Checklist First Year

First-Year Students

Your Future Starts Here

The UIC Orientation for first-year students is a two-day overnight Orientation designed to acquaint you with UIC, ensure your success by providing information and up-to-date resources, and provide you with your first opportunity to meet with an academic advisor.

When making travel arrangements, please be aware that all activities are mandatory and students may neither arrive late nor leave early. An overnight stay is required for the first-year program. We will provide on-campus overnight accommodations for each student.


  • Obtain your i-card and learn about the services it accesses
  • Verify your NetID, Enterprise ID, and Common Password
  • Before your first day, print copy of your class schedule and visit your class locations
  • Learn about your student bill (Tuition payments are due September 28th & February 28th)
  • Save emergency contact phone numbers, (e.g., UIC Police: (312) 355-5555
  • Set up your Direct Deposit and or Authorized Payer online
  • Discover all the transportation options for getting to, from, and around campus
  • Visit the UIC Bookstores to purchase books and supplies
  • Apply for Financial Aid (Fill out your FAFSA)
  • Sign-up for the SMS system
  • Pick up your U-Pass*
  • Apply for parking with Parking Services
  • Turn in your Medical Immunization forms to the Office of the Registrar
  • Apply for Campus Housing online at
  • Explore Off-Campus Housing options online at
  • Familiarize yourself with CampusCare. Waive out online at by the Fall deadline of September 12, 2015 or the Spring deadline of February 7, 2016 if you have insurance through work or a family member
  • Review the status of all awarded scholarships
  • Visit Student Employment and Career Services to explore job opportunities and resources
  • Apply for the pre-pay-meal plan for your online student bill in the University Student Financial Services and Cashier Operation's Office