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.  While orientation is not required of new 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.

* International Students will be attending the International Student Orientation coordinated by the Office of International Student Services. Please visit their page for more information.  

For Students Admitted to the Spring 2015 Semester

We are holding a Transfer/Graduate Student Orientation session for students who have been accepted to UIS for the spring semester of 2015 on Friday, January 16 from 1-4:30 p.m. in the Public Affairs Center (PAC). Only new students who have been admitted and have returned their acceptance forms 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.  Register for the January session today. If you have any difficulties with this link contact our office during business hours at 217/206-8181 or email us at

Schedule for Friday, January 16

1-2:30 p.m. Check-in, PAC Concourse Lobby, Teardrop Entrance

1-2:30 p.m. Taking Care of Business: register for classes, get your I-Card, meet with Financial Aid staff, pick up parking passes if you ordered online, drop off immunization, get student insurance information, take a campus tour. Refreshments will be available.

1-2:30 p.m. Information Fair: Meet representatives from campus departments and learn more about their programs, services, or resources available.

2:30-3:15 p.m. Prairie Star Welcome and Presentations:

  • Office of Transition Services
  • Financial Aid
  • USFSCO: Cashier’s Office
  • I-Card, Meal Plans, and Campus Cash


  • Office of Graduate Education Welcome and Overview
  • The Graduate Public Service Internship/Graduate Assistantship/Whitney M. Young Graduate Fellowship/Illinois Legislative Staff Intern Program

Advising: Graduate students should contact their advisor prior to the orientation program on Friday, January 16 for advising on their classes.  There will be no graduate advisors at the Orientation program.

Getting to Campus: Driving Directions

Parking: Lot C is the closest to the PAC Teardrop Entrance.  Please reference the “Visitors and Residential Student Parking map” link for further details. 

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 (immunization records) to turn into Health Services/Immunization table;
  • Proof of Insurance (your or parent/guardian insurance card) to complete waiver at Student Insurance table;
  • Notes on what classes you should register for;
  • Cash in case you want to have lunch 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.