Frequently Asked Questions
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 and schedule classes, attend financial aid and bursar's office presentations, tour a residence hall and learn about community living on campus, submit their immunization records, learn about banking options, get their student ID, understand their Debit Dawg account, get access to their SIU email account, learn more about involvement opportunities such as Registered Student Organizations (RSOs), the 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!
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.
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!
Online reservations for 2018 New Student Orientation will open Monday, February 12, 2018. Students who have recently been admitted may have to wait 24 hours after being admitted to access the online reservation. Online reservations are available at orientation.siu.edu. If you have difficulty with the online reservation form or you have questions, please contact New Student Programs at 618/453-1000.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 618/453-1000, and we will be happy to assist you.
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.
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).
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!
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.
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 email@example.com or 618/453-1000 and we will work with you to resolve the issue.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 618/453-1000.
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.
All New Student Orientation programs will be held at the SIU Student Center. To map directions, use the following address:
Free parking is provided for New Student Orientation. Follow the signs when you arrive on campus to our designated parking lots. Parking for the April 20, April 23, and April 30 NSO programs will be in lot 56, near the SIU Arena. A free shuttle to the Student Center will be provided on these days. Parking for all other NSO programs will be in Lots 11 & 13, across from the Student Center.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com 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.
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 16th-18th. 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 19th through September 30th. 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 2018!