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

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 Spring 2021 Semester


UIS cares about the health and safety of incoming students, family members and our faculty and staff. We are following the guidance of experts and have moved our 2021-22 programs online.  We have created an asynchronous (online, at your own pace, individual) orientation for new transfer students that will be available in mid-May. We will be covering this content, which will be available on our Learning Management System (LMS) Canvas. When you go to the website you will need to enter your UIS NetID and Password (need to claim your UIS Account) 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 and 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.

New Student Guidebook 2020-21

Our Guidebook is online at You can find helpful information about University resources for new students, abbreviations and lingo used on campus, UIS history, and information from the University Bursar, Financial Assistance, and how to sign up for emergency alerts. The Guidebook is updated every spring and the 2021-22 Guidebook will be available online in May.

Where to Go for Advising

Graduate students should contact their program advisor to make arrangements to meet.  Your program advisor is listed on your UIS Admission status page.

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 spring semester is the second Monday of November. Open Registration for the summer and fall semester is the second Monday in April. Information pertaining to the semester registration 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

For Students Considering enrollment in the Spring 2022 Semester

We will have dates posted in our Future Orientation Dates page in October 2020. This website will be updated in early March to reflect the summer and fall orientation programs.