Orientation and Transition

New Student Orientation

Getting off to a great start at IU includes attending New Student Orientation (NSO). It’s where FYE helps you prepare for a successful first semester and year.

Program schedules will vary based on when you enter, but all are designed to help you get the information you need. See schedule samples using the links to the left. 

At New Student Orientation, you’ll meet with an academic advisor and register for your first-semester classes. You’ll also learn about IU’s academics, support programs, and other resources. Plus, you’ll get familiar with campus and meet lots of other new Hoosiers.

If this is your first time at IU Bloomington as a degree-seeking student, you’re required to attend in order to register for classes.

Your Reservation

Making your reservation for NSO is an online process that utilizes the FY(Me) login at the top of the screen. Based on the semester that you have been admitted for, you will have access to additional information, a to-do list, and various resources to assist you in your transition to the Bloomington campus. Once you receive your invitation to attend NSO, you can return to FY(Me) to complete your NSO reservation. 

Admitted for Fall 2017 and have not attended New Student Orientation? To schedule advising, you must check in at University Division Records Office at Maxwell Hall 028. University Division Records will be open from 9am to 4pm Monday through Friday. Fall courses begin Monday, August 21.

Admitted for Spring 2017? We will begin taking New Student Orientation reservations in mid-November. Watch your email for details and updates.

Parents and Family

This is a time of transition for you too, so we offer a program for parents and family members at the same time as the student program, with sessions that prepare you to support your student. You’ll also get to experience the community and campus where your student will live.


A nonrefundable, required New Student Orientation/First Year Programs fee will be included in your first IU tuition and fees billing. You do not need to pay it up front, but are responsible for the fee once you reserve your space at NSO. The fees are as follows:

  • Freshman Domestic Student: $210
  • Transfer Domestic Student: $189
  • Freshman International Student: $233
  • Transfer International Student: $212
  • Parent/Guests: NSO participants can bring up to 2 guests with no additional charge. The fee for subsequent guests is $10 each.