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

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.

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

* Students attending classes at the University’s Peoria Center or participating exclusively in online major programs are not required to attend orientation programs 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 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/Fall 2019 Semester

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 program will help you make the most of your experience at the University of Illinois Springfield by becoming familiar with UIS – its resources and people. Students and staff will be on site to assist you and answer any questions.

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

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

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 (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), register for classes, and complete items on the Transfer New Student Checklist_last updated May 29_2019 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):

2019-2020 Dates

⭐Thursday, May 30 (ended)

⭐ Wednesday, July 17 (Fall admits)

⭐ Friday, August 16 (Fall admits – last session before Fall classes);

⭐ Tuesday, January 7 (Spring admits)

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.


If you are attending T/G Orientation you should arrange to 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)

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.
* ___________ (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) 206-6523
* 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 (off Ernest Hemingway Drive) 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 -Building 8 on the campus map) by the Teardrop 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 eat in the Student Union Food Studio (we are providing refreshments, but you might want something more if you come early or stay later).


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. 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 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.

You can register for classes during Open Registration.  Open Registration for the summer and fall 2019 semesters begins on April 8. 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 Guidebook 2019 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. You will receive a hard copy at Orientation or stop by our office when you are on campus.

For Students Admitted to the Spring 2020 Semester (January)

There is one orientation session for new undergraduate transfer students entering in the Spring 2020 semester: Tuesday, January 7, 2020.  Registration for this orientation session is already open. See the schedule and information above. Students who have been admitted to the Spring 2020 term can meet with their Academic Advisor and register for classes in early November.  The Records and Registration Spring 2020 registration calendar will be available mid to late October.

For Students Considering enrollment in the Summer and Fall 2020 Semesters

We will have dates posted in our Future Orientation Dates page in early October 2019.