Western Illinois University: Macomb Campus
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Program Reservation/Attendee Accommodation
To reserve a program date online:
- Go to STARS
- Launch STARS (link on right column)
- Log on (enter WIU ID number and password)
- Select New Student Registration Reservation (from the drop-down Menu Selections in upper left corner)
There you will select a program date as well as provide attendee accommodation information. The number of students who can attend each program is limited. The benefit of registering online is that once you have clicked the radio button next to a program date, you will immediately see a confirmation. If the date is in red with the word "closed" next to it, you will need to select another date. If you mail the program reservation (as described below), you will need to wait for a confirmation to be mailed to you to be sure you can attend the program you selected.
You may also make a reservation by mailing in the form at the bottom of the "Make an Orientation and Registration Reservation" sheet you received in your WIU Welcome Packet. You will need to indicate your top three choices for program dates. Programs are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. All efforts will be made to place you in one of your top choices. If your top three choices are unavailable, you will be placed in the next open date. Mail this form to the Office of the Registrar, WIU, 1 University Circle, Macomb, IL 61455. After receiving confirmation of your reservation date, you will need to provide attendee accommodation information. You may do so online on STARS (select New Student Registration Reservation) at anytime until four (4) business days or less before day one of the program or you may fill out the form enclosed in the Date Confirmation Mailer which will be mailed in March-April.
2013 SOAR (Summer Orientation and Registration)
- June 4-5 (Tue-Wed)
- June 7-8 (Fri-Sat)
- June 11-12 (Tue-Wed)
- June 14-15 (Fri-Sat)
- June 18-19 (Tue-Wed)
- June 24-25 (Mon-Tue)
- June 26-27 (Wed-Thu)
- July 9-10 (Tue-Wed)
- July 11-12 (Thu-Fri)
- July 16-17 (Tue-Wed)
- July 19-20 (Fri-Sat)
Once the program date is reserved, you will be sent a postcard. Beginning in April, you will receive a SOAR brochure. It will include the date of the program you will be attending and will direct you to complete the registration information.
Students, family members, or guests needing any special accommodations in order to fully participate in the program or having any special needs such as health concerns, dietary needs, etc., should contact Student Development and Orientation at (309) 298-1884.
FAQs: Program and Reservations
Do I have to attend Summer Orientation and Registration?
All incoming freshmen must attend the entire Summer Orientation and Registration program. We strongly encourage family members and guests to attend the program as well, but it is not required.
What if I reserved a date but want to change it?
Simply return to STARS (select New Student Registration Reservation) and select a new program date. You may also contact Student Development and Orientation at (309) 298-1884. When you are blocked from registering for some dates, these sessions are closed and no longer available for reservation. Please note that if you change program dates, you will receive another SOAR brochure.
How will I know that I am able to attend the program date I reserved?
If you reserve your date online, you will immediately get a confirmation of the date you chose on the website. You will then be mailed a postcard. Beginning March-April, you will receive a SOAR brochure; your date will appear inside the brochure. This brochure will outline all of the information you need to know to attend Summer Orientation and Registration.
When can I expect to receive my SOAR brochure?
If you made a reservation before April, you will receive a confirmation postcard. Beginning March-April, a detailed SOAR brochure will be mailed to you.
Is there a deadline to make a reservation for a program?
You may choose to reserve any open program on STARS until four (4) business days or less before day one of the program. Open dates will have a radio button; closed dates will be in red and indicate "closed". We encourage you to select a date as early as possible for the best choice of classes.
How do I register guests for the program?
You may make a reservation online for guests planning on attending the program at the same time you select a program date. Once you have selected your program date on STARS, a SOAR brochure will be mailed to you.
What if I need to make attendee accommodation changes for my family/guests?
If you need to make any changes to your original reservation, simply return to STARS (select New Student Registration Reservation) and edit your attendee accommodations until four (4) business days or less before day one of the program. If it is four (4) business days or less before your selected SOAR program, please contact Student Development and Orientation at (309) 298-1884 for changes. Changes can include a guest who is no longer able to attend, someone who is attending in a guest's place, more guests have decided to come, or special accommodations are now needed to be made for you or your guest. We will do everything possible to accommodate required changes; however, please contact us at least four (4) business days prior to the scheduled Summer Orientation and Registration program date, if possible.
What guests are appropriate to bring to the Summer Orientation and Registration program?
All guests are welcome to attend; however, the program is not recommended for children under the age of 12 years old. When choosing guests, remember this is an intensive program and there is a $35 fee for each guest attending/staying overnight on campus or a $25 fee for each guest attending/staying off campus (reserving own accommodation off campus). This fee will apply to each guest attending the program regardless of age.