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Graduate College New Student Orientation

Congratulations on beginning your graduate education at UIC! 

The Graduate College will be holding a Graduate New-Student Orientation for students admitted for Fall 2019 on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 from 9:00 AM  to 1:00 PM in Student Center West Thompson Rooms. Registration will take place from 8:15 to 9:00 AM. There will be a concurrent Graduate Student Resource Fair after the orientation.  A casual lunch will follow the orientation.

Once you have received your official admission letter from the Graduate College (via the Admissions Office), you will be able to register for orientation by signing into the UIC portal,, and looking for Graduate New-Student Orientation under UIC Connect. Instructions for UIC Connect will be provided with your official admission letter. Under this tab, you will be able to see information about signing up for orientation.

The New Graduate Student Orientation is OPTIONAL, NOT MANDATORY, but you are encouraged to attend.  Please check with your department regarding any mandatory orientations.  Teaching Assistants please see the link below for TA Orientation and International Students please see the like below for the Office of International Services Orientation.

The New Graduate Student Orientation will be held in Student Center West Thompson Rooms.  Please see the campus map  here. The Student Center West is located at 828 S. Wolcott Ave. between Taylor and Polk streets.

Check-in begins at 8:15 AM, with opening remarks beginning promptly at 9:00 AM. The program concludes around 1:00 PM. The resource fair and lunch social will take place after the orientation is over.

The Graduate College orientation will offer you the opportunity to become familiar with Graduate College and other University staff, procedures, and services.  There will be several speakers from a number of UIC service units, as well as from senior administrators.

  • Reservations will be taken online, through UIC Connect.
  • Login information for UIC Connect is provided with your official admission letter sent from the Admissions Office, and signed by the Dean of the Graduate College.  You will not have access to UIC Connect until your admission is finalized by the Admissions Office.
  • Orientation information appears as a checklist item on the student's UIC Connect homepage.

Congratulations again on your decision to pursue graduate study.  We look forward to seeing you on August 21st!

 Other Information:

  • Directions and Parking: CTA runs many routes around West Campus. Student Center West is 2 blocks south of I-290 with easy access to the CTA Pink lines and Blue lines . Self paid parking is available in the Paulina Street parking garage on Taylor St. The number 7 Harrison bus, the number 9 Ashland bus, the number 12 Roosevelt bus all stop nearby, and the number 157 Streeterville/Taylor bus stop right at the Pink Line station.
  • Accommodations:  If you require specific accommodations for New Graduate Student Orientation, please contact the Graduate College at (312) 413-2550 and ask to speak with Theresa.

While on campus, students may be able to obtain the I-card student ID. You will need to bring a photo ID to the I-card office (not on site at orientation but in the building). 

  • For more information about the I-card and for locations on campus click here.

 Please be aware that UIC offers several different orientation sessions for graduate students.  You may be required to attend some of the following:

For questions about other orientations, please check with your academic program. Click here for additional information.