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You chose SIU to become part of something big, to join a challenging yet supportive academic community. New Student Orientation (NSO) is your opportunity to claim your place.

We've been doing this awhile, and we've discovered that students who attend NSO often have higher first semester GPAs and a deeper connection to campus. That’s why attendance at NSO is required for all new freshmen.

What's so great about NSO? We remove the "oops, I forgot" and the "I wish I'd known" factors by helping you take care of all the details for your first day as a student. And we introduce you to some of the resources that will help you take your best and make it better.

And you’ll meet the heart of our University – fellow new students, students who’ve been here a bit, and faculty and staff.

Summer admits should complete orientation before May 23rd to ensure they are ready to start. Summer classes will start shortly after. 

This is where it begins

Whatever your ambitions, we'll help you get there.

Orientation Dates

  • Saturday, March 22
    Registration Closed (full)
  • Friday, March 28
    Registration Closed (full)
  • Monday, April 14
    Registration Closed (full)
  • Friday, April 18
    Registration Closed (full)
  • Friday, April 25
    Registration Closed (full)
  • Friday, May 16
  • Monday, May 19 (Transfer Day)
  • Friday, May 23
  • Friday, June 6
  • Friday, June 13 (Transfer Day)
  • Saturday, June 14
  • Monday, June 23
  • Friday, June 27
  • Monday, July 14
  • Saturday, July 19
  • Friday, July 25 (Transfer Day)
  • Saturday, July 26

First Things First

Do these things before orientation.

Come prepared.

Before Orientation

Staying Overnight

Make it a mini-vacation and stick around after orientation or arrive a day early.

Stay Overnight

Unparalleled Access

Don’t let anything stop you. Tell us how we can help. 

Contact Us

Phone: (618)453-1000(618)453-1000
Email: orientation@siu.edu

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