Graduate Orientation

Welcome to UIS and congratulations on your admission to Graduate School!

Why attend Transfer/Graduate New Student Orientation?

“Out of the 3 schools I’ve attended, this was easily the best and most informative orientation I have been to.”

– T/G participant

While orientation is not required of new domestic US graduate student at UIS, your participation in orientation will certainly provide you with a great deal of information about available services on campus and will make your transition to the UIS campus much easier.  It is a great opportunity to take care of business, meet with staff members, and familiarize yourself with the campus before classes start.

* 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 from their departments.

* This Graduate Orientation coordinated by the Office of New Student Orientation is for US domestic students (citizens/permanent residents) accepted into a UIS degree program. New Graduate International Students will be attending the New International Student Check-in and Orientation programs coordinated by the Office of International Student Services

For Students Admitted to the Summer/Fall 2019 Semester

Click Here to Register online for the Transfer/Graduate Orientation from Your UIS Admission Status Page.

Cover of the Transfer_Graduate New Student Orientation Brochure for 2018-19
Cover of the Transfer_Graduate New Student Orientation Brochure for 2018-19

You will need the email and password you use to logon to your UIS Admissions Status page to access the online Orientation registration form.

Available now:  Transfer/Graduate New Student Orientation Brochure 2019 (The brochure will be mailed to students who have already been admitted starting mid March).

Please make sure you meet with your academic/program adviser (see information below on how to contact adviser), register for classes, and complete the Graduate New Student Checklist last updated May 29_2019 before classes start – even if you cannot attend orientation.  There are several items of university business that require students to act by a certain deadline.  Failure to do so will result in a financial penalty.

Schedule: Transfer/Graduate New Student Orientation Schedule(pdf):

2019-2020 Dates:

⭐ Thursday, May 30 (ended)

⭐ Wednesday, July 17 (Fall admits)

⭐ Friday, August 16 (Fall admits – last session before Fall classes);

⭐ Tuesday, January 7 (Spring admits)

Schedule Overview

4 – 5:30 p.m. Check-in. Public Affairs Center, 1st Floor Concourse
4 – 5:30 p.m. Taking Care of Business: Financial Assistance appointments; get your i-Card; Campus Opportunities Fair (learn more about campus offices, their resources and services);  set up Authorized Payer, Direct Deposit, and Payment Plans; advising for Transfer students needing to Drop/Add courses already registered; Registration; Bookstore.
4 – 5:30 p.m. Refreshments
5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Prairie Star Welcome: Financial Assistance Overview, USFSCO Student Billing; i-Card, Meal Plans, Campus Cash Overview.
6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Graduate Student Academic, GPSI, and GA Overview.

 If you have any difficulties with the link contact our office during business hours at 217/206-8181 or email us at


Graduate students should contact their program office prior to your orientation program to make arrangements to meet with an advisor. There will be no graduate advisors at the Orientation program.

Getting to Campus:

Driving Directions 

Campus Map

Parking – Lot C-North and Lot D are the closest visitor parking lots to the PAC Teardrop Entrance (off Ernest Hemingway Drive) where T/G Orientation check-in will be held (note that Lot C-South is a permit-only lot). Lots F, G, I, and J are close to the Student Union where most of T-SOAR programming will be held.  Please pay attention to the signage on the parking lots. Please refer to the “Visitors and Residential Student Parking map.”

T/G Orientation Check-in and Location  Orientation check-in will be located on the 1st floor of the Public Affairs Center (PAC -Building 8 on the campus map) 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 or 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 (T/G Orientation only);
  • Notes on what classes you should register for based on your advisor’s recommendations (T/G Orientation only);
  • Cash in case you want to eat in the Student Union Food Studio (we are providing refreshments, but you might want something more if you come early or stay later).

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. We will try our best to make accommodations and will notify you to confirm information.

Students should contact the Office of Disability Services to make arrangements for any accommodations before classes start.

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

program advisor prior to attempting to register.

You can register for classes during Open Registration.  Open Registration for the summer and fall 2019 semesters begins on April 8. 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

  • New Student Guidebook 2019 is now available online at You can find helpful information about University resources for new students, abbreviations used and campus lingo, UIS history, and handouts and PowerPoints from some of the presentations!

For Students Admitted to the Spring 2020 Semester (January)

There is one orientation session for new graduate students entering in the Spring 2020 semester: Tuesday, January 7, 2020.  Registration for this orientation session is open. See the schedule and information above. Students who have been admitted to the Spring 2020 term can meet with their Academic Advisor and register for classes in early November.  The Records and Registration Spring 2020 Registration calendar will be available mid to late October.

For Students Considering enrollment in the Summer and Fall 2020 Semesters

We will have dates posted in our Future Orientation Dates page in early October 2019.