Transfer Orientation

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 transferring less than 30 hours are considered freshmen and required to attend the first-year orientation programs: KickStart & Semester Launch.

* 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 Summer and Fall 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 from 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.

We will have several Zoom sessions over the summer so new Transfer students can get acquainted with each other, meet some current students, and have their questions answered. These dates will be available later this spring. You will be able to register from you UIS Admission Status page.

Please make sure you meet with your academic adviser (see information below) and register for classes even if you do not complete the online 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 or that first week of classes.

New Student Guidebook 2020-21

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

Where to Go for Advising  

Students can make an appointment with their major academic advisor through our AdviseU app. You will need to login with your UIS NetID and password. Learn how to use the AdviseU app from this video.

(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
* Jenny Briney at or call (217)206-7577
* 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.
* Jennifer Berry (Computer Science) at, or call (217) 206-7429
* Andy Egizi (Communication and Liberal Arts) at, or call (217) 206-7456
* Nicole Hager (English, History, and Philosophy) at, or call (217)206-8616
* Amanda Lazzara (Visual Arts, Theatre, Music Minors) at, or call (217)206-6420
* Craig McFarland (Biology, Chemistry, Exercise Science, and Sociology/Anthropology) at, or call (217) 206-8224
* Carlleen Benoit (Mathematical Sciences) at, or call (217) 206-8272
* Robin Vansacik (Psychology) at, or call (217) 206-6573

College of Public Affairs and Administration at, or call (217) 206-6523
* Jill Briggs (Global Studies, Legal Studies, Political Science, Public Health-minor, and Public Policy ) or call (217) 206-6561
* Andrew Nicol (Criminology and Criminal Justice, Public Admin B.A.s, Environmental Studies, and Geographic Information Systems-minor) at or call (217) 206-8520

Center for Academic Success & Advising (CASA) will advise Undergraduate Transfer Students who are undeclared or undecided, email or call (217) 206-7876


How to Register for Classes

You can meet with academic advisors and register for classes during Open Registration.  Open registration for the spring semester begins the second Monday in November and the second Monday in April for fall and summer semesters. Information 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.