contact the Center for Student Involvement at 217.245.3094 or by email The IC Connections office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

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