EMBARK FAQs

When is EMBARK?

EMBARK 2017 will be held Sunday, August 20th – Tuesday, August 22nd.

Who organizes EMBARK?

EMBARK is planned by the Morrill Engineering Program staff with support from our current undergraduate students. The undergraduate students are past participants of EMBARK and benefitted from it so much that they wanted to get involved to make sure that freshman students after them had a similar (or better!) experience.

Who can attend EMBARK?

Any incoming freshman underrepresented student into the College of Engineering, Chemical Engineering, or Agricultural and Biological Engineering.

How many students actually attend EMBARK?

Usually, around 55 students in the freshman engineering class attends EMBARK.

What do freshmen do at EMBARK?

See the schedule!

How much does EMBARK cost?

EMBARK will be free to all students who sign up before July 21st. Your meals, housing, and activities throughout the EMBARK program are free of charge. MEP will credit your student account to help offset the costs of early move-in.*

*Note: You must attend all EMBARK activities to be credited for the early move-in.

How do I register for EMBARK?

 

When exactly can I move in?

You can move in any time after 12 PM on Sunday, August 20th.

Does my dorm know that I’m moving in early?

University Housing is prepared for any student to move in early, so they will not be surprised if you arrive early.  They will tell you that you will be charged for your move-in and you should know that MEP will be covering that cost. Names of students who register for camp prior to July 21st will be given to campus housing as well as the private certified housing. We recommend calling your dorm’s front desk before August 10th to confirm that you will be arriving sometime after 12 PM on August 20th. This can help you ensure that your room will be ready, keys will be available, and housing staff can show you what you need to do!

I will live in a private, certified dorm. Does my early move-in fee get waived?

The early move-in fees associated with Private Certified Housing varies by residency. MEP will credit your student account for the fees incurred up to a total of $240.00 for the four nights to accommodate the early move-in fees. It is your responsibility to cover any cost differences. 

I will be living at home, can I still attend orientation?

Of course! All incoming freshman underrepresented students into the College of Engineering, Chemical Engineering, or Agricultural and Biological Engineering are welcome to attend.

What if I’m in a Living Learning Community? How do I choose which orientation to go to?

There are many benefits to attending either orientation. If you attend your LLC orientation, you will become acquainted to your new home and make new friends who are living on your floor. If you attend EMBARK, you will learn about the College of Engineering as well as meeting a mentor and other freshmen in your major. EMBARK is an earlier orientation program, so you have time to do both!

What if I’m an international student? Can I still attend EMBARK?

As an incoming international student, you are required to attend a mandatory ISSS Orientation, which directly conflicts with EMBARK. We suggest you attend the ISSS Orientation instead of EMBARK. There will be many other opportunities during the fall for you to connect with the Morrill Engineering Program (MEP).

I already registered to say I was attending EMBARK but I marked something wrong. What do I do?

Don’t worry. If you receive your email confirmation and realize that for some reason there has been a change in your registration, email mep@engineering.illinois.edu with your name and what the mistake is and the MEP office will happily fix the error.

How can I get in touch with other underrepresented students (current students and new freshmen) before EMBARK?

Join our Facebook group! You can befriend us here: MEP|UIUC EMBARK