Orientation and Transition


IUBeginnings is a historically successful program exclusively for new IU students as they transition to college life. For 2.5-3 days, new students explore activities and interest in a particular area. Through this, they connect with other new students, current student leaders, and faculty/staff coordinators in meaningful and unique ways. Every IUBeginnings participant leaves the experience with new friends, and more confidence and knowledge about life as a college student and Hoosier. Included in each IUBeginnings experience is learning through planned activities, discussions, reflection, and fun!

Experiences will fall into one of five categories or tracks:

IUBAdventurous experiences offer activities such as backpacking, kayaking, caving, canoeing, hiking, and biking. Participants will engage with new students who are outdoor enthusiasts or first-time outdoor explorers and connect over their love of nature.

IUBConnected experiences offer a sneak peek at what lies ahead during and after college. Students get to explore their educational interests and connect with professionals and IU alumni to learn about how experiences during college can impact and carry through to one’s professional life.

IUBCultured experiences offer an opportunity to connect over their love of the arts and achievement in culturally rich areas. These experiences also allow students to explore together the customs, arts, social institutions, and achievements of a particular nation, people or other social group.

IUBEngaged experiences offer a chance to focus on service and/or civic engagement. Students will enjoy participating in community service and involvement while connecting with other new students on a shared interest in social impact and the importance of giving back.

IUBLeading experiences offer students an opportunity to learn about and develop their leadership and interpersonal communication skills as they tackle group challenges with other new students.