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Graduate Orientation

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. * Students admitted to programs at the Peoria Center attend the orientation program at the downtown campus. 

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.

Additional Graduate Orientation dates for Fall 2015.  Registration for the November and January Orientation programs for students enrolling in the Spring Semester 2016 will be available on October 1, 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

Registration for Transfer/Graduate Orientation is now open for students enrolling in the Summer or Fall of 2015

Transfer-Grad Orientation Brochure_2015

Transfer/Graduate New Student Orientation Brochure in pdf format

Transfer/Graduate New Student Orientation Brochure in pdf format

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: Customer Service Office
  • I-Card, Meal Plans, and Campus Cash

6:15-7 p.m.

  • 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 program office prior to your orientation program to make arrangements to meet with an advisor. There will be no graduate advisors at the Orientation program.

Getting to Campus

Driving Directions


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.

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University of Illinois Springfield
One University Plaza
Springfield, Illinois 62703-5407



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