Visits and Events
UIS has a variety of options that allow you to explore our campus and get to know our community virtually or in-person.
Prospective freshmen, transfer, graduate, international and online students can get questions answered, get an overview of the university and admission process, meet one-on-one virtually with an admission counselor, engage with other UIS staff/faculty and learn what UIS alumni do.
UIS is hosting campus visits Monday-Saturday this fall, beginning Tuesday, September 8 through December 11. Nine visitors are allowed per campus visit event. Visitors are able to register up to 2 guests to attend with them. A campus visit includes a 30-minute presentation followed by a campus tour. Walking tours of campus will last approximately one hour and will be conducted completely outdoors. Please wear appropriate footwear and dress for the weather. To protect our students, faculty, and staff, buildings will be closed to tours, including residential spaces.
Guests may park in visitor designated spots in Parking Lot G & J. Use GPS direction 2251 Richard Wright Drive to get to the Parking Lots. Visitors should check-in at the Admission Desk in the University Hall building #14, on the campus map.
Please note the following to have a safe campus visit experience:
- Guests and visitors to the UIS campus are required to wear a face covering over their mouth and nose and to follow appropriate physical distancing protocols.
- Family members may stay together as a group, but should maintain 6’ distance from another family unit, guest or university member.
- Guests and visitors will be encouraged to wash/sanitize their hands as they enter and depart destinations on campus.
- To protect the safety of our students, residential living spaces will not be part of campus tours. However, guests can virtually tour residential living spaces.
- Anyone experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should not visit campus. Please contact us to re-schedule your appointment.
Virtual tours are available of our housing options. We are particularly proud of the diversity of our residence life options which include residence halls, apartments, townhomes, and a variety of living learning communities (LLCs).
Monday, February 15, 2021 – Presidents Day
Saturday, April 17, 2021
Thursday, July 15, 2021
Meet one on one by video with a UIS admission counselor as many times as you need throughout your college selection process. Appointments are available between 8:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Fridays.
Prospective students can now schedule an appointment to meet with one of our Student Ambassadors. Ambassador appointments are available between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.
UIS is participating in a number of virtual college fairs so students and families have a chance to learn more about us.
Our webinars and virtual information sessions provide a great opportunity to learn about the UIS experience. Each webinar is approximately 45 minutes long and led by Admission staff. RSVPs are encouraged, but never required to join. To view upcoming webinars click here. View our library of past webinars here.
Connect with Us
There’s no better way to catch a glimpse of campus life at UIS than our UIS Instagram feed. We’re on other channels, too! Connect with us on Facebook, SnapChat and Twitter to get the full UIS experience.
Experience Campus from Home
See for yourself why so many say #YestoUIS and hear from our students about what “Leadership lived” means to them and what advice they have for you!
- Our Getting to Know UIS video series is a great way to get an insider’s look on the resources and services UIS has to offer students.
- Check out our Why Choose UIS video series to hear directly from current students about the features that attracted them to UIS. And then head over to our Student Features playlist to learn about our Prairie Stars a little more in depth. From musical scholars to aspiring politicians and everything in between, the UIS family is a diverse and talented bunch!
- We love being a part of the Springfield community, and so does our beloved mascot, Orion. Check out his recent tour of popular Springfield locations – we love Lincoln around here as well as our locally owned coffees shops, the popular downtown farmer’s market and much more!
- This Campus Aerial Video Tour offers a bird’s-eye view of our beautiful 740-acre campus.
- Our Virtual Housing Tours showcase our modern residence halls and spacious townhomes and apartments for juniors, seniors, graduate students and families.
- Instagram Campus Tour
- Orion Tours Springfield
Picture yourself here at UIS!
In the very near future, YOU could be enjoying the many exciting, fulfilling opportunities we offer our Prairie Stars.
Meet our Alumni
UIS graduates soar into exciting futures upon completion of their degree. In fact, for the class of 2018, 93 percent of UIS undergraduates and 87 percent of graduates are employed, performing service, in the military or are continuing their education within a year of graduating.