University of Southern Indiana

Frequently Asked Questions

Do all students need to complete orientation? 

Do parents attend orientation?

Is there a cost to attend orientation?

If I'm living in University housing in the fall, when can I move into housing?

If I'm living in University housing in the spring, when can I move into housing?

How do I get my username and password for myUSI?

Do I need to complete placement testing prior to registering for orientation? 

When will I receive a confirmation?

Who do I contact to schedule my advising appointment?

What do I need to bring with me to orientation?

Can I buy my textbooks at orientation?

I'm not able to make any of the orientation sessions, when do I get registered for my classes?

Do all students need to complete orientation?
All new students to USI must complete orientation. We offer three different orientation programs to meet our new student needs.  

New Student Orientation is designed for students entering the University for the first time or for transferring students who have earned less than 19 credits at another institution. This is a one-day, on-campus program.

Transfer and Adult Student Orientation is designed for students who are transferring 19 or more credit hours from another college or university or adult students (25 years of age or older). This program is a half-day, on-campus program.

Online Orientation is designed for students meeting one of the following criteria:

  • Transfer students who have an associate's degree or who will have completed 60 credit hours at previous institution(s) when they begin courses at USI
  • Adult students (25 years of age or older)
  • Students in the military
  • Students who are taking all their courses through distance education

Students Exempt from Orientation

  • Students who have already earned a bachelor's degree or higher
  • Students who are full-time employees of the University of Southern Indiana. 

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Do parents attend orientation?
Yes, many parents do attend orientation with their students. Parents are encouraged to attend orientation so they also learn about the resources offered on campus. There is a specific program for parents and families at all Screaming Eagles Orientation. If you would like to attend your student can register you when they register for orientation. 

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Is there a cost to attend orientation?
All new students to the University are charged a matriculation fee on their first semester bill. This non-refundable fee covers the orientation program. There is no fee for two guests to attend Screaming Eagles Orientation. Additional guests will need to purchase a lunch ticket. We do ask that you only register those whom you know will be attending. 

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I'm living in University housing in the fall, when can I move into housing?

If you are attending Welcome Week, you will move into University Housing on Thursday, August 17, 2017. If you are scheduled to attend the orientation session on Wednesday, August 16, you will be able to move into your fall housing assignment on Tuesday, August 15 from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

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 I'm living in University housing in the spring, when can I move into housing? 

If you are attending the orientation session on Thursday, January 5, 2017, you will be able to move into your spring housing assignment on Wednesday, January 4, 2017 from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. You may also move in on Thursday, January 5, 2017 or Saturday, January 7, 2017. 

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How do I get my username and password for myUSI?

Go to my.usi.edu and use the Activate Account tab to create your USI password and get your username. If you need assistance, contact Information Technology at 812-465-1080.

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Do I need to complete placement testing prior to registering for orientation? 

No, you do not need to have your placement testing done prior to registering for orientation. We do ask that you complete your placement testing one week prior to attending your orientation session. 

When will I receive my confirmation?

You will receive a confirmation within 10 days of submitting your orientation reservation. Confirmations are emailed to your myUSI email account. If you do not receive it, contact Student Development Programs at , 812-465-7167 or 800-350-7830.

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Who do I contact to schedule my advising appointment?

If you are attending New Student Orientation or Transfer/Adult Student Orientation, Student Development Programs will schedule your advising appointment for you. All you need to do is register to attend an orientation session. You will receive your advising appointment when you check-in for orientation. 

If you completed orientation online, you need to contact the department or college of your major. Refer to this list of contacts

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What do I need to bring with me to orientation?

Orientation confirmation
USI Student ID Number
State Issued Picture ID (driver's license, passport or other ID)
myUSI username and password
Overnight accommodation items
Extra spending money
Umbrella
Immunization form or financial aid paperwork that you need to submit
Copies of college transcripts showing coursework completed or enrolled in

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Can I buy my textbooks at orientation?

The University Campus Store will be open during orientation.  You will be able to buy textbooks if they are available.  Fall textbooks are available for purchase online or in the store on August 1. Spring textbooks are available for purchase online or in the store on December 1.

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I'm not able to make the orientation session, when do I get registered for my classes?

If you are unable to attend any of the orientation sessions, contact Student Development Programs (812-465-7167) to arrange to complete online orientation and register for classes.

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For more information, contact us:

Student Development Programs
University of Southern Indiana
8600 University Blvd.
Evansville, IN 47712
800-350-7830
812-465-7167

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