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.

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. The 2016 Welcome Week kicks off on August 17.

Welcome Week begins with the Freshman Induction Ceremony on Opening Day. All students living in residence centers receive a copy of the full schedule when they check in. Off-campus new students receive a copy by attending the Off-Campus student meetings on opening day.

  • President McRobbie speaks at Induction Ceremony.

    Induction Activities

    August 17
    Your Induction into Indiana University! Induction Picnic immediately follows.  Family invited to both.

  • Students talk over bar-b-que grill.

    Open Houses

    August 19
    Tour the student services offices that will help you throughout your IU career.

  • Group of students pose for the camera.

    Transfer Kick-Off

    August 17
    Learn how to make the most of your first year and beyond.

  • Student slides down inflated slides at RecFest.


    August 19
    Try out IU’s recreational sports program, recognized as one of the nation’s best.

  • Off-campus student meeting.

    Off-Campus Freshman Meeting

    August 17
    Living off campus? Get tips to ease your transition and stay involved in student life.

  • IU cheerleader shaking pom-poms.

    Traditions & Spirit of IU

    August 19
    Show your IU spirit at this cream-and-crimson-filled pep rally.

  • Student leader runs a meeting in the dorm.

    Community/Floor Meetings

    August 17
    Get to know your floormates and your resident assistant in these required meetings.

  • Male student fills his plate with food.

    IMU Late Nite

    August 19
    Sample the food and activities at the Indiana Memorial Union, IU’s most popular campus hangout.

  • Students stand and cheer at a football game.

    Residence Hall Activities

    Bond with your neighbors and broaden your horizons.

  • Game On!

    August 19
    Get your game on, while learning how tech at IU can save you time and money!

  • Student gets counseling on which courses to take.

    Academic Orientation

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

  • Students holds up Batman product.

    Midnight Madness

    August 19
    Catch a ride on an IU shuttle to do some pre-semester shopping.

  • Dance entertainment at Culture Fest.


    August 18
    Celebrate IU’s cultural diversity with food, music, and dancing.

  • Representative from Target talks with student about jobs.

    Job Fairs

    August 19
    Explore the ways you can earn money and develop your skills by getting a part-time job.

  • Students play games at Wells Library

    Herman B House Party at the Wells Library

    August 18
    Enjoy games, food, and prizes galore—and scope out future study spots.

  • New students pitch in during Service Day.

    New Student Service Day

    August 20
    Connect with your new community, and other new students, through community service.

  • Students play games at Wells Library

    Jigsaw Challenge: Piecing Together Undergraduate Research

    August 18
    Interactive booths will allow you to discover the opportunities and benefits of engaging in undergraduate research at IU.

  • Welcome Week Block Party Concert and Carnival

    August 20
    Enjoy an evening of music and fun before classes start.

  • Rachael's First Week

    Learn Rachael’s story, and explore your willingness to step up and help a friend—or even a stranger—in need.

  • Students play games at Wells Library


    Come see the Indiana classic film, Hoosiers, at the historic Buskirk-Chumley Theater.