New Student Orientation for First-Year Students

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

First Year students at Playfair, August 2014

First Year students at Playfair, August 2014

Step 1: Sign and Return Your UIS Admission Acceptance Form

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 A) sessions and Launch Week: Reach for the Stars August 19-22 (Part B) that make up our first-year orientation experience.  Please keep this in mind as work, vacations, and summer activities are being scheduled.

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.  After you have sent back your acceptance you will receive an email from UIS Admissions that will have a token to use with your UIN to claim your NetID.  Click on NetID above to follow the link that will walk you through the process.  Once you have completed this step you can go on to Step 3: Register for Orientation.  Your UIS email will take a few days to generate, but once it is done you will be able to check your confirmation and any updates that UIS offices send. Don’t forget to check your UIS email account a couple times a week because all official university communications go to your UIS email account, including confirmation of your orientation reservation and any reminders and program updates that we will send.

Step 3: Register for Orientation, Part A

Summer Two-Day Orientation Dates 

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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On the online registration form you will rank your top three (3) Orientation dates. Because of space restrictions we do limit the size of our orientation sessions. If you have accepted admission to the Honors Program there are four dates that Honors Advisors will be available and you must select from those four dates. Some sessions fill up quickly which is why we need you to identify two alternatives.

  • 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    (Space for 13 Honors Students and up to 25 Traditional Students)
  • STARS Summer Bridge:  July 20 – July 21: If you have been accepted into the STARS Program, R egister for the July 20-21 Orientation here. See STARS website for more information about the July 20 – 31 STARS Summer Bridge Program and participant information. Bridge participants will also attend the August Orientation programs.
  • F7:    August 18-19 (reserved for out of state students and students admitted/accepted after July 1. Registration will open July 9)

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

Summer Orientation Day 1

8 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Student Overnight Housing Check-in at Founder’s Residence Hall (FRH)
Placement Testing Check-in, Public Affairs Center (PAC) 1st floor Teardrop Lobby (We will have Orientation Team members in FRH to walk students to the PAC  1st floor Lobby and parents to the Parent Relaxation Station starting at 10 a.m.).

8:30 am.

Orientation Help Desk, FRH Lobby 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

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: Parent Panel 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 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 more.

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

Placement Testing at UIS.

Students registering for the June/July orientation program should complete placement testing in advance on campus or at a more convenient remote site or make arrangements to take the exam(s) on campus that morning. If you take a Placement Test at a remote site you will pay a registration fee.  Save that receipt and bring it with you to Orientation…The Office of Advising, Services, Information and Support (OASIS) that coordinates placement testing will reimburse you.  We encourage students living within a 50 mile radius of UIS to make arrangements to take placement tests before your orientation date – this will shorten your time on campus. Taking tests on the UIS campus are free.

Scheduling Placement Tests Before Orientation.

Go to to request placement testing before your Orientation date. 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.

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