Orientation and Transition

New Student Orientation

Program Schedule

Summer
Incoming Freshmen

Incoming Freshmen

Most students who enter IU in the fall semester come to summer orientation. This two-day program is designed to give you the best possible start to your IU experience.

Our largest orientation program, summer orientation takes place in June and July. If you absolutely can’t schedule your program during the six weeks we offer, you can request an exemption so you can attend the program in August, shortly before the start of the semester.

Planning and Making Your Reservation

If you’ve been admitted for the fall, we’ll send you information about New Student Orientation as early as February. After you receive your invitation to New Student Orientation and have paid your enrollment deposit, you can make your online reservation. We begin taking reservations in mid-March.

Choosing Your Schedule

When you make your reservation, you’ll be able to select your preferred date and schedule from all the options available to you. Your options are based on your intended area of study and advising appointment, so different students may see different availability.

We offer two general schedules. Schedule A typically starts early in the morning on the first day and ends by 2:30 p.m. of the second day. Schedule B typically starts late in the morning on the first day and ends by 6 p.m. the second day.

Sample Schedule A, Day 1

Early morning Check-in
Morning Information sessions, and lunch
Afternoon Information sessions and academic advising preparation
Evening Dinner and final sessions
Late night Activities with other students in and around the residence hall, including the popular Campus Legends Tour

Sample Schedule A, Day 2

Morning Final sessions
Afternoon Personalized schedule, including one-on-one academic advising, course registration, and student ID pick-up

Information Sessions

The information sessions are designed to connect you with many of the resources, opportunities, and support services waiting for you at IU. These sessions include:

  • “Professor’s Perspective,” in which an IU faculty member discusses expectations in the classroom
  • An overview of IU advising by area of study
  • Topical sessions on subjects like career services, finances and billing, technology, student services, and the CampusAccess Card (student ID)

Placement Exams

Required and optional placement exams are included in your orientation program. Prior to your New Student Orientation, you will receive information on how to take the required online exams: the Foreign Language Placement Exam and the Math Placement Exam. If you’d like to take our optional placement exams in calculus and/or biology, they’re offered prior to the start of your program—either the evening before your program starts or early in the morning before check-in.

Start Exploring

Your second-day schedule may have some periods of free time. Our recommendation: start exploring your new home. Your options include touring your assigned residence hall, meeting with a financial aid advisor, and seeing more of campus or Bloomington.

We also suggest spending time in our Resource Center, where you can learn about dozens of offices, organizations, and services at IU and in Bloomington.

Transfer Students

Transfer Students

Most students who enter IU in the fall semester come to summer orientation. Our one-day program for transfer students—typically offered five times throughout June and July—will help you transition smoothly to IU.

If you absolutely can’t schedule your program during the summer, you can request an exemption so you can attend the program in August, shortly before the start of the semester.

Transfer students entering the Jacobs School of Music are required to attend the orientation for incoming freshmen.

Planning and Making Your Reservation

If you’ve been admitted for the fall, we’ll send you information about New Student Orientation as early as February. After you receive your invitation to New Student Orientation, you can make your online reservation. We begin taking reservations in mid-March.

When you make your reservation, you’ll be able to select your preferred date from all the dates that are available to you based on your intended area of study and advising appointment.

Sample Schedule

Early morning Check-in
Morning Information sessions and advising preparation
Afternoon Lunch, academic advising, and course registration

Your program will begin by 8 a.m. Afternoon schedules vary depending on your advising and registration appointments, so you should plan to be on campus as late as 6:30 p.m.

Sessions and Free Time

So that you can learn about the topics you’re most interested in, you’ll have some choice about which sessions you attend. Topics include:

  • Academic success
  • Careers and internships
  • On-campus housing
  • Billing and finances

As your afternoon schedule permits, you may also want to tour a residence hall or meet with a financial aid counselor. We also suggest spending time in our Resource Center, where you can learn about dozens of offices, organizations, and services at IU and in Bloomington.

Placement Exams

Prior to New Student Orientation, you will receive information on how to take our placement exams in math and a foreign language, if they are required for you. If you’d like to take our optional placement exams in calculus and/or biology, they’re offered the evening before your program, or you can take them in the fall.

Parents

Parents

The program for parents and guests at summer New Student Orientation includes topical sessions, opportunities for discussion and questions, and a chance to be in some of the same IU buildings that will soon become a part of your student’s world.

Offered in June and July, this program is for parents whose students will enter IU in the fall. Your student will start to receive information from us about orientation as early as February.

General Schedule

If your student is an incoming freshman, the first day of your program will last through dinner. That evening, there will be an optional open house in a treasured IU location just for parents and guests. The second day will conclude around lunchtime.

If your student is transferring to IU, you’ll have sessions throughout the morning and into the early afternoon.

You’ll probably be done with your program well before your student, giving you time to relax or explore campus. Please note that parents and guests do not attend advising and registration with their student.

Sessions

Typical sessions cover topics such as:

  • "Partnering with IU for Your Student’s Success"
  • Academic success and expectations
  • Career services
  • Billing and finances
  • Real-life student experiences and IU traditions
  • Campus resources, support, and services
  • Housing
  • Academic advising

Optional Activities for You and Your Student

  • Discuss your questions and concerns about your student’s housing assignment with Residential Programs and Services staff.
  • Tour a residence hall.
  • Meet with staff from the Office of Student Financial Assistance.
  • Spend time in our Resource Center, where you can learn about dozens of offices, organizations, and services at IU and in Bloomington.