Transfer Orientation

Welcome to UIS.  We are so glad you chose our University!

We know you have been to another college or university already, but our Transfer Student Orientation Programs are a great way to get acquainted with the University of Illinois Springfield campus and our students, staff and faculty. Our transfer orientation will help you to become more knowledgeable of what UIS has to offer and make your transition to the UIS campus much easier.

**Undergraduate students transferring less than 30 hours considered freshmen and required to attend the two, first-year mandatory orientation programs: KickStart & Launch Week.

* Students attending classes at the University’s Peoria Center or participating exclusively in online programs are not required to attend the orientation programs on the Springfield campus. Students in these programs will receive information about orientation programming from their departments. 

* This Transfer/Graduate Orientation coordinated by the Office of New Student Orientation is for US domestic students accepted into a UIS degree program. Undergraduate Transfer 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 and Fall 2018 Semesters

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. Our orientation programs for Transfer Students will help you make the most of your experience at the University of Illinois Springfield by becoming familiar with UIS – its resources and people. As a new Transfer Student, you will have the opportunity to register for classes, get your i-Card, drop off the UIS Immunization Form and copies of your immunization records, take a campus tour, and get information about a number of UIS services and programs. Students and staff will be on site to assist you and answer any questions.

There are two programs available for new Transfer students. Our Free, one-stop shop, late afternoon program for new Transfer and Graduate students called Transfer/Graduate Orientation, and our new overnight program called T-Soar [Transfer Student Orientation, Advising & Registration], which will provide an extended campus orientation and time to meet and connect with other new Transfer students while staying overnight in our summer conference housing.

Cover of the Transfer_Graduate New Student Orientation Brochure for 2018-19
Cover of the Transfer_Graduate New Student Orientation Brochure for 2018-19

Now Available: Transfer_Graduate New Student Orientation Brochure for 2018-19 (The brochure will be mailed to students who have already been admitted starting mid March).

Please make sure you meet with your academic adviser (see information below on how to contact an adviser), register for classes, and complete items on the New Student Checklist for Undergraduate Transfer Students 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.

Transfer/Graduate Orientation (T/G Orientation)

2018-19 Transfer Graduate New Student Orientation Schedule for TG1: Thursday, May 31;       TG2: Wednesday, July 18;       TG3:  Friday, August 17

4:30-6 p.m.     Check-in, Public Affairs Center, 1st Floor Teardrop Entrance Lobby

4:30-6 p.m.    Taking Care of Business: last chance advising for transfers, register for classes, get your i-Card, meet with Financial Assistance Counselor, pick up parking passes if you ordered online (August and January session only), drop off immunization form and records, get student insurance/waiver information, set up any additional payers, or take a campus tour. Refreshments will be available.

4:30-6 p.m.   Campus Opportunities Fair: Meet representatives from campus departments and learn more about their programs, services, or resources available.

6-6:45 p.m.     Prairie Star Welcome and Presentations:

University Welcome, Financial Assistance Overview, i-Card Overview

6:45-7:30 p.m.     Academic Overview for Transfer Students; UIS Connection

Cost.  FREE

How to Register. You are able to register for the T/G Orientation program from the link below or your UIS Admissions 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.


T-SOAR [Transfer Student Orientation, Advising & Registration]

UIS is launching this brand new program for Transfer Students in 2018. Over the years, we have had a number of requests to create an overnight orientation experience for Transfer students. T-SOAR is designed to assist you in making the transition to the University and better prepare you for the upcoming academic year.

During T-SOAR you will accomplish everything students do in the T/G Orientation, but the 2018_TSoar Schedule includes an overnight stay in our summer conference housing, an individual meeting with an academic advisor, and a more in-depth introduction to campus programs and resources, while getting to know other students who share the Transfer Student experience.

T-SOAR was created as a student experience. Parents, family members, and guests are welcome to attend the first part of the program with you: the Campus Opportunity Fair, Welcome, and Academic Overview. After these programs conclude at 5 p.m., students will split into groups and guests will be able to head home or explore the Springfield area. If parents or guests are in need of overnight accommodations please see our Travel and Accommodations webpage for special local rates for Orientation participants.

Cost.  There is an $100 fee to participate in the T-SOAR program to cover costs associated with the overnight stay and meals.  The Orientation Fee can be paid by credit card, cash, personal check or money order.

  • To pay by credit card…go to your UIS Admissions Status page, click on the Payment Due item above your T-SOAR reservation and follow the directions. UIS accepts major credit cards.
  • To pay by Personal/cashier’s check or money order…you can mail the payment to our office.
  • Payment can also be made onsite when you check in for T-SOAR.
  • We cannot accept cash, traveler’s checks, or checks or money orders drawn on international checks.

How to Register. You are able to register for the T-SOAR program from the link above or your UIS Admissions 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.


Click Here to Register for one of our two programs:  Transfer/Graduate Orientation or T-SOAR (Transfer Student Orientation, Advising and Registration).

If you have any difficulties with the link contact our office during business hours at 217/206-8181 or email us at


  • T-SOAR Participants: you will meet with an academic advisor on the second day of T-SOAR.
  • T/G Orientation Participants: You should arrange to meet with an advisor prior to coming to Transfer/Graduate Orientation (advising will be open to new students April 9). If you have any last minute questions or need to check on other class options, advisors will be available to consult during the Last Chance Advising session. Be aware that there may be a wait for some advisors due to the demand of certain majors or programs. Last Chance 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)

College of Business and Management
* Erin Sotelo at or call (217) 206-6782.

College of Education and Human Services
* Martin Martsch (Social Work) at or call (217) 206.7571.
* Heather McCullough at or call (217) 206-6934.

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences or call (217) 206-6512.
* Andy Egizi (Communication, Liberal Arts, and Visual Arts) at, or call (217) 206-7456;
* Adonis Fuller (Computer Science) at, or call (217) 206-6420;
* Michelle Kenny (English, History, and Philosophy), or call (217) 206-8616;
* Craig McFarland (Biology, Chemistry, Exercise Science, and Sociology/Anthropology) at, or call (217) 206-8224;
* John Snyder (Mathematical Sciences) at, or call (217) 206-8272;
* Robin Vansacik (Psychology) at, or call (217) 2016-6573.

College of Public Affairs and Administration  at or call (217) 206-6523.
* Jaimie Newby (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), or call (217) 206-8386
* Dennis Ruez (Environmental Science) at or call (217) 206-8425.

Office of Advising Services, Information, and Support (OASIS) will advise Undergraduate Transfer Students who are undeclared or undecided, email or call (217) 206-7471.


Getting to Campus:

Driving Directions 

Campus Map

Parking – Lot C-North and Lot D are the closest visitor parking lots to the PAC Teardrop Entrance where T/G Orientation check-in will be held (note that Lot C-South is a permit-only lot). Lots F, G, I, and J are close to the Student Union where most of T-SOAR programming will be held.  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) by the Teardrop entrance. There will be signs around campus and inside the building entrances to direct you to check-in.

T-SOAR Check-in and Location – Start at Founder’s Residence Hall to check-in to overnight housing. Then come over to the Student Union for programming.


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 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 eat in the Student Union Food Studio (T/G Orientation only -we are providing refreshments, but you might want something more).


Students or Family Members 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 schedule sign language or Spanish-language interpreters.

Can’t Make It to an Orientation Session?

You do not have to attend orientation to register for your classes however, you are strongly encouraged to consult with your academic or college advisor prior to attempting to register. Student transferring with 30 -45 credits or are new to IL are strongly encouraged to attend orientation.

If you are unable to attend an orientation session you can register for classes after during Open Registration.  Open Registration for the summer and fall 2018 semesters begins on April 9. For the spring 2019 semester, open registration will begin on November 13. Information pertaining to the summer and fall semesters 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

·         New Student Checklist for Undergraduate Transfer Students (review the list to make sure you don’t forget to take care of any required items – missing some deadlines could result in a late fee assessment.

Fall 2018 Students Moving Into On-Campus Residence Halls, Apartments and Townhomes

Transfer Students who are moving into UIS’s on-campus residence halls, townhouses, or apartments need to make arrangements with the Department of Residence Life about move in. Generally upperclassmen move in the Friday before classes start – August 24 this year.   Please refer to their website for times and dates for fall move-in.

For Students Admitted to the Spring 2019 Semester (January)

There is one orientation session for new undergraduate transfer students entering in the Spring 2019 semester: Tuesday, January 8, 2018.  Registration for this orientation session will open in late October See the schedule and information above.

For Students Considering enrollment in the Summer and Fall 2019 Semesters

We will have dates posted in our Future Orientation Dates page in early October 2018.