Illini Guides

I-Guides – 70 Years of Reaching Out!

Be an I-Guide

Sign up to be an I-Guide (registration is open until July 28, 2017)

Our tradition of serving the campus began in 1947 and the Illini Guide (I-Guide) program is one of the longest-lasting student-run organizations at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. We need VOLUNTEERS like you to help keep the tradition going. We hope you will be as excited about being an I-Guide as other Illinois students have been for 70 years!

Thousands of new students join our community for the first time each year. Serving as an I-Guide is a great opportunity to introduce students and their families to campus and make a real impact. I-Guides wearing orange shirts are an integral part of Move-In day, helping new students and their families move in and transition to campus life. 

Watch the Move-In video to see I-Guides in action.

What do I-Guides do?

  • Welcome new Illini to campus
  • Meet and greet individual students & families during Fall Move-In and provide a great first impression of the University of Illinois. 
  • Assist with unloading vehicles
  • Direct traffic
  • Share your expertise by assisting new students with their transition to the University
  • Seek out answers to questions

What are the benefits to being an I-Guide?

  • Gain valuable leadership experience.
  • Be a role model and make new friends.
  • Get free meals and swag like a t-shirt, water bottle & sling bag.
  • Move in to University Housing early and beat the crowds. (see details below)
Volunteer Date Approved Date to Move-In Meals Provided

Living-Learning Community
(Tuesday, August 22, 2017)

Monday, August 21, 2017 August 21: Dinner
August 22: Continental Breakfast
August 22: Lunch
General Move-In
(Thursday, August 24, 2017)
Wednesday, August 23, 2017 August 23: Dinner
August 24: Continental Breakfast
August 24: Lunch
Both Days
(Tuesday, August 22, 2017
and Thursday, August 24, 2017)
Monday, August 21, 2017**

August 21: Dinner
August 22: Continental Breakfast
August 22: Lunch
August 22: Dinner
August 23: Lunch**
August 23: Dinner**
August 24: Continental Breakfast
August 24: Lunch

     **Meal tickets will be provided for the Dining Hall.

**The official move-in day for I-Guides that work both days (LLC Move-In and the General Move-In) is Monday August 21, 2017. However, as an additional incentive, I-Guides that work both days may move-in on Sunday August 20, 2017 beginning at noon. If an I-Guide that works both days moves in on Sunday August 20, 2017, they are not eligible for the $20 Illini Cash or the $25 Illini Union Bookstore gift card. If an I-Guide moves in but does not work on both days, they will be partially responsible for the $40 early arrival fee. There are no meals offered in the dining halls on Sunday, August 20.

Be a I-Guide Hall Coordinator

Each hall has one to two Hall Coordinators who provide leadership and direction for a specific residence hall during move-in. They participate in a Leadership Training Retreat, recruit I-Guides, facilitate meetings, and meet with the Residence Hall Director and the I-Guide Campus Coordinator Committee. The Hall Coordinator position is a great way to get leadership training and experience. You will meet a lot of people and have the chance to really make a difference. If you are interested in being a Hall Coordinator, please contact the I-Guide program at

Sign up to be a Hall Coordinator (application is currently closed)

I-Guide Campus Coordinating Committee (IGCC)

IGCC members are a team of 8-10 students responsible for coordinating the I-Guide program and some of the details related to Fall Move-In. They work with the I-Guide advisors to plan training, assist with recruiting efforts, assist with coordinating and implementing the move-in plan, provide oversight for I-Guide Hall Coordinators, and lead a specific area of campus on opening day by trouble-shooting and supporting I-Guide Hall Coordinators and I-Guides.

If you have additional questions, please e-mail the Illini Guides at

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