Prospective and Admitted Students

The Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois has a long and proud history of educating world-class engineers who make a lasting impact on the world.

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Learn more about engineering at Illinois and MechSE. Attend one or more of the upcoming Admitted Student events below. Decision date has been extended to May 15, 2024.


MechSE Mosaic

MechSE Mosaic is an afternoon program geared towards admitted women and other underrepresented groups in MechSE during Engineering Open House. Come early to enjoy all that Engineering Open House has to offer and then meet current students, faculty, and staff to learn more about mechanical engineering and engineering mechanics during our event. The afternoon will include a brief introduction from the MechSE Undergraduate Programs Office, meet and greet with current students, and building tour.

Friday, April 5, 12:15-3:30 pm CST >>  Connect and Register

Registration closes April 4 or when capacity is reached.


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Virtual Visits

Congratulations on your admission to MechSE at the University of Illinois!  As a newly admitted student, you're invited to attend an exclusive webinar where we will discuss our Engineering Mechanics and Mechanical Engineering curricula and extracurricular opportunities.  We will have a student panel Q&A for the last 20-30 minutes of the session, so come prepared with questions about student life, campus, and our programs!

Thursdays: February 22, March 21, April 11, or May 9
Each webinar is 6:30-7:30 pm CT.  

Register for a webinar >>

Student Introduction to Engineering (SITE)

(SITE)  is a three-day, overnight, interactive and informational program for students admitted to the Grainger College of Engineering. During this event, students will stay overnight in the Illini Union Hotel and be introduced to the University of Illinois through presentations, design competitions, panels, tours, and more! This is a unique opportunity to explore and experience life as an engineering student here in Urbana-Champaign. We promise no sugarcoating and no sales pitch. From day one, we show you everything Illinois has to offer -- for your education, social circles, and personal growth. Be curious with us and we will be candid with you.  Visit our website for full event details. This event includes a $50 cost per admitted student.  A shared hotel room with one other admitted student and meals will be provided.   
*This event is for admitted students only, no guest to allow maximum capacity for students. 

Thursday-Saturday, March 21-23 (two overnights)
9:00 am arrival March 21 to 12:00 pm departure March 23
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Registration closes 72 hours prior or when capacity is reached.

Also consider these upcoming ADMITTED STUDENT events! 

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Society of Women Engineers (SWE) "Little Sisters Weekend"

"Little Sisters Weekend" is an overnight campus visit program for admitted high school girls in engineering. "Little Sisters" will be paired up with current undergraduate women in engineering ("Big Sisters") for the opportunity to have a first-hand experience of student life on campus. This is a free university and corporate-sponsored event. Meals will be provided and little sisters will sleepover in a hotel. Activities include campus tours, talks with a representative from Caterpillar, meet other organizations on campus, and meet SWEsters! (Society of Women in Engineering (SWE) members).

Friday-Saturday (overnight)
March 22-23

9:00 am March 22
to 3:00 pm March 23

Registration closes March 19 or when capacity is reached
Register for SWE LSW →

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National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Admitted Student High School Visitation

More information coming soon!
*This event is for admitted students only, no guests to allow maximum capacity for students. 

Friday-Sunday (overnights)
April 5-April 7

6:00 pm (optional 12:00 pm early arrival available) April 5 to 12:00 pm April 7
Registration closes April 2 or when capacity is reached
Register for NSBE HSV →

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Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) Admitted Student High School Visitation

This event with the UIUC Chapter of SHPE is for Hispanic and Latinx admitted students. Spend the weekend on campus and learn more about SHPE, UIUC, and what being a college student is all about!  Includes info sessions, tours, workshops, community building activities, and meet & greets with various campus organizations and staff.
*This event is for admitted students only, no guests to allow maximum capacity for students. 

Friday-Sunday (overnights)
April 5-April 7

9:00 am (6:00 am Chicago departure for bus riders) April 5 to 10:00 am (1:00 pm Chicago arrival for bus riders) April 7
Registration closes April 4 or when capacity is reached
Register for SHPE HSV →


The MechSE Department virtual webinar will discuss our Engineering Mechanics and Mechanical Engineering curriculum and co-curricular/extracurricular opportunities for undergraduate students.  The last 20-30 min. of the webinar will feature a student Q&A panel.

Wednesday, May 1
6:30 pm CDT

Register for this webinar >>

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