All first-year students are required to attend the entire two-day, overnight program, and stay overnight in the orientation residence hall. Parents and guests, please refer to our Parents and Guests site for your own optional, concurrent, two-day program.
Day 1: Check-in begins at 8:30AM with the formal program beginning at 1:00PM
Day 2: The formal program ends, and check-out and the closing picnic begin, at 1:00PM
Suggested Packing List
Each student's overnight room will have a pillow, sheets, and a towel. Heavier blankets are available at check-in, though you're welcome to bring your own. Please bring your own toiletries. At check-in, students will receive a folder, pen, water bottle, and small drawstring backpack to carry their orientation materials. We recommend packing comfortable clothing, socks, and shoes for indoor and outdoor activities (including free time in the recreation center), as well as a long sleeve shirt or sweatshirt since the buildings get cool in the summer. It can also get particularly cold overnight in the residence hall. You can bring your immunization paperwork to give to the Wellness Center at check-in or the resource fair on day 2.
Check-In Time & Location
Check-in is available from 8:30AM - 12:30PM in the Simpson Hall Multipurpose Room. A light breakfast and optional lunch in a dining hall will be available for interested participants. The orientation program will begin promptly at 1:00PM in the Mundelein Center Auditorium. Students will receive their personalized schedules, the key to their overnight room, and parking validation (if required) at check-in. Once students are checked in, they can put their suitcases in their overnight room and meet their Orientation roommate!
How do I get there?
Orientation sessions are held on the Lake Shore Campus in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago. Check-in for first-year orientations will be in Simpson Hall (6333 N Winthrop Ave). The City of Chicago has a wide variety of transportation options at your disposal that will get you to our campus quickly and safely.
Orientation participants can park in the Main Parking Structure (P1), which is accessible from the main campus entrance at the corner of W Sheridan Rd and N Kenmore Ave. Please pull a ticket to enter the garage. You will receive parking validation at check-in. Please park before attempting to check-in for orientation and your overnight accommodations in Simpson Hall. Simpson Hall is kitty-corner from the Main Parking Structure across Sheridan Road. Complimentary parking, without validation, is available in the Main Parking Structure when parking for less than 30 minutes.
For overnight parking, you must print and display this Parking Placard on the dashboard of you vehicle.
Public transportation is available through the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA). The Loyola Station on the CTA Red Line of the 'L' train is across the street from campus and a 5-10 minutes walk to Simpson Hall.
Taxi or Rideshare
Taxi and rideshare options are also available for transportation to campus. You can get dropped-off in front of Simpson Hall at 6333 N Winthrop Ave, Chicago, IL 60660.
Generally speaking, give yourself approximately 2 hours of travel time to or from campus and the Chicago airports (ORD and MDW). Chicago traffic can be unpredictable, so give yourself plenty of time to arrive on campus and make it to check-in before 12:30PM.
More information about visiting campus is available on the Campus Transportation website.
First-Year Orientation check-in begins at 8:30AM, with the mandatory welcome program beginning at 1:00PM on day 1. Formal programming will conclude at 1:00PM on day 2. Please plan your travel accordingly as we ask that you not arrive late or leave early.
New Student Program Fee
Orientation is funded by the New Student Program Fee. The fee is $350 for first-year students. This fee includes all orientation program materials, meals, up to two guest passes, and students' overnight accommodations. The New Student Program Fee also supports first-year seminars (UNIV 101/102/201), the First-Year Text program, New Student Convocation, and other programs and services for new students. The New Student Program Fee is applied directly to your tuition account and automatically included in your first bill. For more information about this and other University fees, please visit the Office of the Bursar's Billing Information page.