New Student Orientation and Parent Relations

New Student Orientation assists students with their transition to the university’s academic, social, and cultural community through purposeful programs, providing a foundation for student success.

What’s New:

  • NSOPR has two student employment positions now available on Career Connect: Social Media and Marketing Communications Student Assistant and Orientation Reservations & Records Student Assistant.  Applications due Friday, January 25, preferred start date February 1.
  • The Orientation Leader position is now available in Career Connect. We are looking for 18 outstanding current UIS students to serve on the 2019 Orientation Team. Applications and recommendation forms are due Friday, February 8.
  • First-Year Freshmen and Freshmen Transfer Students entering UIS in the Spring 2019 semester will participate in our mandatory orientation programs KickStart and Semester Launch. Starting Wednesday, January 9 through Friday, January 11.
  • Transfer and Graduate Students enrolling in the Spring 2019 semester register for the only Transfer/Graduate Orientation programs offered – Tuesday, January 8. Check our website for the schedule.
  • Enrolling at UIS for Summer and Fall of 2019?  See Future Orientation Dates for dates which will be posted in early October.  Registration will open for orientation programming in early February.
  • Review our web pages for first-year (freshmen), Transfer, and Graduate Student New Student Checklists.



UIS is a Tobacco-Free campus as mandated by the State of Illinois.

UIS is now a Tobacco Free Campus
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(217) 206.8181


Office Location

Student Affairs Building (SAB 60)

Office Hours

8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. CST.   Monday thru Friday.


Young Abe the Orientation Leader
Young Abe the Orientation Leader

Reduced Staffing Days and Holidays

Our office has reduced staffing during university semester breaks when many student employees are not working.  This may impact our ability to respond to communications in a timely manner during those dates. Please be patient as it will take longer to return emails and phone calls.

Reduced staffing during Spring Break (March 11-15): Spring semester finals week and the week after finals (May 6-17, 2019);  Thanksgiving week; Fall Semester Finals, and Winter Break (December 24-January 1).

UIS is closed on the following holidays: New Years Eve and Day; Martin Luther King, Jr Day; Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day Thursday and Friday; Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.