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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

Step 1: Sign and Return Your UIS Admission Acceptance Form

After returning your Admission Acceptance Form and enrollment confirmation fee, your journey to college begins with Orientation. New Student Orientation is designed to assist you and your parents/family/guests in making the transition to university life. Students have to attend one of the 7 two-day Orientation sessions and Launch Week: Reach for the Stars August 19-22 please keep this in mind as work and vacations are being scheduled.

All new first-year students are required to participate in one of the overnight orientation sessions (Orientation, part 1) and the August Launch Week program (Orientation, part 2) prior to your first semester. 


Step 2: Claim Your NetID and Access Your UIS Email Account

Before you can make your reservation you will need to create your NetID – this will allow you to enter our reservation program and activate your UIS email account.  (Don’t forget to check your UIS email account a couple times a week because all official university communications go to your UIS email account, including confirmation of your orientation reservation and any reminders and program updates that we will send).

Step 3: Register for Orientation

Summer Two-Day Orientation Dates 

These two-day Orientation sessions will be held in June and July and involve 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.

First Year New Student Orientation Brochure

First Year New Student Orientation Brochure

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On the online registration form you will rank your top three (3) Orientation dates. Because of space restrictions we do limit the size of our orientation sessions. If you have accepted admission to the Honors Program there are four dates that Honors Advisors 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 30 Honors Students and 40 Traditional Students)
  • F3:    Thursday, June 18 – Friday, June 19   (Space for 30 Honors Students and 40 Traditional Students)
  • F4:    Friday, July 10 – Saturday, July 11      (Space for 30 Honors Students and 40 Traditional Students)
  • F5:    Monday, July 13 – Tuesday, July 14    (Space for 30 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 out of state students and students admitted/accepted after July 1. Registration will open July 9)

Schedule Overview (you will receive a more detailed schedule at check-in)

Summer Orientation Day 1

8 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Placement Testing Check-in and Testing
Student Overnight Housing Check-in at Founder’s Residence Hall

8:30 am.

Financial Assistance Office Opens for Family Consultations

10 a.m.

Parent & Family Relaxation Station Open

11 am. – 12:15 p.m.

Lunch on Your Own

11:30 am. – 12:30 p.m.

Orientation Check-in

12:30 p.m.

Welcome: UIS Academic Overview; Financial Assistance Overview; USFSCO Billing Overview; I-Card, Meal Plans, and Campus Cash.

2 – 2:25 p.m.

Refreshment Break

2:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Student Session. Rising Stars: How to Succeed While, Really Really Trying

2:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Family and Guest Sessions: Parent Panel and Understanding Your Student’s Transition

4:30-5:30 p.m.

Get It Done Together – Students, Parents, Families, & Guests: Offices including Student Insurance, Immunizations, and more will be available.

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Dinner with the Orientation Team (Students, Parents, Families, & Guests)

6:30 p.m.

Students, Parents, Families, & Guests Session: The Residential Student Experience or The Commuter Student Experience.

7 – 8 p.m.

Parents, Families, & Guests: Parents & Families Dessert Reception.
Parents, Families, & Guests – Depart for hotels

7 – 8:45 p.m.

Students: Living & Learning in our Campus Community.

9 – 11:30 p.m.

Students: Evening Fun.

Day 2

7:15 – 8 a.m.

Students, Parents, Families, and Guests: Breakfast with the Orientation Team

8 – 10:05 a.m.

Students Get It Done (Students will be meet with Advisors, Register for Classes, get their I-Card, and meet with their Orientation Group)

8:15 -10:05 a.m.

Parents, Families, and Guests: Information Sessions. Learn more about Health & Counseling Services, Campus Safety, Campus Technology, Student Insurance, and more.

10:15 – 11:35 a.m.

Students, Parents, Families, and Guests Information Sessions: Learn more about Student Involvement Experiences, Student Employment, Studying Abroad, and more.

11:40 a.m.

Closing & Evaluations (Students, Parents, Families, and Guests)

Step 4:  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 scores. For more information about Placement Test requirements visit

Placement Testing at UIS.

Students registering for the June/July orientation program should 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. If you take a Placement Test at a remote site you will pay a registration fee.  Save that receipt and bring it with you to Orientation…The Office of Advising, Services, Information and Support (OASIS) that coordinates placement testing will reimburse you.  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. Taking tests on the UIS campus are free.

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.

Step 5: See the First-Year student checklist

UIS will become Tobacco-Free on July 1, 2015 as mandated by the state of Illinois.

UIS Tobacco-Free on July 1, 2015.

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

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