New Student Orientation for First-Year Students (Freshmen)

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

New Students having fun with the Instagram Frame during KickStart
New Students having fun with the Instagram Frame during KickStart

Your journey to college begins after returning your UIS Admission Acceptance Form. New Student Orientation is designed to assist you and your parents/family/guests in making the transition to university life and being a successful Prairie Star.

All first-year students (and Transfer Freshmen with less than 30 hours) will attend both of our mandatory Orientation programs: KickStart and Launch Week.

KickStart is a two-day program. Launch Week is several days before the start classes.  Please keep this in mind as work, vacations, and other activities are being planned and scheduled.

The Orientation Fee covers costs for the student to attend KickStart and Launch.  It also covers costs for the KickStart Guidebook and some meals for 2 parents/family members/guests. It is non-refundable. You can pay your Orientation Fee online by credit card anytime after registering for KickStart -just go to your Admission Status page and click on the Payment due item above your KickStart reservation and follow directions. Personal/cashier’s check and money order payments can be sent by mail or paid at KickStart check-in (we cannot accept cash, traveler’s checks, or international checks or money orders). Students can also elect to defer the Orientation Fee to the student’s semester bill. Please keep in mind that Orientation Fees are not calculated in the Office of Financial Assistance’s Cost of Attendance calculations and financial assistance awards might not be enough to cover this fee.  

Autumn Harris and her dad learn more about the services PNC Bank offers students during the KickStart Campus Opportunities Fair
Autumn Harris and her dad learn more about the services PNC Bank offers students during the KickStart Campus Opportunities Fair

Guest Fee for Additional Guests. There is an additional $25 guest fee per person for 3 or more guests. The guest fee covers some costs for meals and refreshments. The guest fee is non-refundable.  Please keep this in mind when you complete the registration form. You can pay the guest fee at KickStart on site if you are unsure of guest attendance.

For students enrolling in the Summer or Fall 2018 Semester

(this page is in the process of being updated and will be complete by January 30)

Registration for Summer 2018 KickStart will open the first week of February 2018.  Students, you will need the email and password you use to check your UIS Admissions Status Page to log into the KickStart registration form.

Below are steps you need to complete to register and prepare for KickStart and Launch Week.  Please note, the schedule is tentative. It will be updated in throughout the spring and finalized in May as we confirm our program. Check back for updates.

KickStart 2017 advising on day 2
KickStart 2017 students receiving advising on day 2


Step 1: Claim Your NetID and Access Your UIS Email Account.  

…this will allow you to enter our student enterprise system which you will use for course registration at KickStart and automatically generate your UIS email account.  You will need:

  • the University Identification Number (UIN) you were assigned in your acceptance letter, and
  • the Token (security code) sent to the personal e-mail address you used for your UIS application. If you accidentally deleted your email contact to have it resent to you. This can take up to 2 regular business days.

You can check your UIS email after you complete this step: go to and use your newly created NetID and password to log in.

Step 2: Students review Orientation Communications for information about programs * Parents see your publications on the parent page. 

First-Year (Freshmen) Post-Card [mailed within 1 week of accepting admission]

Orientation Brochure for First-Years entering UIS Summer and Fall of 2018 [mailed 2 weeks after accepting admission]

Step 3: Register for KickStart,  Orientation Part I  (students will only need to attend one, two-day session.  Space available as of June 5, 2017):

  • F1:
  • F2:
  • F3:
  • F4:
  • F5:
  • F7:  ** (Last session for Fall 2018 semester.  Students living in residence halls or on-campus will check into their fall housing assignment on Monday, August 21 from 9-10 a.m. in the Public Affairs Center [PAC] near room 124.  Bring your state id or driver’s license to get your i-Card before checking in with housing.  Commuter students will commute to campus for the KickStart program on both Monday and Tuesday.  See schedule below for times).

* International freshmen students, KickStart and Launch Week are mandatory.  This is in addition to new International student requirements. Visit International Student Services for more information.



Student Postcard Summer/Fall 2018_front cover








On Your Own...New Student Brochure for Spring 2018 First-Year (Freshmen) Students
On Your Own…New Student Brochure for Fall & Summer 2018 First-Year (Freshmen) Students

On Your Own_New Student Brochure Summer/Fall 2018

Students Enrolling in the Summer and Fall Semester 2018

Playing Big Pink Volleyball_Evening Fun at KickStart
Playing Big Pink Volleyball_Evening Fun at KickStart

Dates for Summer KickStart and August Launch Week for students admitted to our Summer and Fall Semesters will be available on our Future Orientation Dates page by the end of October. Please review this information as you plan family vacations and personal activities.  The information on this website will be updated in late January to reflect the Summer programs and schedules. If you have already accepted admission to UIS you will start to receive mailings from our office after January 22.  Registration for Summer KickStart will open on February 2.


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

UIS is now a Tobacco Free Campus
No Smoking on University Grounds

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