Graduate Orientation

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

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 from their departments.

* This Graduate Orientation coordinated by the Office of New Student Orientation is for US domestic students (citizens/permanent residents) accepted into a UIS degree program. New Graduate 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.  

Transfer_Graduate_Orientation_Brochure 17_18 The Transfer/Graduate Transfer/Graduate Orientation Brochure (cover)New Student Orientation Brochure for Summer/Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 is in pdf format.  The brochure will be mailed to domestic students (US citizens/permanent residents) who have already accepted their admission.  If you have moved since submitting your application, email and ask to update your record with your new mailing information).

For Students Admitted to the Spring 2018 Semester

There will be two orientation session for new graduate students entering in the Spring 2018 semester: Monday, December 4, 2017 and Tuesday, January 9, 2018.

For Students Admitted to the Summer and Fall 2018 Semesters

Information will be available in mid-February 2018.  Please keep checking back.

All New Students

Please make sure you meet with your academic adviser (see information below on how to contact adviser), register for classes, and complete the New Student Checklist for Graduate Students before classes start – even if you cannot attend orientation.  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.

Register for our Transfer/Graduate Orientation.

Click here to Register for Monday, December 4 or Tuesday, January 9 Transfer/Graduate New Student Orientation Sessions . If you have any difficulties with the link contact our office during business hours at 217/206-8181 or email us at


Schedule for December 4 and January 9

4-5:30 p.m.     Check-in, Public Affairs Center, 1st Floor Teardrop Entrance Lobby

4-5:30 p.m.    Taking Care of Business: last chance advising for transfers, register for classes, get your i-Card, meet with your 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.

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

University Welcome
Making Financial Aid Work for Student Success
Student Accounts, Billing, Direct Deposit, and Payment Plans
The i-card: Eat, Study, Play – It’s Everywhere You Might Need to Be

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

The Graduate Public Service Internship (GPSI) and Graduate Assistantships

(Please note, these 2 presentations will not be offered during the June 1 Orientation.  Both presenters will be unable to come to campus that day.  If you were thinking of coming to the June session you will be able to do everything else on the schedule, but if you want to attend these Graduate Student session, please choose the July 19 or August 18 dates.  We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. )


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.

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 this late in the afternoon/early evening).

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.

Can’t Make It to an Orientation Session?

You do not have to attend orientation to register for your classes however, you are strongly encouraged to consult with your academic or college advisor prior to attempting to register. Student transferring with 30 -45 credits or are new to IL are strongly encouraged to attend orientation.

If you are unable to attend an orientation session you can register for classes after during Open Registration.  Open course registration for the summer and fall 2017 semesters begins on April 10. For the spring 2018 semester, open registration will begin on November 13. Information pertaining to the summer and fall semesters can be found on the Records and Registration website. For quick reference, please see the links below:

·         Course Schedules

·         Semester Information (including summer and fall calendars, etc.)

·         Video – how to register online for classes

Fall 2018 Students Moving Into On-Campus Residence Halls, Apartments and Townhomes

Graduate Students who are moving into UIS’s on-campus apartments need to make arrangements with the Department of Residence Life about move in. Please refer to their website for times and dates for move-in.

For Students Admitted to the Spring 2019 Semester (January)

The online registration form for the December and January Transfer/Graduate Orientation sessions will be available in mid to late October 2018. You have to have been admitted to the university in order to register for orientation.

For Students Considering enrollment in the Summer and Fall 2019 Semesters

We will have dates posted in our Future Orientation Dates page in early October 2018.