The Yates Fellowship Program is for first-generation college students and provides a yearlong learning community that will provide support for students as they begin their journey at Illinois College. It begins with a ten day program prior to the start of the academic year. Students will spend the first five days online and the following five days in-person. During the summer program, students work closely with Illinois College faculty members strengthening skills in reading and writing, improving organizational and study skills, and gaining a clearer sense of how a liberal arts college prepares students to achieve their life and career goals. Students will work closely with the Yates leadership team and an academic advisor throughout the entire academic year. There is no cost to participate in this program.