About Orientation

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

New Student Orientation (NSO) is a three (3) phase 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.

We've been doing this a while and discovered that students who attend New Student Orientation often create a deeper connection to campus. As a result, attendance is required for all new freshmen and strongly encouraged for transfer students.

In Phase One (1), you'll receive important information that will be prepare you for life as a Saluki!  There are video modules available on MyCourses, SIU’s Learning Management System. This phase is estimated to take 1.5 hours to complete and may be done at your own pace. Students will be granted access to MyCourses by using their Dawgtag # (SIU85XXXXXXX) and their network ID password. Families/supporters may complete the modules with their student and can also access select videos via our Families and Guests webpage

In Phase Two (2), you'll learn what's so great about SIU. Orientation will take place in the afternoon on your scheduled orientation date via a Zoom call. A detailed schedule will be emailed one week prior to your orientation date.  

And in Phase Three (3), you’ll meet the heart of our University. During Winter Weeks of Welcome, you will meet fellow new students and students who’ve been here a bit. You will get to meet our outstanding faculty and staff and get a chance to explore our campus before classes start.


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:

Let our Virtual Orientation Checklist Guide you on your journey.

Don't worry about getting lost in the details or forgetting a step along the way. We know that there is a lot to keep track of and of task that have to be done also the way. We are here to help and we have a checklist that will help you too.

Our Orientation Checklist is designed to help guide you through this process and make sure that you have completed everything prior to the start of the school year in August.

Virtual Orientation Checklist

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.