Welcome to UIS. We are so glad you chose our University!
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
UIS does not require new Transfer students to attend orientation, but it is strongly encouraged. Students who have attended our program have really appreciated the opportunity to Take Care of Business and become more acquainted with campus. Students and staff will be on site to assist you and answer any questions.
* Students attending classes at the University’s Peoria Center or participating exclusively in online major programs are not required to attend orientation on the Springfield campus. Students in these programs will receive information from their departments.
* This Orientation coordinated by the Office of New Student Orientation is for US domestic students. Undergraduate Transfer International Students will be attending the New International Student Check-in and Orientation program coordinated by the Office of International Student Services.
For Students Admitted to the Spring 2020 Semester
You will need the email and password you use to logon to your UIS Admissions Status page to access the online Orientation registration form.
Available now: Transfer/Graduate New Student Orientation Brochure 2019-20 (The brochure will be mailed to students who have already been admitted).
Please make sure you meet with your academic adviser (see information below), register for classes, and complete items on the Transfer New Student Checklist before classes start – even if you cannot make it to orientation. There are several items of university business that require students to act by a certain deadline. Failure to do so will result in financial penalties.
Schedule: Transfer/Graduate New Student Orientation Schedule (pdf):
Tuesday, January 7 (Spring admits)
|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 – 7:40 p.m.||Transfer Student Academic and Campus Technology Overview.|
Meet with an academic advisor prior to coming to Orientation. If you have any last minute questions or need to check on other class options, advisors will be available to consult during the Drop/Add Advising session. Be aware that there may be a wait for some advisors due to the demand of certain majors or programs. Drop/Add Advising is not meant to take the place of an advising session with your assigned advisor.
Where to Go for Advising (We update this information as Colleges and Departments inform us about advisor responsibility changes)
* Amanda Lazzara (Visual Arts, Theatre, Music Minors) at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (217)206-6240;
* Jennifer Berry (Computer Science) at email@example.com, or call (217) 206-7429;
* Michelle Kenny (English, History, and Philosophy) firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (217) 206-8616;
* Craig McFarland (Biology, Chemistry, Exercise Science, and Sociology/Anthropology) at email@example.com, or call (217) 206-8224;
* John Snyder (Mathematical Sciences) at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (217) 206-8272;
* Robin Vansacik (Psychology) at email@example.com, or call (217) 2016-6573.
College of Public Affairs and Administration at CPAA@uis.edu, or call (217) 206-6523.
* (Vacant) (CPAA Undergraduate Academic Advisor for on ground majors including: Criminology and Criminal Justice, Global Studies, Legal Studies, Political Science, Public Policy and Public Admin B.A.s) CPAA@uis.edu, or call (217) 206-6523.
* Dr. Deborah Anthony (Legal Studies) at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (217) 206-8340;
* Michelle Kenny (Political Science/Global Studies) email@example.com, or call (217) 206-8616;
* Dr. Bob Blankenberg (Public Administration) firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (217) 206-8327.
Office of Advising Services, Information, and Support (OASIS) will advise Undergraduate Transfer Students who are undeclared or undecided, email email@example.com or call (217) 206-7876.
Getting to Campus:
Parking – Lot C-North and Lot D are the closest visitor parking lots to the Public Affairs Center (note that Lot C-South is a permit-only lot). 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 -Building 8 on the campus map) by the Teardrop driveway 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 From and copies of records);
- Degree Audit Report (DARs) – in case you have a last minute question for academic advisors;
- Notes on what classes you should register for based on your academic advisor’s recommendations;
- 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.
Can’t Make It to an Orientation Session?
You can meet with academic advisors and register for classes during Open Registration. Open Registration for the spring 2020 semester begins on November 11. Information pertaining to the spring semester can be found on the Records and Registration website. For quick reference, please see the links below:
· Semester Information (including summer and fall calendars, etc.)
· Video – how to register online for classes
- New Student Guidebook 2019-20 is now available online at go.uis.edu/Guidebook. You can find helpful information about University resources for new students, abbreviations and lingo used on campus, UIS history, and handouts and PowerPoints from some of the presentations.
For Students Admitted to the Summer or Fall 2020 Semesters
For Students Considering enrollment in the Spring 2021 Semester
We will have dates posted in our Future Orientation Dates page in early summer 2020.