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Freshman Student Orientation

Orientation is designed to assist you and your parents/guests in making the transition to university life.

All new first-year students are required to participate in one of the orientation sessions prior to your first semester.

Orientation is most beneficial when students and parents attend together. We have designed a student program and a parent/family program to provide new students and their families with information to prepare for this new step in the student’s academic career.

August 19-20 Orientation

Students who are admitted to UIS over the summer or are unable to come to an earlier session will be able to register for the last new student and parent/family orientation session held before the start of the fall semester. In order to attend this August session, students will have had to complete all placement tests prior to Orientation (please see information below on how to schedule placement testing).

August 19_20 Freshmen Orientation Schedule

Registration for the Tuesday, August 19-20

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

Retrieving your NETID

You will need to retrieve your Netid and password to register for your orientation date. Once you have set up your Netid and password, your University email account will be activated. It is important to note that communication confirming your orientation attendance will be sent to your University email account.    Click here to retrieve your NETID

Placement Testing

Placement testing will not be offered at UIS as part of the Orientation program.  Students registering for the August 19/20 orientation must complete placement testing in advance at a remote site.

Go to to request placement testing at the remote location most convenient to you. When your request is received and your registration is complete, you will receive an email with your registration number and instructions to schedule your exam time at the remote location. Please send in your request at least 4 weeks before your planned orientation date to allow sufficient time to register and schedule your exam. If you do not receive the confirmation email 7-10 days from the date you submit the request, or you have other questions, please call the Advising Center at 217-206-7471.

To find out more information about the Math Placement or Foreign Language placement tests, and if verify if you will have to take one, please visit the Math Placement Test Website or the Modern Language Placement Test Website.

You are encouraged to complete your math and reading placement testing at a location near your home, at least one week prior to attending orientation. Register for remote testing.

For information about required placement tests, please contact Undergraduate Academic Advising at (217) 206-7471


Immunization records must be submitted and in compliance by the 10th day of classes for the semester in order to avoid a non-refundable late processing fee. For more information about immunization requirements, visit Health Services or call (217) 206.6676.

For more information about New Student Orientation please contact us at (217) 206.8181 or email

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