Transfer Orientation

Welcome to UIS.  We are so glad you chose our University!

We know you have been to another college or university already, but Transfer Student Orientation is a great way to get acquainted with the University of Illinois Springfield campus and our students, staff and faculty. Our transfer orientation will help you to become more knowledgeable of what UIS has to offer and make your transition to the UIS campus much easier.

* 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 Transfer/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.  

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.  See the schedule and information below.

For Students Admitted to the Summer and Fall 2018 Semesters

Information will be available in mid-February 2018.  Review our Future Orientation Dates page until we update this page with Summer & Fall information in February.  Registration for Summer and Fall Transfer/Graduate New Student Orientation sessions will open up mid-February. The last orientation sessions you are able to attend if you are planning on entering UIS in the Fall 2017 semester is Friday, August 18.

Transfer/Graduate Orientation Brochure (cover)
Transfer/Graduate Orientation Brochure (cover)

Download a pdf of our Transfer/Graduate New Student Orientation Brochure The New Transfer/Graduate Student Orientation Brochure for 2017_18 (The brochure will be mailed to students who have already accepted their admission starting April 14.  If you have moved since submitting your application, email and ask to update your record with your new mailing information).

All New Students

Please make sure you meet with your academic adviser (see information below on how to contact an adviser), register for classes, and complete items on the New Student Checklist for Undergraduate Transfer Students before classes start – even  if you cannot make it to orientation.  There are several items of university business that require students to act by a certain deadline.  Failure to do so will result in financial penalties.

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 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 p.m.     Office of Advising Services, Information & Support (OASIS) Academic Overview for Transfer Students.


You should arrange to meet with an advisor prior to coming to Transfer/Graduate Orientation (advising will be open to new students November 13). Transfer students: if you have any last minute questions or need to check on other class options, advisors will be available to consult during the Last Chance Advising session. Be aware that there may be a wait for some advisors due to the demand of certain majors or programs. Last Chance Advising is not meant to take the place of an advising session with your assigned advisor.

Where to Go for Advising  (We update this information as Colleges and Departments inform us about advisor responsibility changes)

Undergraduate Transfer Students who will have 30 or more transfer hours accepted by UIS should contact their college advising office to meet or speak with an advisor before the orientation session or registering for classes.

* College of Business and Management
Erin Sotelo at or call (217) 206-6782.

* College of Education and Human Services
Martin Martsch (Social Work) at or call (217) 206.7571.
Heather McCullough-Nielsen at or call (217) 206-6934.

* College of Liberal Arts and Sciences or call (217) 206-6512.

* College of Public Affairs and Administration  at or call (217) 206-6523.
Jaimie Newby (CPAA Undergraduate Academic Advisor for on ground majors including: Criminology and Criminal Justice, Global Studies, Legal Studies, Political Science, Public Policy and Public Admin B.A.s)
Dennis Ruez (Environmental Science) at or call (217) 206-8425.

* Undergraduate Students who will have 30+ transfer credits accepted and who are transferring to UIS as undeclared or undecided should contact the Office of Advising Services, Information, and Support (OASIS) at or call (217) 206-7471.

*Please note, students transferring fewer than 29 hours are considered freshmen and required to attend the two first-year mandatory orientation: KickStart & Launch Week.

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.”

Check-in and Location  Orientation check-in will be located on the 1st floor of the Public Affairs Center (PAC) by the Teardrop entrance. There will be signs around campus and inside the building entrances to direct you to check-in.

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 From and copies of records);
  • Degree Audit Report (DARs)  – in case you have a last minute question for advisors;
  • Notes on what classes you should register for based on your advisor’s recommendations;
  • 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 sign language or Spanish-language 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 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

Transfer Students who are moving into UIS’s on-campus residence halls, townhouses, or apartments need to make arrangements with the Department of Residence Life about move in. Generally upperclassmen move in the Friday before classes start.   Please refer to their website for times and dates for fall 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.