Graduate Orientation

Welcome to UIS and congratulations on your admission to Graduate School!

To assist you in making the most of your experience at UIS, we are inviting you to participate in an Orientation Program for new graduate* students.

Why attend Transfer/Graduate New Student Orientation?

“Out of the 3 schools I’ve attended, this was easily the best and most informative orientation I have been to.”

– January 2016 Graduate Student participant

While orientation is not required of new domestic US graduate student at UIS, your participation in orientation will certainly provide you with a great deal of information about available services on campus and will make your transition to the UIS campus much easier.  It is a great opportunity to take care of business, meet with staff members, and familiarize yourself with the campus before classes start.

* Students attending classes at the University’s Peoria Center or participating exclusively in online programs are not required to attend the orientation programs on the Springfield campus. Students in these programs will receive information about orientation programming from their departments.

* This Graduate Orientation coordinated by the Office of New Student Orientation is for US domestic students accepted into a UIS degree program. Undergraduate Transfer International Students will be attending the New International Student Check-in and Orientation programs coordinated by the Office of International Student Services. Please visit International Student Services for more information on the their programs, visa information, the International Student Orientation Fee and other required paperwork.  

TransferGrad Orientation bk_2016  (Download the Transfer/Graduate Transfer/Graduate Orientation Brochure (cover)New Student Orientation Brochure in pdf format. One should have been mailed to the permanent address you provided on your application).

For Students Admitted to the Spring 2017 Semester

We held our first Transfer/Graduate Student Orientation session for students admitted to the summer semester, on April 11.  Summer classes begin June 6.  Please make sure you meet with your academic adviser (see information below on How to contact adviser), register for classes, and complete the Graduate New Student Checklist before classes start.

For Students Admitted to the Fall 2016 Semester

Students admitted to the fall semester can attend one of the June, July, or August sessions. See the schedules below for starting times.  Only new students who have been admitted to UIS can participate in this program.  We also encourage our new students to bring up to two family members or guests with them so they can learn more about UIS. You can register for this session using the link below.

If you have any difficulties with the link contact our office during business hours at 217/206-8181 or email us at

Graduate New Student Checklist – There are several items of university business that require students to act by a certain deadline.  Failure to do so will result in a financial penalty.

Advising – Graduate students should contact their program office prior to your orientation program to make arrangements to meet with an advisor. There will be no graduate advisors at the Orientation program.

Register for our Transfer/Graduate New Student Orientation. Click here for online form.


Schedule for August 19 (last session for fall 2016 admits), and November 14 (spring 2017 admits)

4-5:30 p.m.     Check-in, PAC Concourse Lobby, Teardrop Entrance

4-5:30 p.m.     Taking Care of Business: last chance advising for transfers, register for classes, get your i-Card, meet with Financial Assistance Counselor, pick up parking passes if you ordered online (August and January session only), drop off immunization form and records, get student insurance/waiver information, set up any additional payers, or take a campus tour. Refreshments will be available.

4-5:30 p.m.     Campus Opportunities Fair: Meet representatives from campus departments and learn more about their programs, services, or resources available.

5:30-6:30 p.m.     Prairie Star Welcome and Presentations:

  • Welcome from New Student Orientation & Parent Relations
  • Financial Aid
  • USFSCO Customer Service and Cashier’s Office
  • I-Card, Meal Plans, and Campus Cash

6:30-7:15 p.m.     Office of Graduate Education Welcome and Overview by the Associate Vice Chancellor for Graduate Education

  • The Graduate Public Service Internship (GPSI) and Graduate Assistantships


Getting to Campus:  Driving Directions

Parking  – Lot C-North and Lot D are the closest visitor parking lots to the PAC Teardrop Entrance. Please note that Lot C-South is a permit-only lot. Please pay attention to the signage on the parking lots. Please refer to the “Visitors and Residential Student Parking map” at

Things to Bring to Orientation

  • Government Issued ID: Passport, Driver’s License, State ID (if you do not have a driver’s license) for your I-Card;
  • Proof of Immunization (Completed UIS Immunization Form and copies of records);
  • Notes on what classes you should register for as outlined by your advisor;
  • Cash in case you want to eat in the Food Emporium Dining Hall (we are providing refreshments, but you might want something more).

Students or Family Members with Disabilities

Should you need accommodations during orientation please indicate this on your registration form or contact our office at least three weeks before your Orientation Session if we need to schedule interpreters.

Fall 2016 Students Moving Into On-Campus Residence Halls, Apartments and Townhomes

Graduate Students who are moving into UIS on-campus townhouses or apartments can get their keys from the Department of Residence Life at the Homer L. Butler Commons (aka Housing Commons, building 20 on the campus map) beginning Friday, August 19 from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

 For Students Admitted to the Spring 2017 Semester (January)

The online registration form for the November and January Transfer/Graduate Orientation sessions is available above. You have to have been admitted to the university in order to register for orientation.

For Students Admitted to the Summer and Fall 2017 Semesters

We will have dates posted in our Future Orientation Dates page in early October.