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New Student Orientation for First-Year Students (Freshmen)

Welcome to UIS – We are so excited that you have chosen to come to our University!

After returning your Admission Acceptance Form and enrollment confirmation fee, your journey to college begins with Orientation. New Student Orientation is designed to assist you and your parents/family/guests in making the transition to university life. All first-year students have to attend one of the 7 two-day Orientation (Part I) sessions and Launch Week: Reach for the Stars August 19-22 (Part II) that make up our first-year orientation experience.  Please keep this in mind as work, vacations, and summer activities are being scheduled.

First Year students at Playfair, August 2014

First Year students at Playfair, August 2014

Step 1: Sign and Return Your UIS Admission Acceptance Form

Step 2: Claim Your NetID and Access Your UIS Email Account

Before you can make your reservation you will need to claim your NetID – this will allow you to enter our reservation program and generate your UIS email account.

Step 3: Register for Orientation, Part I

These two-day Orientation sessions will be held in June and July and involve an overnight stay for students – even for students who live locally and are planning on commuting during the school year. The goal of the overnight session is to provide opportunities for students to meet other members of their class and to give students an understanding of the residential, on-campus living experience.

First Year New Student Orientation Brochure

First Year New Student Orientation Brochure

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Schedule Overview

(you will receive a more detailed schedule at check-in)

Day 1

8 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

– Student Overnight Housing Check-in at Founder’s Residence Hall (FRH)

– Placement Testing Check-in, University Hall Building (UHB), East Lobby (We will have Orientation Team members in FRH to walk students to the UHB and parents to the Parent Relaxation Station starting at 10 a.m.).

  • If you are taking three placement tests, check into housing at 8 a.m. and check into Placement testing no later than 8:30 a.m.
  • If you are taking two placement tests, check into housing by 9 a.m. and check into Placement testing no later than 9:30 a.m.
  • If you are taking one placement test, check into housing by 10 a.m. and check into Placement testing no later than 10:30 a.m.
  • If you are not taking any placement tests, check into housing no later than 11:30 a.m.

8 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Orientation Help Desk, FRH Lobby

8:30 am.

Getting Around Campus – Waiting for your student to finish Placement Tests or just came to campus early – here are some things you can do:

  • Campus Tours: departing from FRH Lobby at 8:30, 9:30, 10:30
  • Library Tours: departing from Brookens Library desk at 9:30, 10, 10:30, 11
  • Financial Aid Consultations, Financial Aid Office, UHB 1015

10 a.m.

Parent & Family Relaxation Station Opens, Public Affairs Center (PAC), Conference Room C

11 am. – 12:15 p.m.

Lunch on Your Own – Try our Food Emporium in the Public Affairs Center (PAC) Building.

11:30 am. – 12:30 p.m.

Orientation Check-in, Public Affairs Center, Auditorium Lobby, 2nd Floor

12:30 p.m.

Welcome: UIS Academic Overview; Financial Assistance Overview; USFSCO Billing Overview; I-Card, Meal Plans, and Campus Cash. Public Affairs Center (PAC), Studio Theatre

2 – 2:25 p.m.

Refreshment Break

2:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Student Session. Rising Stars: How to Succeed While, Really Really Trying

2:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Family and Guest Sessions: Straight Talk for Parents (A panel of current students and parents) and Understanding Your Student’s Transition

4:30-5:30 p.m.

Get It Done Together – Students, Parents, Families, & Guests: Offices including Student Insurance, Immunizations, and more will be available.

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Dinner with the Orientation Team (Students, Parents, Families, & Guests)

6:30 p.m.

Students, Parents, Families, & Guests Session: The Residential Student Experience or The Commuter Student Experience.

7 – 8 p.m.

Parents, Families, & Guests: Parents & Families Dessert Reception.
Parents, Families, & Guests – Depart for hotels

7 – 8:45 p.m.

Students: Living & Learning in our Campus Community.

9 – 12 a.m.

Students: Evening Fun.

Day 2

7 – 7:30 a.m.

Students Check-out of Founders Residence Hall; Check luggage at front desk

7:15 – 8 a.m.

Students, Parents, Families, and Guests: Breakfast with the Orientation Team

8 – 10:05 a.m.

Students Get It Done (Students will be meet with Advisors, Register for Classes, get their I-Card, and meet with their Orientation Group)

8:15 -10:05 a.m.

Parents, Families, and Guests: Information Sessions. Learn more about Academic Support Resources, Health & Counseling Services, Campus Safety, Campus Technology, Student Insurance, and more.

10:15 – 11:35 a.m.

Students, Parents, Families, and Guests Information Sessions: Learn more about Student Involvement Experiences, Student Employment, Studying Abroad, and Applying for Campus Jobs.

11:40 a.m.

Closing Remarks, Nametag Collection, & Evaluations (Students, Parents, Families, and Guests)

12 p.m.

Collect student luggage from Founders Residence Hall and travel home.

Step 4:  Placement Testing

Entering students may have to take Math, Reading, or Foreign Language Placement Exams.  Math Placement often depends on ACT scores and your intended major. Reading Placement is dependent on your English/Reading ACT scores.  Foreign Language Placement depends on your major or program of study or TOEFL, ACT/SAT scores. For more information about Placement Test requirements visit http://www.uis.edu/advising/students/firstyear/placement/.  If you have questions please call Center for Academic Success at 217-206-7471 or by e-mail: COMPASS-PT@uis.edu.

Step 5: See the First-Year student checklist for things to bring to summer orientation and other items students need to complete before orientation and before August Launch Week.

UIS will become Tobacco-Free on July 1, 2015 as mandated by the state of Illinois.

UIS Tobacco-Free on July 1, 2015.

* International Students will be attending the International Student Orientation coordinated by the Office of International Student Services. Please visit their page for more information.  

For questions about New Student Orientation
please contact us at (217) 206.8181 or email uisso@uis.edu