Join us for our semester kickoff featuring resources to assist you in your transition to Illinois State! Information will be shared on preparing for classes, important resources and services, and campus life and student organizations. All participants will receive an academic planner, additional ISU swag, and the opportunity to connect with other students.
Note: All new students will be assessed a nonrefundable charge of $10 to cover the costs associated with the program. This charge will appear on the student's first tuition and fees bill.
Choose one of the following virtual welcome sessions. RSVPs are required.
To RSVP: go to Redbird Life, click the blue "Sign In" button to enter your Illinois State ULID and password, and on the Events tab find the session you want to attend. The RSVP option is in each individual Redbird Life event.
Pick up a spring semester academic planner and ISU swag bag from the Student Involvement Center, located on the second floor of the Bone Student Center. The items will be available starting Monday, January 11. Hours of operation: Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m - 4:30 p.m.
If you are a student living at your permanent home address for spring semester, please complete the request form so we can mail your items to you.
Tuesday, January 12 at 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Student Involvement Center, Bone Student Center Second Floor
Learn about the many leadership opportunities at Illinois State University by joining the Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) unit of the Dean of Students Office for this grab and go event. Each participant will receive a Redbirds Lead mug for stopping by this Tea at Three community kick-off.
Saturday, January 16 at 7:00-10:00 p.m.
Kick off the spring 2021 semester by playing bingo hosted by WZND Radio. Join in for your chance to win fabulous prizes! The event information will be posted in Redbird Life soon.
Learn how your life as a Redbird will be defined by the choices you make and the actions you take through this theatrical performance by Illinois State students.
The Illinois State University campus and the Bloomington-Normal community have much to offer. Choose your own adventure and explore your new community.
In August 2020 we had NatterDoodle create a custom ISU coloring page. Download the coloring packet for some creative ISU fun. Share your artwork to social media using #RedbirdWelcome for a chance to win a prize.
Show your school pride with the #WipeItDown challenge! Post a Tik Tok featuring your Illinois State spirit to #RedbirdWelcome.
Roxxxy Andrews is an internationally recognized drag superstar, featured on RuPaul's Drag Race season 5 and RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars 2, and is the winner of many various Miss Continental accolades. In August 2020 we had Roxxxy take over our Student Activities Instagram Live for an unforgettable experience. View the event on the Student Activities Instagram TV channel.
Thursday, January 21 at 4:00-7:00 p.m.
Attend Winter Fest, the registered student organization (RSO) recruitment fair, to meet representatives from a variety of RSOs. This year Winter Fest is being held virtually, and the day the event it will show up on the Redbird Life homepage. Also, RSVP and attend Winter Fest for a chance to win Redbird Life joggers, a hoodie, or a t-shirt!