Monmouth continues to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic. Our plans for on-campus visitors comply with all expectations and guidelines outlined in Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan and the Tier 3 Mitigations.
In the interest of the health and safety of our visitors and staff and to ensure the most positive visit experience, registration for a campus visit is required. At this time, we are unable to accommodate unscheduled visitors.
During the month of January, on-campus visits will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Monday–Friday. To limit the possibility of exposure, we limit each time slot to two or four visitors (plus their guests) per time. If multiple families are on campus at once, they will meet with different admission counselors and tour in small groups, observing social distancing guidelines. If you do not see availability for a given date then all available visits for that date have been reserved.
The visit will be structured primarily as a welcome conversation with an admission counselor followed by a campus tour. When meeting indoors, we will use large open spaces instead of offices or other enclosed spaces such as conference rooms. Campus tours include walk-throughs of some indoor spaces, but access to specific buildings or spaces may be limited. Tours will include at least one residence hall over the holiday break while our current students are home. Once the spring semester resumes, we will be unable to show residence halls or dining facilities as part of regular tours.
We recommend you arrive on campus as close to your scheduled visit time as possible. When you arrive, please park in the parking lot directly in front of the Center for Science and Business, next to the Admission Building off East Broadway. Please text your admission counselor that you have arrived and they will greet you outside at your car and escort you into the welcome area, where you can use the restroom and/or wash your hands.
For students interested in connecting with a professor in their academic area of interest, we will attempt to schedule a meeting with a professor in person or on Zoom. Please note that faculty appointment opportunities will be limited over the break in December and January. Your counselor may connect you with a faculty member for a Zoom, email or phone appointment after your in-person visit. Please note, the bookstore is not open to visitors, but you can shop the bookstore online.
Face coverings and social distancing
Face coverings or masks that cover your nose and mouth are required of our employees and our guests, even when outdoors. This is the best way for us to ensure the health and safety of our campus community and guests. If you are unable to wear a covering because of a health reason, please note that on your registration. Tours with any guest not able to wear a face covering will be outdoor only.
Staff and guests are required to use proper social distancing (remaining six feet apart) throughout the visit. Per social distancing guidelines, we also discourage direct personal contact and avoid handshakes.
Water fountains on campus have been shut off, but water bottle fillers are available. We encourage you to bring your own water bottle, but we will have reusable water bottles available that you may use and take with you.
Snacks or meals are not available on campus at this time, but restaurants in town are offering patio seating or carryout for families visiting from out of town. Your admission counselor can provide dining recommendations in Monmouth or Galesburg.
All guests and staff are asked to self-monitor their health the day of and in advance of the visit. Anyone who is not feeling well, who is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and/or who realizes they may have been exposed to the virus in the past 14 days should refrain from visiting/coming to work. If you need to cancel your visit, please get in touch with us, and we will gladly help you reschedule. The health and safety of our visitors and employees is our top priority
In the days following your visit, if you begin to experience symptoms associated with COVID-19 (cough, fever, etc), please contact us as soon as possible. In the event that we learn of a confirmed case of someone with whom you may have been in close contact, we will be in touch with you.
While there is no situation that dissolves all risk, our campus operations and visit policies are in accordance with CDC guidelines. We encourage families to explore our Campus COVID dashboard to learn more.
No in-person group visits or open houses
We will continue to offer a variety of virtual events, including mini-classes, “Mondays at Monmouth” (information sessions) and one-on-one opportunities to connect virtually with counselors, students, professors and coaches.