Undergraduate Admissions

Summer Orientation and Registration (SOAR)

Welcome! At Western Illinois University, we challenge you to take advantage of the premier undergraduate opportunities and resources available. You will experience a true residential campus, a dynamic student activities program, and first-rate faculty who will challenge your mind and test your assumptions. You will be encouraged not only to answer questions, but to continually seek new information and challenge your current way of thinking. At Western Illinois University, you will have the chance to explore new opportunities, make life-long friendships, serve your school and community, and celebrate your discoveries, joys, and triumphs! Let the learning begin!

SOAR 2019 Dates

  • 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)

How To Register for SOAR

After you have been accepted, log onto your STARS account and select "New Student Registration Reservation." You will see all available open dates and receive immediate confirmation of the program you have selected.

Tentative Summer Orientation Schedule

Program Overview for Student and Family/Guest
  • Students are required to stay overnight in the residence hall and will be paired with another new student.
  • Families/guests have an option of staying overnight in the residence hall or making their own arrangements to stay off campus. Families will be assigned to their own room. See the Fees page for details.
  • Overnight Lodging check-in will begin at 11:30am in the Corbin/Olson residence hall. **Check-in here first**
  • Program check-in will begin at 1:00pm in the University Union. **Be sure to eat prior to program check-in**
  • Program will end on day two around 12pm
  • Dinner on day one and breakfast on day two are provided.
  • Lunch on Day 1 is on your own and participants should plan to eat prior to check-in.  On-campus dining will be available.  It is cash only.

Student Highlights

  • Meet with academic advisors
  • Register for fall classes
  • Learn about campus resources and services
  • Take WIU ID card photo 
  • Experience life in a residence hall environment
  • Interact with other students

Family/Guest Highlights

  • Become familiar with academic and advising processes
  • Attend family orientation sessions
  • Learn about how to adjust to common transition issues faced by students and families
  • Gather information about campus resources and services
  • Meet other family members and share common experiences



Contact Info

Sherman Hall 115
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL 61455
Email: orientation@wiu.edu
Phone: (309) 298-3157
Fax: (309) 298-3111

SOAR 2019 Dates

  • 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)