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

There will be no on-campus programming this summer.  We have created an asynchronous (online, at your own pace, individual) orientation for new students. We will be covering this content.  The online orientation for graduate students is available on our Learning Management System (LMS) Canvas. When you go to the website you will need to enter your UIS NetID and Password to access the course. You can complete the modules you need, in any order and enter the online program anytime. You will have access to it during your time here at UIS.

Please make sure you meet with your program adviser in your department, register for classes even if you cannot complete the orientation. There are several items of university business that require students to act by a certain deadline. 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.