New Student Orientation for First-Year Students (Freshmen)
Welcome to UIS – We are so excited that you have chosen to come to our University!
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 Week. KickStart 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 (we cannot accept cash, traveler’s checks, or international money orders) 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. 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 on site if you are unsure of guest attendance.
For students enrolling in the Spring 2018 Semester
Information about your orientation programming will be available by October 20. Check back for more information. In the meantime, put these mandatory orientation dates on your calendar:
Move-in for new first-year, freshmen starting in January 2018: Wednesday, January 10, check in from 9 – 10 a.m. or 9 – 10 p.m.
Spring KickStart: Wednesday, January 10-11 KickStart Orientation Check-in 11:45 a.m. – 12:25 p.m. Our program begins at 12:30 and will end at 6 p.m. for parents/families, 8:45 p.m. for students; Thursday, the program begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 2:30 p.m. for parents (Launch Week begins at 3 p.m. for students)
Spring Launch Week: Thursday, January 11-13 and 15. Thursday: 4 – 8 p.m. Friday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Monday, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Students Enrolling in the Summer and Fall Semester 2018
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.
For questions about New Student Orientation
please contact us at (217) 206.8181 or email UISOrientation@uis.edu