Welcome to UIS and congratulations on your admission to Graduate School!
To assist you in making the most of your experience at UIS, we are inviting you to participate in an Orientation Program for new graduate* students. While orientation is not required of new graduate student at UIS, your participation in orientation will certainly provide you with a great deal of information about available services on campus and will make your transition to the UIS campus much easier.
* 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 Students Admitted to the Summer and Fall 2015 Semesters
We are holding a Transfer/Graduate Student Orientation session for students who have been accepted to UIS for the summer and fall semesters of 2015 on Monday, April 13 from 4-7 p.m. in the Public Affairs Center (PAC). Only new students who have been admitted and have returned their acceptance forms can participate in this program. We also encourage our new students to bring up to two family members or guests with them so they can learn more about UIS. Registration for the April session will be available March 3, 2015.
If you have any difficulties with the online registration link when it becomes available contact our office during business hours at 217/206-8181 or email us at email@example.com.
Tentative Schedule for Monday, April 13
4-5:30 p.m. Check-in, PAC Concourse Lobby, Teardrop Entrance
4-5:30 p.m. Taking Care of Business: register for classes, get your I-Card, meet with Financial Aid staff, pick up parking passes if you ordered online (January and August dates only), drop off immunization forms and records, get student insurance information, and take tours of the campus or library. Refreshments will be available.
4-5:30 p.m. Campus Opportunities Fair: Meet representatives from campus departments and learn more about their programs, services, or resources available.
5:30-6:15 p.m. Prairie Star Welcome and Presentations:
- Office of Transition Services
- Financial Aid
- USFSCO: Cashier’s Office
- I-Card, Meal Plans, and Campus Cash
- Office of Graduate Education Welcome and Overview
- The Graduate Public Service Internship/Graduate Assistantship/Whitney M. Young Graduate Fellowship/Illinois Legislative Staff Intern Program
Graduate students should contact their advisor prior to the orientation program for advising on their classes. There will be no graduate advisors at the Orientation program.
Getting to Campus
Lot C is the closest to the PAC Teardrop Entrance. Please reference the “ Visitors and Residential Student Parking map” link for further details.
Things to Bring to Orientation
- Government Issued ID: Passport, Driver’s License, State ID (if you do not have a driver’s license) for your I-Card;
- Proof of Immunization (immunization records) to turn into Health Services/Immunization table;
- Notes on what classes you should register for;
- Cash in case you want to have dinner in the Food Emporium Dining Hall (we are providing refreshments, but you might want something more).
Students or Family Members with Disabilities
Should you need accommodations during orientation please indicate this on your registration form or contact our office at least three weeks before your Orientation Session if we need to schedule interpreters.