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RISE (Readying Illinois Students for Excellence)

Readying Illinois Students for Excellence (RISE)

Readying Illinois Students for Excellence (RISE) is a FREE program for select first-year students, so that they may register for Fall 2016 courses, gain leadership skills, and locate valuable resources about where to go for help, advice, and fun at Illinois. But don't take our word for it.

RISE participants will also: 

  • Learn how to talk with your faculty both in and out of the classroom.
  • Gain skills to balance academics, extra-curricular involvement and friendships while on campus.
  • Meet student leaders and other new students at Illinois.
  • Parents will learn how to assist you in the transition and hear about various campus resources

RISE will be held at the University of Illinois campus on Friday thru Sunday June 3-5 and Monday thru Wednesday June 6-8, 2016. RISE is a collaboration between the Office of the Dean of Students - New Student Programs, Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations, and Office of the Provost.

Register for RISE 2016 on myIllini when you register for your Summer Registration date! Additional questions? Contact Lizette Dorantes-Rebolledo at or 217-333-4057


RISE Schedule

Day 1 
(June 3 or June 6)

Day 2
(June 4 or June 7)

Day 3
(June 5 or June 8)

8:15-9am Check in

7-8:30am Breakfast

7-8:30am - Breakfast

8:15-9:00am Campus Services Fair

8:30-9:45am Outdoor icebreaker

8:30am-9am Check out from Bousfield

9:00-9:45am University Welcome

10:00-11:00am “Academic Real Talk”

9am-10:30am Using my strengths as a tool for success

9:45-10:15 – Head to College Meeting

11:00-12:00pm Mock Lecture

10:45-11:45am Bucket List Campus Tour

10:15am-11:30am College Meeting



11:30-1:00pm Lunch

12:00-1:00pm LUNCH

11:45-1:00pm LUNCH

1:00-5:00pm – Course Registration – Varies by college

1:00-2:30pm RISING to Excellence Fair

1:00-2:00pm Involvement Rotations / A Hidden Gem: My Academic Advisor


2:30-3:30pm Financial Literacy

2:00-3:00pm Final Small Group Debrief


3:30-4:00pm Snack

3:00-4:00pm Closing Ceremony

4-5:30pm – RISE Hall Check in at Bousfield

4:00-5:00pm Wait… I’m a real college student?

4:00pm Depart for home

5:30-7:00pm Opening Banquet

5:00-6:00pm Dinner


7:00–7:30 First Small Group

6:00-7:30pm Diversity Dialogue


8:30-10:30pm Fun @ Activities and Recreation Center (ARC)

8:00-10:30pm Fun @ Illini Union