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Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I attend New Student Orientation?

I am alrealy familiar with SIU (I live locally, I know someone who works at, or I have a family member who attended SIU). Why should I attend?

Is there a cost to attend New Student Orientation?

How do I sign up for New Student Orientation?

I see that you have a date marked just for transfer students. Can transfers attend other programs, as well?

Should family members attend New Student Orientation?

What if I need to make a change to my guests?

Is there an advantage to attending an earlier program?

How will my date be confirmed?

What if I do not receive a confirmation e-mail?

What if I want to change my date?

What if I need to change my major?

What is the location of the program?

Where do I park?

Where do I check in?

How long is the program?

Are there available accommodations if needed?

I've attended New Student Orientation, now what?


Why should I attend New Student Orientation?

At New Student Orientation, we go out of our way to make sure nothing is in yours! Students who attend New Student Orientation tend to have higher first-semester GPAs and feel better prepared to begin their academic careers at SIU. That’s why attendance at New Student Orientation is required for freshmen and highly recommended for transfer students.

New Student Orientation offers students a number of resources to make the enrollment process and transition to SIU go much more smoothly. New Student Orientation offers students the opportunity to take care of all of the necessary details to finalize enrollment. In ONE day, students can meet with their Academic Advisor to discuss scheduling classes, attend a financial aid and housing presentation, submit their immunization records, learn about banking options, get their Student ID, establish a Debit Dawg account, set up their SIU email account, learn more about involvement opportunities such as Registered Student Organizations (RSOs), Dawg Pound, Marching Salukis, and Fraternity & Sorority Life, meet other new and current students, and much, much more. Students leave New Student Orientation with everything taken care of and excited to start life as a Saluki!

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I am already familiar with SIU (I live locally, I know someone who works at SIU, or I have a family member who attended SIU). Why should I attend?

While we realize you may be familiar with campus, New Student Orientation is about so much more! In fact, we spend very little time focusing on the physical layout of campus. New Student Orientation offers you the opportunity to make connections with new and current students from across the country, so you start school with friendships already forming. New Student Orientation gives you the opportunity to meet faculty and staff who are there to support you throughout your college experience. New Student Orientation brings together all the various offices you are required to work with in order to complete your enrollment process. It exposes you to the support services in place to help you succeed. It educates your family on the transitions you will face as a college student and how they can best support you. And last, but certainly not least, New Student Orientation gets the entire family excited about becoming Salukis! Don’t forget, attendance at New Student Orientation is required for freshmen and highly recommended for transfer students.

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Is there a cost to attend New Student Orientation?

There are no upfront costs for students.

However, all new students (freshmen and transfers) will be assessed a non-refundable $150 matriculation fee on their Bursar bill, which covers orientation activities including New Student Orientation, Saluki Startup, Weeks of Welcome and additional activities throughout the year. Because all new students will be assessed this fee, it is important you take advantage of these important activities!

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How do I sign up for New Student Orientation?

Students who have been admitted to SIU can sign up for New Student Orientation 24 hours after being admitted, by visiting http://orientation.siu.edu. If you are unable to access the online reservation form, please contact New Student Programs at 618/453-1000.

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I see that you have dates marked just for transfer students. Can transfers attend other programs, as well?

We understand transfer students may have different interests and concerns than freshmen, so we have specifically designed programs to address those needs. Please review the dates scheduled for transfer New Student Orientation programs. If you are a transfer student and you would like to attend one of the freshmen New Student Orientation programs, please contact our office at orientation@siu.edu or 618/453-1000, and we will be happy to assist you.

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Should family members attend New Student Orientation?

Absolutely! We strongly encourage family members and those who support our new Salukis to attend New Student Orientation, as family involvement in a student's college experience is critical. We have sessions designed to address the questions and concerns of family members, including how to best support you as a college student. They will also learn more about their Saluki Family Association membership. Be sure to complete the Guest Information on the New Student Orientation reservation form for each guest who plans to attend.

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What if I need to make a change to my guests?

If you need to add/remove a guest or change guest information, simply sign back in to your reservation. On your reservation summary page, click on "Edit Section" in the guest section and make any necessary changes. Students can add guests in until the program reaches capacity or up to one week prior to the program (whichever occurs first).

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Is there an advantage to attending an earlier program?

The earlier you attend New Student Orientation, the sooner you can take care of the necessary details to finalize your enrollment at SIU. You will also meet other new and current students, so attending an earlier date will allow you the opportunity to start developing those relationships much sooner. Finally, New Student Orientation exposes you to the wealth of support services on this campus, and the faculty and staff who are there to support you. Many times, learning about these resources and meeting the faculty and staff can help ease any nerves you may have and get you excited to become a Saluki!

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How will my date be confirmed?

When you complete your New Student Orientation reservation, you will receive a confirmation email. In addition to confirming your date, this email will provide a checklist of items to complete before, during, and after New Student Orientation; as well as helpful information about academic advisement and planning your trip to campus.

To make the most of your New Student Orientation experience, it is very important you read the confirmation email right away and follow the steps listed in the checklist. Some of these items must be completed before you attend New Student Orientation, or you may not be able to register for classes. You will receive additional reminder emails one and two weeks before your New Student Orientation, and each email will have helpful and important information.

All correspondence regarding New Student Orientation will be done via email, so please make sure you provide a valid email address (which you check regularly) on your reservation.

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What if I do not receive a confirmation e-mail?

There are a few possible reasons you may not receive a confirmation email. Check to make sure you completed your reservation in the New Student Orientation reservation system. Verify the email address provided is correct. Check the Junk folder and settings on your email account. If you still have not received a confirmation email after completing these steps, please contact our office at orientation@siu.edu or 618/453-1000 and we will work with you to resolve the issue.

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What if I want to change my date?

To change your date, simply log back into your account and select a new date. We ask you to change your date as early as possible, so we can plan accordingly for your visit to campus. Reservations will close 3 business days before a New Student Orientation program, and at this point you will no longer be able to change your reservation electronically. If you need assistance, please email orientation@siu.edu or call 618/453-1000.

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What if I need to change my major?

If you need to change your major, please contact Undergraduate Admissions at 618/536-4405 PRIOR to attending NSO. Changing your major in advance will ensure you meet with the appropriate advisor when you attend New Student Orientation.

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What is the location of the program?

All New Student Orientation programs will be held at the SIU Student Center. To map directions, use the following address:

1255 Lincoln Drive
Carbondale, IL 62901

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Where do I park?

Free parking will be available across from the SIU Student Center (Lot 11 & 13) with no parking permit required. 

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Where do I check in?

Check in for New Student Orientation will be held in the John W. Corker Lounge on the 2nd floor of the SIU Student Center. Use the main Student Center entrance on Lincoln Drive, go up the stairs, and take an immediate left. 

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How long is the program?

New Student Orientation is a full-day program, with check-in beginning at 7:45AM and the last events of orientation ending at approximately 4:30PM. A detailed schedule will be available soon at http://orientation.siu.edu/aboutorientation/agenda.html

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Are there available accommodations if needed?

If you, your family member, or a guest needs assistance (such as an interpreter, wheelchair, etc.) to fully participate in New Student Orientation, please indicate this in the reservation system. We will strive to accommodate your needs to the best of our ability. You may also contact our office at orientation@siu.edu or 618/453-1000 to discuss your needs and how we can support you. Advanced notification will allow us more opportunity to connect you or your family member or guest with the appropriate resources or accommodations.

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I've attended New Student Orientation, now what?

By attending New Student Orientation, you have started your Saluki path on the right foot. But New Student Orientation is only the beginning! Your next step in the orientation process is to attend Saluki Startup August 18th-20th. Saluki Startup offers three fun-filled days solely for new students, prior to the first day of classes in the fall semester. During Saluki Startup, you’ll learn more about what it takes to be a successful college student, meet other new students, and meet the faculty, staff, and community members who are here to support you during your journey at SIU. Attendance at Saluki Startup activities is encouraged for freshmen and highly recommended for transfer students.

After Saluki Startup, join the campus community for Weeks of Welcome (WOW) August 21st through September 10th. During WOW, the SIU campus and Carbondale community provide multiple activities to welcome students to campus and get them excited for the fall semester. So, catch the Saluki spirit and join us for Saluki Startup and WOW 2016! For more information, visit http://salukistartup.siu.edu and http://wow.siu.edu

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