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 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. 

* Undergraduate International Students transferring to UIS from another college or university in the United States are considered Transfer Students. Undergraduate Transfer International Students will be attending the New International Student Check-in and Orientation programs coordinated by the Office of International Student Services, and the Transfer Student Welcome. Please visit International Student Services for more information on the their programs, visa information, and other required paperwork.  

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

For Students Admitted to the Summer and Fall 2016 Semesters

We held our Transfer/Graduate Student Orientation session for students admitted to the summer semester, on April 11.  Summer classes begin June 6.  Students who were not able to attend this session can register for the June 16 session.  Students should go ahead and contact their academic advisor to discuss what classes to take their first semester and then register for classes.

Students admitted to the fall semester can also select from the June, July, and 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. This is a FREE program, so if you are able to attend take advantage of the time on campus to Take Care of Business!

Advising

You should arrange to meet with an advisor prior to coming to Transfer/Graduate Orientation. 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.

Where to Go for Advising

Undergraduate 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 www.uis.edu/cbam/contact/
Renee Clausner – UHB 4011, (217) 206-8273, rclau2@uis.edu

* College of Education and Human Services www.uis.edu/cehs/contact/
Martin Martsch (Social Work), BRK 345, 206.7571, mmart2@uis.edu
Heather Nielsen – BRK 310, (217) 206-6934, hmccullo@uis.edu

* College of Liberal Arts and Sciences  www.uis.edu/clas/students/resources/advising/
Andy Egizi (Communication, Liberal Arts, Sociology/Anthropology, and Visual Arts – UHB 3045, (217) 206-7456, aegiz1@uis.edu.
Candace Meserole (English, History, Philosophy) – UHB 3033, (217) 206-8235, cmese2@uis.edu.
JP Viray (Biology, Chemistry, and Clinical Laboratory Sciences) – UHB 3043, (217) 206-8224, jvira2@uis.edu.
Robin Vancasik (Psychology) – UHB 3011, (217) 206-6573, rvans3@uis.edu.

* College of Public Affairs and Administration www.uis.edu/cpaa/
PAC 430, (217) 206-6523, Email: CPAA@uis.edu

* Undergraduate Students who will have 16 – 29 transfer credits accepted by UIS should contact the Office of Advising Services, Information, and Support (OASIS) to meet or speak with an advisor before their orientation session or registering for classes. Office of Advising Services, Information, and Support (OASIS) www.uis.edu/advising/. BRK 472, (217) 206-7471, advising@uis.edu

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

Register for our Transfer/Graduate 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 p.m.     Office of Advising Services, Information & Support Academic Overview for Transfer Students.

Schedule for January 10 (last session for spring 2017 admits)

1:30-3 p.m.     Check-in, PAC Concourse Lobby, Teardrop Entrance

1:30-3 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.

1:30-3 p.m.     Campus Opportunities Fair: Meet representatives from campus departments and learn more about their programs, services, or resources available.

3-4 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

4-4:30 p.m.     Office of Advising Services, Information & Support Academic Overview for Transfer Students.

 

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 www.uis.edu/parking/.

Check-in and Location  Orientation check-in will be located on the 1st floor of the Public Affairs Center (PAC) by the Teardrop entrance. Parking is available in lots C-North and D. There will be signs inside the PAC building entrances to direct you to the check-in. See the schedule for your Orientation session for the check-in time.

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 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.


Fall 2016 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 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)

Registration for the November and January 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 for Summer/Fall 2017 Orientation program dates.