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A new student and her guest hold signs showing their support and excitement for SIU.
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Grey Dawg and a new student wait for the shuttle bus to an NSO
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NSP Staff for the 2016 Saluki Startup and Weeks of Welcome
College of Liberal Arts
Weeks of Welcome events include many different opportunities to interact with SIU staff.
The Blair family is currently the caretaker for a large family of real life Salukis.

New Student Orientation for new freshmen and transfer students who will start classes in the spring 2017 semester will be held on Friday, January 13, 2017. This New Student Orientation (NSO) program will run from 1:00PM (check-in begins at 12:00PM) until 4:00PM. New Student Orientation is required for freshmen and strongly encouraged for transfer students. If you are unable to attend New Student Orientation on January 13, 2017, please contact New Student Programs at 618-453-1000 or to schedule a make-up program. To register for the January 13, 2017 New Student Orientation program, please go to Spring 2017 NSO registration.

Students who register and attend the January 13 NSO will be permitted to move into on-campus housing early, from 9:00AM to 12:00PM on Friday, January 13, 2017. Please contact University Housing at or by calling 618/453-2301 for additional questions about housing contracts and move-in.

New Student Orientation (NSO) is for new SIU students and their families and supporters. After NSO, you'll know what to expect on your first day of classes. NSO will make sure you are ready to make the most of your time when you first arrive on campus and throughout your academic career.

If you have a conflict with the date or have a question, please contact New Student Programs at 618/453-1000 or via email at

Registration and NSO Details

Sign-Up for New Student Orientation (NSO) 

View or Modify an existing NSO reservation

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.

NSO for Spring 2017

  • Friday, January 13

Freshman NSO Dates for Fall 2017

  • Monday, April 17
  • Friday, April 28
  • Saturday, May 6
  • Friday, May 19
  • Friday, June 2
  • Saturday, June 3
  • Monday, June 26
  • Friday, July 7

Transfer NSO Dates for Fall 2017

  • Monday, April 24
  • Saturday, May 20
  • Friday, June 23
  • Monday, July 10

For students and family members with disabilities, accommodations can be made for events and programs upon request. Please contactDisability Support Servicesat 618-453-5738 to discuss your request.

Staying Overnight

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

Stay Overnight- Carbondale hotels

First Things First

Do these things before orientation. Come prepared.

Before Orientation

For Families 

The NEW Parent Access is a great way for parents and guardians to view billing, financial aid and registration information.


Download the MySIU app and select "SIUC" for the complete guide with specific locations, dates, times, and details during Saluki Startup, Weeks of Welcome, and throughout the year.  Create a personalized schedule of events YOU want to attend, share on Facebook, check out pictures and more.  View Guidebook Flyer.

CLICK HERE to view the official SIU Guidebook home page on your computer with specific event, locations, dates, and times.