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.”

– January 2016 Graduate Student 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

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

Now Available: The Transfer_Graduate New Student Orientation Brochure for 2018-19 (pdf).  The brochure will be mailed to domestic students (US citizens/permanent residents) who have accepted their admission starting in mid March.  If you have moved since submitting your application, email and ask to update your record with your new mailing information).

For Students Admitted to the Summer and Fall 2018 Semesters

As a new Graduate Student, you will have the opportunity to register for classes, get your i-Card, drop off the UIS Immunization Form and copies of your immunization records, take a campus tour, and get information about a number of UIS services and programs. Students and staff will be on site to assist you and answer any questions.

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 update February 19_2018 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.

Transfer/Graduate Orientation (T/G Orientation)

2018-19 Transfer Graduate New Student Orientation Schedule for TG1: Thursday, May 31;       TG2: Wednesday, July 18;       TG3:  Friday, August 17

4:30-6 p.m.     Check-in, Public Affairs Center, 1st Floor Teardrop Entrance Lobby

4:30-6 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.

4:30-6 p.m.   Campus Opportunities Fair: Meet representatives from campus departments and learn more about their programs, services, or resources available.

6-6:45 p.m.     Prairie Star Welcome and Presentations:

University Welcome, Financial Assistance Overview, i-Card Overview

6:45-7:15 p.m.     Academic Overview for Graduate Students; Graduate Assistantships and Internships.

Cost.  FREE

How to Register. You are able to register for the T/G Orientation program from the link below or your UIS Admissions Status page. You will need the email and password you use to logon to your UIS Admissions Status page to access the online Orientation registration form.

Click Here to Register for our Transfer/Graduate Orientation.

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 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) 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 Form and copies of records);
  • Notes on what classes you should register for as outlined by your advisor;
  • Cash in case you want to eat in the Student Union Food Studio (T/G Orientation only -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 interpreters.

Can’t Make It to an Orientation Session?

You do not have to attend our T/G Orientation to register for your classes however, you are strongly encouraged to consult with your academic or college advisor prior to attempting to register.

If you are unable to attend an orientation session you can register for classes during Open Registration.  Open course registration for the summer and fall 2018 semesters begins on April 9. For the spring 2019 semester, open registration will begin on November 13. 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

·        Graduate New Student Checklist last update February 19_2018 (review the list to make sure you don’t forget to take care of any required items – missing some deadlines could result in a late fee assessment.

Fall 2018 Students Moving Into On-Campus Residence Halls, Apartments and Townhomes

Graduate Students who are moving into UIS’s on-campus apartments need to make arrangements with the Department of Residence Life about move in. Please refer to their website for times and dates for move-in.

For Students Admitted to the Spring 2019 Semester (January)

There will be one orientation session for new graduate students entering in the Spring 2019 semester: Tuesday, January 8, 2019. Registration will begin in mid-October 2018.

For Students Considering enrollment in the Summer and Fall 2019 Semesters

We will have dates posted in our Future Orientation Dates page in early October 2018.