Visiting Campus FAQ

May I schedule a visit without calling?

Yes, you can schedule a visit through myIllini or by calling 217-333-0824.

I visited campus during the summer and have already been admitted. Will I benefit from visiting again?

Many students choose to visit campus several times when making a final decision. In February, March, and April, we offer large, day-long visit programs on select days specifically for you. Called Admitted Student Days, they include a number of optional activities, like meeting with your college and taking unique tours such as our Campus Myths and Lore Tour and I-Dash Running Tour. Our 10 a.m. Daily Visits also focus on information for admitted students, including placement testing, summer registration, and housing.

How do I get to campus?

Champaign-Urbana is easily accessed by I-72, I-74, and I-57. If you’re flying, you can fly directly into University of Illinois Willard Airport (code CMI). The airport is about 5 miles south of Champaign, just off U.S. Route 45.

Travel instructions are included when a reservation is made for a visit. Our office is located at 901 West Illinois Street in Urbana, but please check the location of your event in your instructions since programs are held across campus.

Where do I park when visiting?

Visit programs are held at different locations across campus, so please check your event confirmation email for parking information. No free parking is available. Metered parking ($1 per hour) is offered in lot D-9 on the corner of Lincoln and Illinois Streets in Urbana. Additional metered parking is available on the street or in lots near our office and the Alice Campbell Alumni Center. If you forget to bring change, it can be made at our program check-in table.

For more parking information, contact Campus Parking at 217-333-3530.

What if I want to stay overnight?

Because more than 30,000 people visit us each year, we’re unable to schedule overnight visits. However, prospective students are welcome to make individual arrangements with friends on campus. Visitors may also check out local accommodations.

May I arrange for an individual admissions appointment?

Yes, appointments are available with admissions counselors Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Appointments can be made by calling 217-244-3532.

What if I’d like an individual appointment with an academic representative?

Many colleges and departments have set meeting times, including Business, the Division of General Studies, and Engineering. When scheduling your visit, indicate that you’re interested in a college or departmental meeting.

I have financial aid questions. Do your programs cover this?

Brief financial aid information is provided during our programs. In addition, the Office of Student Financial Aid has walk-in hours available for speaking with financial aid counselors Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

May I visit a class while on campus?

Yes, we’ve created a list of pre-approved classes that you can attend during your visit.

How many residence halls do we see on the tour?

You’ll tour our Illinois Street Residence Halls (Wardall and Townsend). They’re conveniently located across the street from us. You also have the option of individually visiting private certified housing units.

For more hall tour options, visit our Housing website.