At our Open Houses, you’ll have the opportunity to pick and choose the tours, information sessions, and academic department meetings that most appeal to you. You’ll receive a detailed schedule of the day upon check-in on campus. In the meantime, this sample schedule can provide an idea of what you can expect.
Check-in begins at 7:30 a.m., and our main program begins at 9:00 a.m.
We encourage you to download the free Illinois State University App from the App Store or Google Play Store to access the Open House guide. Along with the schedule, the guide includes a digital campus map and other resources you may find useful during your visit.
Check-in and Registration
There are multiple check-in tables available in the concourse. Late check-in is available until 2 p.m. at the Welcome Desk in Bone Student Center.
Campus leaders welcome you to campus and provide an overview of life at Illinois State.
Student-led walking tours of campus will be available continuously throughout the day. These tours last approximately 20-30 minutes. Campus tours do not include a tour of residence halls or the Student Fitness Center as those tours are separate sessions. Guests are encouraged to visit academic buildings as those are open and accessible throughout the day.
Early Bird Quad Tours
Want to get a head start? Join us for our Early Bird Campus Tours, running from 7:30 – 8:25 a.m. before the Main Program.
Residence Hall Tours
Watterson, Hewett, and Manchester
Residence hall tours last approximately 15 minutes on a rotation as guides become available. Tours begin at each residence hall. Additionally, a show room is available in the Community Center of Cardinal Court, which primarily houses sophomore students. University Housing Services will be available during the Student Services Fair to answer questions regarding housing on campus.Provost Jan Murphy, and Director of Admissions, Jeff Mavros, welcome you to campus.
Student Fitness Center and McCormick Hall Tours
Take a guided tour of our state-of-the-art fitness center.
Academic and Student Services Fair
Visit with academic advisors and faculty who will answer questions regarding coursework, career, internship, and research opportunities. Chat with student services such as Admissions, Financial Aid, University Housing Services, Campus Dining Services, and many other offices.
Lunch (on your own)
You are welcome to dine at any of the restaurants in the Bone Student Center or one of our dining centers. Please note, the dining centers only accept credit or debit cards for payment. A list of nearby restaurants is included in your Open House agenda and in the Open House App.
What can I do with this Major?
Come learn about career opportunities for students with liberal arts majors.
Hear from current students about life as a Redbird.
Students who are interested in professional school, like medicine, dental medicine, pharmacy, and physical therapy, etc. can learn more about undergraduate major options and specialized advising at Illinois State.
An Introduction to the Honors Program
Hear from the Honors Program about enhancing your academic experience at Illinois State. Learn more about what Honors students are doing on and off campus.
Financial Aid Session
Find out everything you need to know about financial aid deadlines, the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), online resources, services offered by the Scholarship Resource Office, and more.
Your Redbird Community
Come learn about our many student organizations and how you can get involved in your Redbird Community.
Preparing for Your Career
Learn how Academic Advising can help in planning your course of study and how the Career Center can help develop your future career.
Making a Successful Transition
Attending college is a significant transition not only for students, but for parents, guardians, and family members as well. Attend this session to learn about some of the differences you will encounter between high school and college, and leave with practical tips to make the transition easier for everyone.
A Focus on Transfer Students
Find out everything you need to know about transferring.
Fine Arts for Non-majors
Learn about non-major opportunities to participate in art, dance, music, and theatre.
These presentations are an opportunity for academic departments to provide a more in-depth overview of their programs. A list will be provided during the day's program of those areas hosting a presentation.