Alternative NSO

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Alternative Orientation is a phone/web-based program providing the key information you need for a successful start to your academic career at SIU. Alternative Orientation is only recommended for transfer students. Freshmen with extreme circumstances which prevent them from attending one of the full-day NSO programs (military commitments, students living abroad) may be granted an exception to participate in Alternative Orientation instead of a traditional New Student Orientation. Contact New Student Programs at or 618/453-1000 to request Alternative Orientation. A staff member will schedule a time for a New Student Orientation staff member to do a one-on-one webinar-style orientation with you.

  • If you have been admitted for the summer or fall 2019 semesters, you can reserve your orientation date here
For questions or concerns, or if you would like to schedule an alternative orientation for spring 2019 admits, please contact New Student Programs at 618/453-1000 or

New Student Orientation is required for new freshmen and strongly recommended for new transfer students. Attending one of our New Student Orientation events is the best way to ensure you start college right.

Do Not Delay 

Do not wait until the fall semester begins to finalize important details for your enrollment at SIU.