Transfer 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 May Orientation update below.

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 2020 Semester

Click Here to Register online for the Transfer/Graduate Orientation from Your UIS Admission 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.

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.

May 21 Orientation Update 

Due to concerns about COVID-19 and the health and safety of incoming students, family members and our faculty and staff, UIS is following the guidance of experts and will be moving the May and July Transfer/Graduate Orientation program online.  There will be no on-campus programming in May and June.  At this time we are still planning an in-person August Transfer/Graduate Orientation.  We will keep students informed of any changes to our programming format as the COVID-19 situation continues to unfold.  We will be offering an asynchronous (online, at your own pace, individual) orientation for new students. We will be covering the content outlined in the schedule below.  We are working to make this available the first week of June and will email a link to our online orientation to all new students coming in the summer and fall 2020.

Transfer students should make sure they contact their academic advisor and register for classes.

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 and Liberal Arts) at, or call (217) 206-7456;

* Amanda Lazzara (Visual Arts, Theatre, Music Minors) at, or call (217)206-6240;

* Jennifer Berry (Computer Science) at, or call (217) 206-7429;
* 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.
* 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, and Environmental Science) 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 fall and summer 2020 semesters begins on April 13. Information pertaining to the spring 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

August Transfer/Graduate Orientation Schedule(pdf):

Schedule Overview

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.

Advising in August:

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.

Getting to Campus in August:

Driving Directions 

Campus Map

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 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 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.


  • New Student Guidebook 2019-20 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 and PowerPoints from some of the presentations.  The 2020-21 New Student Guidebook will be available in early June.

For Students Considering enrollment in the Spring 2021 Semester

We will have dates posted in our Future Orientation Dates page in early summer 2020.