Open House Schedule

Schedule

Create your own schedule of events based on the activities below. The main program begins at 9 a.m. and everyone is encouraged to attend.

This schedule is subject to change and the most up-to-date version will be available upon check-in at the Open House.

We encourage you to download the free Illinois State University App, available 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 online resources you may find useful during your visit.

Register for Open House

8–9 a.m.—Check-in and Registration
First Floor, Bone Student Center

There are multiple check-in tables available in the concourse.

7:30–8:30 a.m.—Early Bird Tours
Circus Room, Bone Student Center
Arriving early? Beat the crowds and take advantage of an Early Bird campus tour!

8:15–8:45 a.m.—Student Panel
Old Main, Bone Student Center
Ask current students about life as a Redbird.

8:15 - 8:45 a.m.—A Professor's Perspective
Spotlight Room, Bone Student Center
Assistant Professor Jodi Hallsten Lyczak talks about getting the most out of your Illinois State education.

9–10 a.m.—Main Program—Everyone is encouraged to attend
Braden Auditorium, Bone Student Center (doors open at 8:15 a.m.)
President Larry Dietz and Director of Admissions Jeff Mavros welcome you to campus. Current students share their exciting experiences.

10–11:30 a.m.—Academic and Student Services Fair
Brown Ballroom, Bone Student Center
Visit with academic advisors, faculty, and staff who will answer questions regarding coursework, career, internship, and research opportunities. All of our academic departments will be represented as well as Admissions, Financial Aid, University Housing Services, Campus Dining Services, and many other offices.

10 a.m. - 11:30—Application Workshop
Founders Suite, Bone Student Center
Stop by to get all of your admission application questions answered.

10 a.m.–2:30 p.m.—Campus Tours
Braden Auditorium (east entrance), Bone Student Center
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.

10 a.m.–2:30 p.m.—Residence Hall Tours
Hewett, Manchester, Haynie and Watterson
Residence hall tours last approximately 15 minutes on a rotation as guides become available. Tours depart from the residence hall. Additionally, a show room is available in the Community Center of Cardinal Court, which primarily houses sophomore students. A campus map is included in the materials you receive at program check-in at Bone Student Center. University Housing Services will be available during the Academic and Student Services Fair to answer questions regarding housing on campus.

10 a.m.–2:30 p.m.—Student Fitness Center and McCormick Hall Tours
Student Fitness Center and McCormick Hall
Take a guided tour of our new, state-of-the-art fitness center.

10:15–10:45 a.m.—An Introduction to the Honors Program
Circus Room, Bone Student Center
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.

10:15–10:45 a.m.— Preparing for Your Career
Spotlight Room, Bone Student Center
Learn how Academic Advising can help in planning your major and how the Career Center can help develop your future career.

10:15–10:45 a.m.—Financial Aid Session
Old Main, Bone Student Center
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.

11–11:30 a.m.—Financial Aid Session
Old Main, Bone Student Center
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.

11–11:30 a.m.—Making a Successful Transition
Circus Room, Bone Student Center
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.

11:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m.—Fine Arts for Non-majors
Circus Room, Bone Student Center
Learn about non-major opportunities to participate in art, dance, music, and theatre.

11:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m.—Your Redbird Community
Spotlight Room, Bone Student Center
Come learn about our diverse student organizations and how you can get involved in your Redbird Community.

11:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m.—A Focus on Transfer Students
Old Main, Bone Student Center
Find out everything you need to know about transferring.

Noon–1 p.m.—Lunch (on your own)
You are welcome to dine at any of the restaurants in the Bone Student Center or at Watterson Dining Commons. The dining center only accepts credit or debit cards for payment. Additionally, a list of nearby restaurants is included in the Illinois State App.

1–2 p.m.—Academic Presentations
(Various locations)
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.