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.

Why attend Transfer/Graduate New Student Orientation?

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.  It is a great opportunity to take care of business, meet with staff members, and familiarize yourself with the campus before classes start.

Students attending classes at the University’s Peoria Center or participating exclusively online are not required to attend Orientation on the Springfield campus.

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

For Students Admitted to the Spring 2016 Semester

We are holding our next and last Transfer/Graduate Student Orientation session for students who have been accepted to UIS for the spring semester of 2016 on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 from 1:30-4:45 p.m. in the Public Affairs Center (PAC). Only new students who have been admitted 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. You can register for this session using the link below.

If you have any difficulties with the link contact our office during business hours at 217/206-8181 or email us at

Registration for Transfer/Graduate Orientation is now open. Click here for online form.

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Transfer/Graduate New Student Orientation Brochure in pdf format Transfer/Graduate New Student Orientation Brochure in pdf format

Schedule for Tuesday, January 13

1:30-3 p.m.     Check-in, PAC Concourse Lobby, Teardrop Entrance

1:30-3 p.m.     Taking Care of Business: last chance advising, register for classes, get your I-Card, meet with Financial Aid staff, pick up parking passes if you ordered online (January session only), drop off immunization, get student insurance information, take a campus tour. Refreshments will be available.

1:30-3 p.m.     Campus Opportunities Fair: Meet representatives from campus departments and learn more about their programs, services, or resources available.

3-4 p.m.     Prairie Star Welcome and Presentations:

  • Office of Transition Services
  • Financial Aid
  • USFSCO Customer Service Office
  • I-Card, Meal Plans, and Campus Cash

4-4:45 p.m.     Office of Graduate Education Welcome and Overview by the Associate Vice Chancellor for Graduate Education

  • 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

Parking  – 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 (Completed Immunization Form and copies of records);
  • Notes on what classes you should register;
  • Cash in case you want to eat 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.

Review the Graduate Student Checklist

There are several items of university business that require students to act by a certain deadline.  Failure to do so will result in a financial penalty.  Review the Graduate Student Checklist for university business that you have to take care of before and within the first few weeks of starting classes.

For Students Admitted to the Summer and Fall 2016 Semesters

For Students Enrolling in the Summer and Fall 2016 semesters.  Registration for the April, June, July, and August Transfer/Graduate Orientation programs will be available on February 15, 2016.  Click on the link above for our future dates.