After attending the June or August in-person Orientation, and completing the Online Orientation component, all first-year students (commuter and living on-campus) will attend the third component of their Orientation, the First-Year (Freshmen/women) Welcome. This is the third part of your orientation at UIS. Recent assessment of the Orientation program has found that students that participate in all sessions have higher grade point averages and are more likely to return to UIS in their second year than students that miss/skip sessions.

First-Year Welcome programs begin with check-in on Tuesday, August 22 and continue most of the day Wednesday, August 23, and Thursday, August 24. Plan on being on campus each day. If you will be a commuter student (living at home and commuting to campus) request off and let your family know of this commitment.

If you attended Orientation in June you will move in on Tuesday, August 22. (This information is subject to change)


A draft schedule will be available in early Summer. 

Future Orientation Dates

January First-Year, Freshmen/women Orientation

Hey, Spring Class of 2024! Save the Date for Spring Semester Orientation at UIS!

All new first-year students, including both commuter (living at home) and residential (living on-campus), are required to attend the following mandatory events: Spring Semester Orientation Thursday, January 11, and First-Year Winter Welcome Friday, January 12. We have a number of programs before classes start to help you become a more effective student, get acclimated to campus, meet your classmates, and have fun before classes start on Tuesday, January 16, 2024! Registration for Orientation will open in late October..

The Orientation Team
The O-Team