About Orientation

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We believe our support for your SIU experience should begin immediately.

New Student Orientation (NSO) is a one-day program for incoming SIU students and their support system. After NSO, you'll know what to expect on your first day of classes. The program will make sure you are ready to make the most of your time when you first arrive on campus and throughout your academic career.

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

We've been doing this a while and discovered that students who attend New Student Orientation often have higher first semester GPAs and a deeper connection to campus. As a result, attendance is required for all new freshmen.

What's so great about NSO? We remove the "oops, I forgot" and the "I wish I had known" factors by helping you take care of all the details for your first day as a student. We will also 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.

During NSO:

You'll meet...

Your Orientation Leaders will help facilitate your orientation day activities. Meetings with your academic advisor and financial aid counselors will also be available. You will also meet with faculty and staff members from your college and other campus departments, current SIU students, and other new students attending New Student Orientation.

You'll discover...

Learn about resources that make "unparalleled access" more than just a phrase. No matter your background or your career ambition, we have what you need to fit into the academic and social environment of SIU. Because SIU is an important part of the community, you'll learn what the city of Carbondale has to offer, and how you can fit into the civic community.

You'll investigate...

Learning isn't just hitting the books. It's connecting with people whose interests are similar to yours but whose backgrounds may be different. It's trying something new. It's using your academic major interests to support your community by volunteering. During NSO, you'll learn about opportunities for all of that, and more.

…and we'll help you take care of the details.

Details can make all the difference. We've got you covered! We'll help you take care of some things you probably didn't even know you needed; including, but not limited to: registering for classes, reserving your textbooks, getting a student ID, signing up for housing, finding our computer labs and free Wi-Fi areas, learning about parking, immunization requirements, and convenient bill-paying options.

NSO for Family Members

Do you have younger children, family members or kids attending New Student Orientation with you? Sign them up for their own exciting orientation adventure with Junior Saluki Experience! Visit Junior Saluki Experience for more details and registration information.

We want you in on the fun, too! We'll help you understand the student experience, including what you can expect as your student becomes a college student. You'll learn about student life, helpful resources, opportunities for student involvement, and more while meeting other families of new students.

Speaking of details – check your confirmation email for directions, check-in, and parking information.