New Student Orientation and Parent Relations

New Student Orientation assists students with their transition to the university’s academic, social, and cultural community through purposeful programs, providing a foundation for student success.

The O-Team on break
The O-Team on break

Receive reminders and stay up-to-date with information about our orientation and family programming.

What’s New:

  • Registration is open for Spring KickStart for first-year freshmen.
  • Transfer and Graduate Students enrolling in the spring 2018 semester can register for our Transfer/Graduate Orientation programs: Monday, December 4 and Tuesday, January 9.
  • Enrolling in UIS for Summer or Fall 2018? See Future Orientation Dates for dates.  Summer KickStart registration for First-Year Freshmen will open February 1, 2018.   Transfer/Graduate Orientation registration will open mid-February .
  • Review our webpages for first-year (freshmen), Transfer, and Graduate Student orientation information and new student checklists.

Receive reminders and stay up-to-date with information about our orientation and family programming.


UIS is a Tobacco-Free campus as mandated by the State of Illinois.

UIS is now a Tobacco Free Campus
Tobacco-Free Campus


(217) 206.8181


Office Location

Student Affairs Building (SAB 60)

Office Hours

8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. CST.   Monday thru Friday.


Young Abe the Orientation Leader
Young Abe the Orientation Leader

Reduced Staffing Days and Holidays

Our office may have reduced staffing during university semester breaks when Student Orientation Coordinators are not working.  This will impact our ability to respond to communications in a timely manner during Thanksgiving Recess (Wednesday, November 22, 2017) and Spring Break (March 12-15, 2018).

The Office of New Student Orientation & Parent Relations will be closed December 23, 2017 – Monday, January 1, 2018.  Please refer to our webpages for information about Spring Orientation programs. We will answer any calls and emails, and process orientation reservations when we return starting January 2, 2018.

Our office will have reduced staffing May 7-18, 2018).  Our Student Orientation Coordinators will be taking finals May 7-11 and then a week off after finals week. Please be patient as it will take longer to return emails and phone calls.

UIS is closed on the following holidays: New Years Eve and Day; Martin Luther King, Jr Day; Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day Thursday and Friday; Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.