Orientation and Transition

New Student Orientation

Mailings and Publications

We’re looking out for you even before New Student Orientation. These mailings will help you prepare for your orientation program and your life at IU, from making your reservation to thinking about your academic goals. Whenever possible, current copies of each mailing will be posted on this page for easy reference.

New Student Orientation Postcard

This postcard will help you plan out the weeks and months ahead. You’ll learn what you should do now to get ready for New Student Orientation, what important deadlines are coming, whom to contact with questions, and more. Share this postcard with your parents—they’ll want to read about the program we offer specifically for them. Postcards are generally sent out 4-6 weeks prior to invitations.  Freshmen admitted for fall semester will receive their postcard through the mail.

View the 2018 Freshman New Student Orientation Postcard.

Invitation to New Student Orientation

The invitation is your cue to reserve your spot in New Student Orientation. We begin mailing invitations in mid-March to incoming students who are planning to enroll at IU in the fall. Freshmen will receive their invitations by mail. Transfer students will receive an email invitation. In order to be invited and to choose an orientation date, new students must complete the Intent to Enroll form (this does not apply to students transferring to IUB from another IU campus). Freshmen students must also pay their enrollment deposit through the Office of Admissions. New students entering IU during a summer session or during spring semester will be sent the orientation invitation by email.

Preparation Packet

In addition to the online reservation confirmation, students attending summer New Student Orientation will receive a confirmation packet before their program date. Students attending orientation at other times will receive this packet electronically.

Read these materials carefully and share them with your family members, because they include important information like what to expect, what to bring, and where to park. Your packet will also contain academic materials and other items to read and fill out before orientation.

NSO Handbook

At New Student Orientation, we provide each student and family with a NSO Handbook. This Handbook serves as a tool for references and connections throughout your orientation experience.