Graduate Orientation

Covid-19 Impact on UIS Admission and Orientation.

We are open and working remotely answering emails and voicemails during regular business hours while following the governor’s stay at home orders. 

Please continue to register for an Orientation session. Read our Orientation update below.

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

Orientation is not required of new domestic US graduate student, but your participation in orientation will certainly provide you with 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 orientation 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). 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 2020 Semester

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

Please make sure you meet with your academic/program adviser (see information below on how to contact adviser) and register for classes 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.

July Orientation Update 

Due to concerns about COVID-19 and the health and safety of incoming students, family members and our faculty and staff, UIS is following the guidance of experts and will be moving the Summer 2020 Transfer/Graduate Orientation program online.  There will be no on-campus or in-person programming this summer.  We have created an asynchronous (online, at your own pace, individual) orientation for new students. We will be covering this content.  Register for Transfer/Graduate Orientation and you will be sent information about how to login to the online program.

Graduate students should make sure they contact their program advisor and register for classes, whether they want to review the online orientation or not. Make sure you are attending to items in the Confirmed/Admitted Student Checklist and complete them before classes begin August 24 or that first week of classes.

New Student Guidebook 2020-21

Our Guidebook is now available online at You can find helpful information about University resources for new students, abbreviations and lingo used on campus, UIS history, and handouts from some of the offices.

Where to Go for Advising

Graduate students should contact their program office to make arrangements to meet with an advisor.

How to Register for Classes

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 2020 semesters begins on April 13. Information pertaining to the fall semester 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


Things to Bring to Orientation in August

  • 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 browse around in the UIS Bookstore’s UIS gear or purchase books.

For Students Considering enrollment in the Spring 2021 Semester

We will have dates posted in our Future Orientation Dates page in October 2020.