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Registration for SITE 2020 is closed.

Any Questions?

February 6-February 8. More details on dates, times, and locations will follow in an email as SITE approaches.
The $140 attendance fee covers food (Thursday evening banquet, Friday breakfast/lunch/dinner, and Saturday morning breakfast) as well as housing (hotel room and lodging with student hosts). Note that the fee does not cover lunch on Thursday nor travel to Urbana-Champaign. You will have to arrange transportation on your own.
"Mooooooom, you're embarrassing meeee." This program is designed specifically for students only. Parents are welcome to attend the opening and closing ceremony. Other than that, parents should make their own housing and meal arrangments. Information about local hotels, restaurants, and attractions can be found at Visit Champaign County. The must eat places are Black Dog, Maize, and Golden Harbor.
No, we provide 24-hour assistance. While all committee members are on-call for the duration of the program, we treat students as we would any person who takes on the responsibility of atttending a four-year university.
Yes, please send an email request to us at as soon as possible.
Yes, participants will spend the first night at the Illini Union hotel, located at 1401 W. Green St., Urbana, Illinois, or the TownePlace Suites, located at 603 S. 6th St, Champaign, IL 61820. Participants will stay 2 to a room. They will spend the second night with a volunteer host at either the dorms or their apartments. You will need a sleeping bag and pillow for that night!
If you registered online, an email is already sitting in your inbox, confirming whether or not you are a SITE participant. If you are on the waiting list, we will notify you as soon as space opens up.
You will receive a link to pay the $140 fee via Paypal. NOTE: you will have 7 days to complete your payment for the program before your guaranteed spot will be opened to those on the waitlist. Your payment and permission slip need to be received by January 15.

If your payment is not received by this date, your space will be given to someone on the waiting list. If you were placed on the waiting list, please do not send any payment until we contact you again.
There are two airports to fly into: Willard Airport (which you can only fly into from Chicago O'Hare or from Dallas-Ft. Worth) and Chicago O'Hare.

From Willard, you will need to take a taxi or Uber to campus, or you can send an email request to as soon as possible for transportation.

From O'Hare, you can take a bus. We recommend Peoria Charter. An alternative is Suburban Express, but as a fair warning, please be careful to follow their rules. Getting off at Panda Express or Altgeld will get you very close to the Union and Engineering Hall.

Amtrak is also a viable route, but they tend to be late and only stop at Union Station in Chicago and Illinois Terminal in Champaign.
That's okay! Please let us know as soon as possible via email. We have limited space and would like to extend this opportunity to as many students as possible. If you already paid the attendance fee, we unfortunately cannot refund it as all reservations for SITE are made in advance.