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Orientation

Now that you’ve been admitted to IU, it’s time to start preparing for your first year on campus. Our New Student Orientation program gives you the tools you need to make a successful transition to college. 

Our orientation program runs through the months of June and July and is required for all new students. Incoming freshmen attend a two-day program and transfer students participate in a one-day program. International students attend a separate orientation through the Office of International Services that focuses on adjustment issues, registration, placement testing, and immigration policies.

During orientation, you’ll:

  • Get academic advising, plan your first semester schedule, and register for courses
  • Take required placement tests in math and foreign language(s), as well as various optional placement tests
  • Obtain your student ID card
  • Attend information sessions with current students, parents, and professors
  • Stay overnight in a residence hall
  • Meet other new students
Parent Orientation Program

Your family will play an important role in your college success, so we offer a program designed especially for them. It runs concurrent with student orientation and includes sessions on campus resources, financial aid, academic support services and programs, and housing.

Registering for Orientation

Starting in mid-March, the Office of First Year Experience Programs will send out invitations for New Student Orientation to admitted students who have paid their $100 enrollment deposit. Once your deposit is paid, you’ll be able to make your reservation online. Confirmation letters (including your assigned orientation session) will begin to be sent in early May.

After Orientation

Your IU orientation doesn’t end with the on-campus program. There are two additional activities to keep in mind:

IUBeginnings

Are you an incoming freshman? Do you want to start your college experience in a unique way? Take a fun-filled IUBeginnings adventure. Get to know IU and other new students as you go rock climbing, canoeing, camping, or complete a community service project. These programs take place right before the start of the fall semester and are a perfect way to begin your college years.

Welcome Week

Welcome Week is designed to familiarize you with IU’s people, places, and resources. Welcome Week begins on the same day the residence halls open for move in. Some highlights include the Freshman Induction Ceremony and picnic, academic orientation, and CultureFest.

For more information on orientation and related events, visit the Office of First Year Experience Programs.