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New student orientation

Once you’re an official IU student, orientation is one of the first steps to get acquainted with your campus, meet other students, and get ready for your first day of classes. Here’s what to expect.

IU Bloomington students at orientation standing by a clock tower.

What happens at orientation?

Orientation is a little different at each campus, with unique events that showcase the spirit of your IU campus. All orientation experiences will include opportunities to:

  • Learn about your campus
    New student orientation usually includes information sessions to introduce you to your new campus, including important resources, events, and programs your campus offers to support you as a student.
  • Meet with your academic advisor
    Your advisor will work with you one-on-one to choose and register for classes, based on your interests, goals, academic requirements, and your high school coursework and/or college credits you may have earned.
  • Connect with other students
    Orientation is a great opportunity to connect with other students. At some IU campuses, virtual group events will give you a chance to meet new classmates and friends.

Questions? Contact the Admissions office on your IU campus.

Orientation by campus

See how to prepare for orientation on each campus. Be sure to make note of enrollment and registration deadlines on campus Admissions sites, linked in this section, and create your IU computing account to get started.

IU Bloomington

Sign up online once you’ve completed your intent to enroll.

IUPUI (becoming IU Indianapolis in July 2024)

Reserve your orientation spot to learn about life as a Jaguar.

IUPUC (becoming IU Columbus in July 2024)

First, complete your orientation Canvas module. Then you can sign up online for one of two options: a live new-student orientation or a self-guided orientation you can complete on your own schedule.

IU East

Get started by registering online for New Student Orientation.

IU Fort Wayne

Learn about new student orientation for Fall and Spring admits.

IU Kokomo

Register for new student orientation online.

IU Northwest

First complete Redhawk Ready, a self-paced, online course to introduce you to IU Northwest before new student orientation.


IU South Bend

First-time students are required to complete orientation.

IU Southeast

Register for New Student Orientation on a date that fits your schedule.

IU Online

Enroll in Online Student Onboarding. Our self-paced course introduces you to your virtual environment and support resources at IU Online.

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