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New Student Orientation and Parent Relations University of Illinois Springfield

New Student Orientation for First-Year Students

Welcome to UIS – We are so excited that you have chosen to come to our University!

First Year students at Playfair, August 2014

First Year students at Playfair, August 2014

You are probably very excited about being admitted and trying to work through your next steps on your journey to entering UIS.  After returning your acceptance form and deposits, one of those next steps is registering and then attending a New Student Orientation Program.  New Student Orientation is designed to assist you and your parents/family/guests in making the transition to university life.

All new first-year students are required to participate in an orientation session prior to your first semester. 

Your journey to college begins with Orientation. Students have to attend one of the 7 two-day Orientation sessions and the August Orientation, please keep this in mind as work and vacations are being scheduled.

Family Orientation

Orientation is most beneficial when students and parents/family members/guardians attend together. We have designed a parent/family program to provide new students and their families with information to prepare for this new step in the student’s academic career. The Orientation Fee includes expenses for the first-year student and up to two family members.  There will be a fee for any additional guests to cover the meal costs during orientation.  Parents/Family members and guests will need to make overnight accommodations at one of our area hotels. Only students participating in the orientation program will be allowed to stay in the residence halls.

While we enjoy having siblings be a part of the Orientation process, Orientation may not be suited for young children and toddlers. From our experience the younger children get bored easily. They might have a better time at home with family members or friends and among their favorite playthings.

Before Registering for Orientation…Create Your NetID.

Before you can make your reservation you will need to create your NetID – this will allow you to enter our reservation program which is available through our secure Enterprise system.  Your NetID will also activate your UIS email account.  It is very important to check this email account a couple times a week because the University will be sending all official communications to your UIS email account, including confirmation of your orientation reservation and any reminders and program updates that we will send.

Only admitted students who have signed and returned their acceptance letters and deposit will be able to register for an orientation session.  So make sure you sign and return that acceptance letter and send in any deposits before you make your orientation reservation.

Summer Two-Day Orientation Dates 

These two-day Orientation sessions will be held in June and July, involving an overnight stay for students – even for students who live locally and are planning on commuting during the school year. The goal of the overnight session is to provide opportunities for students to meet other members of their class and to give students an understanding of the residential, on-campus living experience.

On your reservation form you will rank your top three (3) Orientation dates. Because of space restrictions we do limit the size of our orientation sessions. Please review the notes after each session as well. If you have accepted admission to the Honors Program there are four dates that Honors advsiors will be available and you must select from those four dates. Some sessions fill up quickly which is why we need you to identify two alternatives.

  • F1:     Friday, June 12 – Saturday, June 13  (Space for 40 Traditional Students)
  • F2:    Monday, June 15 – Tuesday, June 16   (Space for 35 Honors Students and 40 Traditional Students)
  • F3:    Thursday, June 18 – Friday, June 19  (Space for 35 Honors Students and 40 Traditional Students)
  • F4:    Friday, July 10 – Saturday, July 11     (Space for 35 Honors Students and 40 Traditional Students)
  • F5:    Monday, July 13 – Tuesday, July 14    (Space for 35 Honors Students and 40 Traditional Students)
  • STARs Summer Bridge:  July 20 – July 21: STARs Bridge Program Participant and Family Orientation session (See STARS website for more information about the July 20 – 31 program and participant information. Bridge participants will also attend the August Orientation programs.
  • F7:    August TBA (reserved for students admitted/accepted after July 1. Registration will open July 21)

August Orientation

When making work and summer vacation plans please make a note of the August Orientation schedule of activities (a schedule of activities and more details will be available July 1):

  • August 19:     Move-in for students living on-campus. Details about roommates and move-in times will be made available by Residence Life in July.   ** If you know you will be driving to Springfield and staying overnight while you are moving your student in you may want to make hotel reservations now.  The Illinois State Fair is August 13-23, 2015.  
  • August 19:     Commuter Meet ‘n Greet (mandatory for all first-year commuters)
  • August 19:     New Student & Family Welcome Dinner (5-6 p.m.) FREE!
  • August 19:     New Student & Family Convocation (6-7 p.m. ) FREE!
  • August 20-22:  August Orientation (mandatory for all first years)
  • August 24:     First Day of Classes

International Students

* International Students will be attending the International Student Orientation coordinated by the Office of International Student Services. Please visit their page for more information.  

Do you have to take Placement Testing?

Entering students may have to take Math, Reading, or Foreign Language Placement Exams.  Math Placement often depends on ACT scores and your intended major.  Reading Placement is dependent on your English/Reading ACT scores.  Foreign Language Placement depends on your major or program of study or TOEFL, ACT/SAT, or Millicent scores if you are an International Student and English is not your first language. For more information about Placement Test requirements visit

Placement Testing at UIS.

Placement testing will not be offered at UIS as part of the Orientation program.  Students registering for the June/July orientation program must complete placement testing in advance on campus or at a more convenient remote site or make arrangements to take the exam(s) on campus that morning.  We encourage students living within a 50 mile radius of UIS to make arrangements to take placement tests before your orientation date – this will shorten your time on campus.

Scheduling Placement Tests Before Orientation.

Go to to request placement testing before your Orientation date. When your request is received and your registration is complete, you will receive an email with your registration number and instructions to schedule your exam time at the remote location. Please send in your request at least 4 weeks before your planned orientation date to allow sufficient time to register and schedule your exam. If you do not receive the confirmation email 7-10 days from the date you submit the request, or you have other questions, please call the Advising Center at 217-206-7471.


For more information about New Student Orientation
please contact us at (217) 206.8181 or email