The New Student Orientation is designed for students entering a university for the first time or for transferring students that have earned less than 20 credits at another institution.
New Student Orientation is a one-day event. Make arrangements to be on campus from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (CST).
*Available by specific invitation.
What New Students Can Expect
During your orientation, you will:
Orientation begins with check-in on the second floor of the USI Performance Center between 8-9 a.m. During this time, you are encouraged to participate in the morning activities with your parents/family. You will want to get your student ID picture taken; ask questions and gather information at the resource fair, where more than 30 University departments will be represented; and take an individual or family photo with Archie, the University mascot.
The program begins at 9 a.m. with the official University Welcome for you and your parents/family. Following the Welcome, you and your parents/family will have separate schedules and will reconnect at the end of the day. You will then meet your Orientation Leader (AMIGO) and a small group of other new students. You will attend orientation with this small group and learn about University resources, academic requirements and college life.
In the afternoon you will meet with an academic advisor and register for classes. At the end of the day you will receive your official student ID (Eagle Access Card) and find out more about becoming a Screaming Eagle!
Cost for Students
The cost for students to participate in an orientation program is included on your first tuition bill as the matriculation fee. This fee covers the cost of orientation, Welcome Week, and other new student programs. This is a one-time, nonrefundable fee paid by all new students to the University who register for classes.