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.

Please NOTE:  Residential (living on-campus) students coming to the August 18-19 and January Orientations will move into their on campus residence halls.  Commuter students will not be required to stay overnight for the August or January Orientations.

First Year New Student Orientation Brochure

First Year New Student Orientation Brochure

First_Year New Orientation Brochure_Jan15

  • F1:    Friday, June 12 – Saturday, June 13    (This session is now closed)
  • F2:    Monday, June 15 – Tuesday, June 16  (This session is now closed)
  • F3:    Thursday, June 18 – Friday, June 19   (This session is now closed)
  • F4:    Friday, July 10 – Saturday, July 11      (This session is now closed)
  • F5:    Monday, July 13 – Tuesday, July 14    (This session is now closed)

Schedule Overview
August 18_19 first_year Orientation (pdf)

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

August 18

9 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Residence Hall move-in for students living on-campus, check-in is in the Residence Life Office in Butler Commons.

Placement Testing. Students should take Placement Testing BEFORE this Orientation session – especially if you are going to be living on campus; you will want to spend the morning moving into your residence hall.  If you are unable to take Placement Tests before this session please contact Testing Services in the Center for Academic Success at Phone: (217) 206-8114 or by E-mail:

8:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Orientation Help Desk, University Hall Building (UHB) 1st Floor Main Lobby.

8:30 am.

Getting Around Campus – Done unpacking or just came to campus early – here are some things you can do:

  • Campus Tours: departing from UHB 1st Floor Main Lobby at 9:30, 10:30
  • Library Tours: departing from Brookens Library desk at 9:30, 10, 10:30, 11
  • Financial Aid Consultations, Financial Assistance Office, UHB 1015

10 a.m.

Parent & Family Relaxation Station Opens, UHB, 2nd Floor Lobby

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 – 11 p.m.

Students: Evening Fun.

August 19

7:15 – 7:55 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  If you have questions please call Center for Academic Success at 217-206-7471 or by e-mail:

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