Where is the program held?

It is held at the Allerton Park Retreat Center in Monticello, Illinois. Round-trip transportation, housing in the mansion and adjacent buildings, and three daily meals will be provided for all participants. Learn more about Allerton Park here: https://allerton.illinois.edu/

How much does the program cost?

It is free for all selected participants. Participants will be selected and sponsored financially by their respective colleges, departments, or units. 

Can I arrive later or leave early from The Institute?

No, participants must be able to attend the entirety of the program. Applicants must agree to this expectation when completing the application form in order to be considered eligible.

Can graduate students attend The Institute?

No, this program is only open to Illinois undergraduate students.

What does a typical day look like?

Most days begin with breakfast at 7:45 AM and end around 9:00 or 10:00 PM. Participants can expect to engage in team building activities, group discussions and exercises, and individual reflections each day of the program. Snacks and coffee are also provided to participants throughout each day.