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 May 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), register for classes, and complete the Graduate New Student Checklist 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.

May 21 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 May and July Transfer/Graduate Orientation program online.  There will be no on-campus programming in May and July.  At this time we are still planning an in-person August Transfer/Graduate Orientation.  We will keep students informed of any changes to our programming format as the COVID-19 situation continues to unfold.  We will be offering an asynchronous (online, at your own pace, individual) orientation for new students. We will be covering the content outlined in the schedule below.  We are working to make this available the first week of June and will email a link to our online orientation to all new students coming in the summer and fall 2020.

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

August Transfer/Graduate Orientation Schedule(pdf):

August 14

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

August Advising:

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

Getting to Campus in August:

Driving Directions 

Campus Map

Parking – Lot C-North and Lot D are the closest visitor parking lots to the Public Affairs Center (PAC) where T/G Orientation will be held (note that Lot C-South is a permit-only lot). 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 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.

Students 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 request equipment, 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.

  • New Student Guidebook 2019-20 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! The 2020-21 New Student Guidebook will be available in early June.

For Students Considering enrollment in the Spring 2021 Semester

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