New Student Orientation for First-Year Students (Freshmen)

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

After returning your UIS Admission Acceptance Form, 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 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 WeekKickStart is a two-day program.  Please keep this in mind as work, vacations, and other activities are being planned and scheduled.

The Orientation Fee covers costs for the student and up to 2 parents/family members/guests to attend KickStart.  It is non-refundable. The online registration form is the only way to pay the Orientation Fee by credit card. Personal/cashier’s check and money order payments can be sent by mail or paid at KickStart check-in. Students can also elect to defer the Orientation Fee to the student’s semester bill (due September 28 for fall orientation; February 28 for spring). 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.  

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 by check or money order on site if you are unsure of guest attendance.


For students enrolling in the Summer and Fall Semester 2017

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

…this will allow you to enter our online registration form 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 admissions@uis.edu 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 webmail.uis.edu and use your NetID and password to log in.

First-Year (Freshmen) New Student Orientation Brochure (cover)
First-Year (Freshmen) New Student Orientation Brochure cover

Step 2: Review Orientation Communications for information about programs

First-Year (Freshmen) Post-Card [mailed to students after they accept admission]

Parent Postcard for parents of students admitted for Summer/Fall 2017

Summer/Fall 2017 New Student Brochure in pdf (mailing starts February)

Parents Brochure (mailing starts February)

Step 3: Register for KickStart,  Orientation Part I  (students will only need to attend one, two-day session):

  • F1:  Tuesday, June 13-Wednesday, June 14  (Open to 40 Traditional; 20 CAP Honors students)
  • F2:  Friday, June 16-Saturday, June 17  (Open to 40 Traditional; 20 CAP Honors students; Athlete preferred session)
  • F3:   Monday, June 19-Tuesday, June 20  (Open to 40 Traditional; 20 CAP Honors students; Athlete preferred session)
  • F4:  Thursday, June 22-Friday, June 23  (Open to 40 Traditional; 20 CAP Honors students; Athlete preferred session)
  • F5:  Monday, July 17-Tuesday, July 18 (Open to 20 Traditional; 20 STARS students)
  • F7: Monday, August 21 – Tuesday, August 22 **

** This session is reserved for students admitted/accepted after July 1, out-of-state, and international students*; Athlete preferred session for late admits and out-of-state athletes). Registration for this date will open July 15, 2017.

* 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.

Registration for Summer/Fall KickStart will open February 1, 2017.  

Step 4: Review the Summer 2017 KickStart schedule before making travel arrangements (Draft available February 1 and updated until schedule finalized in late May. Start and end times for each day are available below, as are optional programming for Day 1 morning.  You will receive a detailed program at your KickStart session).

DAY 1

8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Orientation Help Desk.  Founders Residence Hall Lobby . Orientation Leaders (OLs) are available to help direct you around campus or answer questions about the KickStart program.

9 – 12 p.m.

Office of Financial Assistance Open. University Hall Building (UHB), 1015. Do you have questions about your award letter? Students and parents can meet your Financial Assistance Counselor to review the Financial Aid award and the cost of attendance. We strongly encourage all students and their families to meet with their counselor to review their financial aid award while they are here on campus for KickStart.

9 – 11:30 a.m.

English and Math Placement Testing. Testing Services, Human Resources Building, room 112 (bldg 6 on campus map).  See step 5 below. Plan 45 – 60 minutes for each test you are required to take and factor that into your travel plans so you can take placement tests, check into your overnight housing, eat lunch, and then check-in to KickStart before 12:25 p.m.

Sports Physicals for Athletes. Health Center.  Business Services Building (building 3 on campus map).  Athletics will contact students with information on making appointments between 9 a.m. and noon on Day 1 or after 3 on Day 2. Only offered F2, F3, F4, and F 7.

Campus Tours. Departing from the FRH Lobby. Available on request (depending on the weather).

Parent & Family Relaxation Station.  (9 a.m. – 5 p.m.).  Waiting for a student to finish Placement Testing, the Relaxation Station has seating and some refreshments (while they last) available. The Food Emporium on the 1st floor of the Public Affairs Center (PAC) sells food and refreshments too.

10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Student Overnight KickStart Housing Check-in. Founders Residence Hall (FRH). Students will be able to check into their KickStart overnight housing assignment. Linens (sheets, blanket, bath towel, handtowel, wash cloth) are provided when you check-in. This will most likely not be your fall housing assignment.  Commuter students are also required to stay in overnight housing.

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Honors Parents & Families Capital Scholar Honors Program Overview.  (This session will only be offered June 13, June 16, June 19, and June 22).

11 am. – 12:15 p.m.

Lunch on Your Own – Try our Food Emporium in the Public Affairs Center (PAC) Building, 1st Floor.  The Food Emporium accepts cash and major credit cards. 

11:30 a.m. – 12:25 p.m.

Orientation Check-in.
If you would like to pay your Orientation Fee and additional Guest Fees when you check in, we will accept your payment by personal or cashier’s check or money order (made payable to the University of Illinois at Springfield, please make sure the student’s name and UIN are on the check).  We are sorry, we are unable to accept cash or credit cards on site.  

12:30 p.m.

Welcome

  • UIS Academic Overview;
  • Making Financial Assistance Work for Student Success;
  • Student Accounts, Billing, Direct Deposit, and Payment Plans;
  • The i-Card: Meal Plans, Campus Cash.

2 – 11:59 p.m.

2 – 5 Student only session.  

2 – 5 Parent and Family programming

5 – 6 Campus Opportunities Fair

6 p.m.  Parents/Families depart for hotels or optional downtown Springfield adventure (TBA)

6 p.m. Students – dinner with the orientation team

7 p.m. Student only session

8:45 – 11:59 p.m.  Evening Programming: TRAC and Residence Hall.

Day 2

7 a.m.

Students – Late wake-up call; pack and check luggage to secure storage before going to breakfast.

7:30 a.m.

Students: Breakfast with the Orientation Team.  (Parents & Family Members will need to eat breakfast on their own. Many hotels offer a continental breakfast).

8:20 – 8:55 a.m.

Orientation Group Meeting (Students)

8:20 – 8:55 a.m.

Parent/Family Coffee Social with UIS Administrators and Faculty Members

9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.  

see draft schedule of Parent and Student information sessions

2:30 – 4 p.m.

Student Athletes, Parents & Family Members Information Session with Athletics. (These sessions will only be offered on Athlete preferred dates (June 17, June 20, June 23 and August 22. Athletics will be sending out more information about this session.

Step 5:  Placement Testing

Entering students may have to take Math, Reading, or Foreign Language Placement Exams.

* Generally, an ACT Math Subscore of 22 or below requires a placement exam. Majors in Business, Sciences, Math, and Computer Science have stricter placement requirements and specified math coursework. Review the grid to determine if you are required to test.

* An ACT Reading or English subscore of 20 or below generally requires a placement exam.

If you are unclear about the major requirements for ACT scores please contact your advisor:

* Capital Scholar Honors students contact CAP by phone (217)-206-7246 or (800)-252-8533 or by email at capitalscholars@uis.edu.

* All other first-year students contact the Office of Advising Services, Information and Support (OASIS) by e-mail advising@uis.edu or phone (217) 206-7471.

Taking Placement Tests Before KickStart. It is strongly encouraged that students take English and Math Placement Testing before their KickStart session by going to one of our remote sites, or if you live near Springfield, to our Testing Services office here on campus. Taking tests before your KickStart date will shorten your KickStart day and allow you and your family to arrive on campus later in the morning.

Placement Testing is scheduled at UIS throughout the year. Contact Testing Services for days and times. Testing can be scheduled at remote testing locations throughout Illinois and the United States. Click on this link or copy and paste https://illinois.edu/fb/sec/1998251 to request a testing location near you.

There is a small fee to test at the remote sites (but not at UIS). Save your receipt from the remote testing site payment and bring it with you to your KickStart session. You can turn it in to the OASIS Advising staff who will submit it and generate a reimbursement to your student account for you.

* Placement Test Practice Questions: https://secure-media.collegeboard.org/digitalServices/pdf/accuplacer/accuplacer-sample-questions-for-students.pdf

Foreign Language Placement depends on your major or program of study or TOEFL, ACT/SAT scores. Contact the Modern Languages Department for questions about Foreign Language Placement. To schedule your Foreign Language Placement test for the morning on the first day of your KickStart session between 9 and 11 a.m. complete the Modern Languages Placement Testing Request form.

 

Step 6: Review the New Student Checklist for First-Year Freshmen, Make Travel Arrangements, & Hotel Arrangements for Parents/Families

Students should print the Checklist so they can keep track of things they need to do before Kickstart, Launch Week, and classes. We also have suggestion on what to bring to Kickstart for both students and parents.

Step 7: Prepare for August Launch Week 

Request off work. Review the Launch Week Schedule.  This is mandatory.  Your i-Card will be swiped as you attend each program. Students who do not attend mandatory programs will be required to do make-up sessions on Friday afternoons the first month of the semester. Failure to attend make-up sessions will result in students not being advised or registered during priority registration for the spring semester.  Students will have to wait until open registration to meet with an advisor.


Students Enrolling in the Spring 2018 Semester

Dates for Spring KickStart and January Launch Week for students admitted to our Spring Semester are available on our Future Orientation Dates page. Please review this information as you plan Family vacations, personal activities.  The information on this website will be updated in mid October to reflect the Spring programs and schedules. If you have already accepted admission to UIS you will start to receive mailings from our office after October 15.  Registration for Spring KickStart will open on late October.

 

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

UIS is now a Tobacco Free Campus
UIS is now a Tobacco Free Campus


For questions about New Student Orientation
please contact us at (217) 206.8181 or email UISOrientation@uis.edu