Fall 2019 Orientation for New Students

Allen Hall Orientation is a great way to get settled early, meets lots of people in your hall community, and learn about life in Allen Hall and at the University of Illinois. It is entirely organized by returning Allen Hall students. Orientation is open to all students who are new to Allen Hall

Register for Orientation here.

Orientation takes place Tuesday, August 20 at 5 p.m. through Thursday, August 22. If you move in on Tuesday, August 20, I-Guides will help you move in your stuff.

The cost of Orientation is $30. This covers all of your meals before your Housing contract begins and all of the activities of Orientation. By registering for Orientation, you are agreeing to pay this fee. If you need to cancel your registration, please e-mail unitone@illinois.edu.

Register by August 1 to get an Orientation t-shirt. Online registration is accepted through August 18. After that, you can register when you arrive.

Frequently Asked Questions 

Is Orientation mandatory for Allen Hall freshmen?

The answer is no. Orientation is not required, but it is strongly encouraged. More than 90% of Allen Hall freshmen participate in the Unit One Orientation, and from the feedback that we have received over the past 25 years, freshmen who go through Orientation feel more connected to the Allen Hall community, and have reported having a stronger understanding of the resources available to them in the community.

Is Orientation only for freshmen?

No. Anyone who is new to Allen Hall is welcome to participate in Orientation, whether they are transferring from another university or another residence hall at the University of Illinois.

Why is there a registration fee?

Allen/Unit One Orientation is a student planned and student facilitated event. Unit One does subsidize the cost of Orientation, but because of the cost of the overall program, students are asked to pay a $30 fee to help cover the expenses. The fee helps to offset the costs of arriving early, meals, and some of the social activities; students who participate in Orientation also receive an Allen Hall/Unit One t-shirt.

Must I register before coming to campus?

You do not need to register before coming to campus, however, you will only be guaranteed a Unit One t-shirt if you register in advance. The t-shirt order is placed well before Orientation begins and those who do not register in advance are not accounted for in the order. As a result, students are encouraged to register for Orientation by August 1.

Where can I see a schedule of Orientation?

The schedule will be posted on the Unit One website.

I am not able to attend all of Orientation. Should I still register?

Those students who may not be able to attend all of the Orientation sessions (for example Marching Illini) are still encouraged to register and to take part in as much as they are able. Orientation activities continue through 1 a.m. each night and there are plenty of things to take advantage of, even if you cannot be at every part of the Orientation.

Can I arrive before Tuesday, August 20?

Students living in the residence halls can move in as early as Sunday, August 18 at noon, but there is a $40 fee Sunday night, and $60 for Monday night if you are participating in Orientation, and $60 per night for Tuesday and Wednesday if you are not participating in Orientation. If you participate in Orientation, the $60 a night fee is waived for Tuesday and Wednesday night, and the Orientation registration fee covers your early arrival fee as well as meals and other expenses associated with the Orientation program. Thus, a student arriving on Monday, August 19 and participating in Orientation would pay a total of $90 ($60 for Monday night, and $30 for the Tuesday and Wednesday of Orientation).

If I have other questions, who can I contact?

If you have questions about classes, Orientation, or other aspects of the program, you can email unitone@illinois.edu. Or call the Unit One office at (217) 333-8351.