Future Orientation Dates

Spring 2020 Orientation

Orientation registration will open in late-October, 2019.

First-Year Freshmen Students:

KickStart: Wednesday, January 8 – Thursday, January 9
Semester Launch: Thursday, January 9 – Saturday, January 11

Transfer/Graduate Students:  Tuesday, January 7, 2019 4:30-7:45 p.m. (see schedule on the Transfer or Graduate New Student Orientation pages respectively).

Summer/Fall 2020 First-Year (Freshmen) New Student Orientation

Robert Archbold with OTeam members Osayi and Taaricia
Robert Archbold with OTeam members Osayi and Taaricia

For first-year, freshmen students enrolling at UIS in the Fall of 2020 and students admitted to the Summer 2020 semester. Registration for Summer KickStart will go live early February 2020.

There are two parts to the mandatory first-year (freshmen) orientation experience: KickStart and Semester Launch.  Please make sure to note these dates on personal and family calendars when planning work and vacation schedules.

Part I: 2019 KickStart.

We offer two-day, overnight sessions in June (all students stay overnight in the summer conference hall).  August is also a two-day session but only students living on-campus will stay overnight in their rooms, commuter students (students living at home or off-campus) will come each day from home.

Parent/Family Orientation is offered at each KickStart session.  Programming is offered over both days, but is optional. Parents/Family members can attend what they want to attend.

Registration will open the first week of February 2020. Students who have accepted their admission will start receiving information by mail and email in mid-January.

Hannah's group at the Food Pantry as part of Stars Serving Springfield experience during Launch Week 2017
Hannah’s group at the Food Pantry as part of Stars Serving Springfield experience during Launch Week 2017

Dates for 2020 will be available in early October 2019

Note:  Freshmen can attend any of the dates offered. Freshmen Honors students (accepted into the CAP Honors Program have designated orientation dates when Honors advisors are available. Freshmen Athletes, who will be playing on one of UIS’s athletic teams, will also have designated dates to attend based on the availability of their advisors and UIS Athletics staff.


Students at KickStart dinner June 13, 2017

Part II: Semester Launch

Semester Launch is for all new First-Year, Freshmen it is several days before the start of fall semester classes. Dates for 2020 will be posted in early October 2019.

New Transfer and Graduate Student Orientation Sessions

Orientation for new Transfer and Graduate Students is not mandatory, but highly encouraged.  The program is designed to provide students with an opportunity to “Take Care of Business” while campus offices are open.  Dates for the Summer/Fall 2020 sessions will be posted in early October 2019.

Registration for Transfer and Graduate Orientation admitted to the summer and fall 2020 semesters will be available in late February 2020

For more info contact:

Office of New Student Orientation and Parent Relations
Phone: (217) 206-8181
Email: UISOrientation@uis.edu