Orientation and Transition

Welcome Week

Exciting activities and time-honored traditions, enjoyed with a community of diverse, smart, interesting people that will make you glad you chose to become a Hoosier.

That, in a nutshell, is Welcome Week. Whether you’re new or returning to campus, these events—which begin the Wednesday before the start of fall classes—will help you prepare for a successful year and experience what it means to be an IU student.

Welcome Week 2017 begins on Wednesday, August 16. Each year, Welcome Week kicks off on the official Opening Day for the IU campus – the Wednesday before classes begin. Events continue through the first week of classes for new and returning students. 

Below are some of the many Welcome Week events. To explore the complete schedule download the IU FYE app or access the web version.

Remember to continue checking your IU email for updates and information about required events held during Welcome Week and beyond.

  • President McRobbie speaks at Induction Ceremony.

    Induction Activities

    August 16
    Your Induction into Indiana University! Induction Picnic immediately follows.  Family invited to both.

  • Group of students pose for the camera.

    Transfer Kick-Off

    August 16
    Learn how to make the most of your first year and beyond.

  • Off-campus student meeting.

    Off-Campus Freshman Meeting

    August 16
    Living off campus? Get tips to ease your transition and stay involved in student life.

  • Student leader runs a meeting in the dorm.

    Community/Floor Meetings

    August 16
    Get to know your floormates and your resident assistant in these required meetings.

  • Student gets counseling on which courses to take.

    Academic Programs and Events

    August 17
    Learn about the majors you’re considering from the faculty who will teach your courses.

  • Dance entertainment at Culture Fest.


    August 17
    Celebrate IU’s cultural diversity with food, music, and dancing.

  • Students play games at Wells Library

    Herman B House Party

    August 17
    Enjoy games, food, and prizes galore—and scope out future study spots.

  • Students play games at Wells Library

    Jigsaw Challenge: Piecing Together Undergraduate Research

    August 17
    Interactive booths will allow you to discover the opportunities and benefits of engaging in undergraduate research at IU.

  • Students holds up Batman product.

    Midnight Madness

    August 17
    Catch a ride on an IU shuttle to do some pre-semester shopping.

  • Students talk over bar-b-que grill.

    Open Houses

    August 18
    Tour the student services offices that will help you throughout your IU career.

  • Representative from Target talks with student about jobs.

    Part-Time Job Fairs

    August 18
    Explore the ways you can earn money and develop your skills by getting a part-time job.

  • Student slides down inflated slides at RecFest.


    August 18
    Try out IU’s recreational sports program, recognized as one of the nation’s best.

  • Student gets counseling on which courses to take.

    Sex, Drugs, and Rock 'n' Roll

    August 18
    Explore interactive booths and games to learn how to have more fun and succeed at IU.

  • IU cheerleader shaking pom-poms.

    Traditions & Spirit of IU

    August 18
    Show your IU spirit at this cream-and-crimson-filled pep rally.

  • Male student fills his plate with food.

    IMU Late Nite

    August 18
    Sample the food and activities at the Indiana Memorial Union, IU’s most popular campus hangout.

  • Game On!

    August 18
    Get your game on, while learning how tech at IU can save you time and money!

  • Block Party Carnival and Concert

    August 19
    Enjoy an evening of music and fun before classes start.

  • Student gets counseling on which courses to take.

    Career Advising

    August 20
    Start thinking ahead and planning for your future by attending a career advising session.

  • Student gets counseling on which courses to take.


    August 20
    Come find out how you can get involved with faith-based organizations.

  • Students stand and cheer at a football game.

    Residence Hall Late Nite Activities

    Throughout the week
    Bond with your neighbors and broaden your horizons.