Wonder what college is like?

Experience the life of a Gies Business student!

The Business Shadow program runs October through November and February through April (excluding break periods), and allows prospective students to attend a class and have a meal with one of our Business Student Ambassadors. This is a great opportunity to see what a college class is like, to ask questions about academics and campus life, and to meet some of the most widely renowned faculty in the world!

Sample Itinerary

9:15 a.m.: Arrive at the Business Instructional Facility and meet with your Business Student Ambassador

9:30 – 10:50 a.m.: Attend class with your Business Student Ambassador

11 – 11:30 a.m.: Enjoy lunch and ask questions in a more relaxed setting


Please arrive ten to fifteen minutes before your scheduled shadow time. Classes are either 50 minutes or 80 minutes in length, and therefore shadow times may vary.



Prospective and admitted students: click here to see and register for this spring’s available shadow dates and times.


Students selected for the Business Honors program: click here to see and register for a shadow date.


Within 2-3 business days of submitting your request, you will receive a confirmation email once your request has been matched with a Business Ambassador; that email will include the Business Ambassador’s name, confirmed shadow time, location, and other important details.


Two notes:

1.Shadow requests need to be made at least 4 business days in advance of the desired shadow date to accommodate scheduling.

2. Available shadows are listed online for now through April 27; our spring break this year is March 17-25, 2018. Note that if you sign up for a shadow date that is after our spring break, we will contact you around spring break to confirm your attendance. All other sign-ups will receive a reminder email 48 prior to your scheduled shadow date.

If you have questions about the program, have scheduled a Shadow and can no longer attend, or need special accommodations, please contact us at 217-244-3890 or  admissionsteam@business.illinois.edu. We look forward to having you here on campus!