University of Southern Indiana

Frequently Asked Questions

Do all students need to complete orientation? 

How do I register for Orientation? 

How do I get my username and password? 

Do parents attend orientation?

Is there a cost to attend orientation?

How do I change my orientation date, add or cancel guests, or add or cancel on-campus orientation housing?

How do I change my address, email or phone numbers?

How do I change my major?

What is a hold and how do I know if I have any?

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?

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 20 credits at another institution. This is a one-day, on-campus program.

Transfer and Adult Student Orientation is designed for students who are transferring 20 or more credit hours from another college or university or adult students (25 years of age or older). This is a one-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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How do I register for Screaming Eagles Orientation? 

To register for Screaming Eagles Orientation, follow these steps: 

1. Go to my.USI.edu. (You can also access myUSI from the USI Home Page (usi.edu). 

2. Log in with your myUSI username and password.

3. Click on the Screaming Eagles Orientation icon under Eagle Apps.

4. Fill out the form and make sure you click "Submit."


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How do I get my username and password?

To get your myUSI username and password, use the Activate Account tab at my.USI.edu to create your USI password and get your username. There are also tabs for Forgot Username and Forgot Password. If you need further assistance, contact the IT Help Desk at 812-465-1080. 

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Do parents attend orientation?

Yes, many parents do attend orientation on the same day as their student, but participate in a separate Parent and Family Orientation. Parents are encouraged to attend the Parent and Family Orientation so they also learn about the resources offered on campus and how best to assist their student. The student and parent will be separate for the majority of the day. If you would like to attend your student can register you when they register for orientation. If they have already registered, they can add you by going back into myUSI and clicking on the Screaming Eagles Orientation icon. 

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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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How do I change my orientation date, add or cancel guests, or add or cancel on-campus orientation housing?

If you need to make changes to your orientation reservation (i.e. date, guests, orientation housing), go to my.usi.edu, log in with your myUSI username and password and click on the Screaming Eagles Orientation icon under Eagle Apps. This will bring up your current reservation. Click on the section where you need to make changes and make the changes. Make sure to go to my Reservation and click submit. 

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How do I change my address, email or phone numbers?

You can change your address, email, phone numbers or emergency contacts all through myUSI. Follow these steps: 

  1. Go to my.usi.edu.
  2. Log in with your myUSI username and password. 
  3. Click on the Self-Service icon (looks like folders) under Eagles Apps.
  4. Click on Personal Information.
  5. Select the item you would like to update. 

If you have any questions or need assistance with updating addresses, email and phone numbers contact the Registrar's Office at 812-464-1762 or

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How do I change my major?

When you complete your orientation registration, you will be asked to verify your major. If you major is not correct, please change it on your orientation registration form. As part of the orientation registration you will be asked questions specific to your major so we want to make sure it is correct. We will send your new intended major to the Registrar's Office to update.

If you need to change your major after orientation, you would contact the Registrar's Office at  812-464-1762 or 

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What is a hold and how do I know if I have any?

Registration holds prevent you from registering for courses. There are many reasons why a hold my be placed. Click here to learn more about registration holds. All holds must be resolved before you will be allowed to register for classes. You will register for classes at orientation and must resolve any holds prior to then. You can check your registration holds by following these steps: 

  1. Go to my.usi.edu.
  2. Log in with your myUSI username and password. 
  3. Click on the Self-Service icon (looks like folders) under Eagle Apps
  4. Click on Student, then Student Records, and View Holds. 

If you have questions about any holds, contact the related department. 

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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 16, 2018. If you are scheduled to attend the orientation session on Wednesday, August 15, you will be able to move into your fall housing assignment on Tuesday, August 14 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 3, 2019, you will be able to move into your spring housing assignment on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. You may also move in on Thursday, January 3, 2019 or Saturday, January 5, 2019. 

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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 two weeks prior to attending your orientation session. 

When will I receive my confirmation?

You will receive a confirmation within minutes 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. Advising and registration is part of the orientation program. 

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?


USI Student ID Number
Government 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 (make sure you have your official transcripts sent to USI)

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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 learn when you can 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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