New Student Orientation for Undergraduate Students

If you will pursue a bachelor's degree at IU, this information is for you.

Getting off to a great start at IU includes attending New Student Orientation. It’s where the Office of First Year Experience (FYE) and OIS help 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.

At New Student Orientation, you’ll meet with an academic advisor, take the Indiana English Proficiency Exam, 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.

You also need to complete an online orientation before you arrive. Learn more »

Check your iStart checklist and IU email for important information and updates.

Orientation for Parents

Your parents or guardians are welcome to attend orientation with you. We have a full week of events planned specifically for them. View the schedule »

What to Bring to Orientation

We will need a number of documents to facilitate the orientation process. Please bring the following items to Orientation:

  • Your passport
  • Your visa stamp
  • Your I-94 card
  • All original I-20s or DS-2019s (bring documents from previous U.S. schools as well)
  • Final, official copies of your academic records and degree certificates or diplomas (these all must bear the stamp or seal of the issuing institution). You are not required to bring your final academic records if your school is planning on sending them to our office.

Temporary arrival housing will be available during orientation. However, if you are planning to live on campus during the academic year, it is critical that you complete a housing contract as soon as possible. Learn more.

Orientation for Graduate Students

If you will pursue a masters or doctorate degree or an artist or performer diploma, this information is for you.

Most graduate departments have an orientation program for new students. Check with your department to determine if/when there will be an orientation.

You also need to complete the online orientation before you arrive. Learn more »

Orientation Fee

All international graduate students pay an international orientation fee that is automatically charged to your Bursar account at the beginning of the semester. The Office of the Bursar posts the current student fees for each semester. International Graduate Orientation is under miscellaneous fees.