Your first year on campus starts here

Your first year at the University of Iowa starts right now! Sure, you may not begin classes for a couple more weeks, but what you do over them will lay the foundation for your whole Iowa experience. We want you to get involved—and to feel like part of the Hawkeye family—right from the start.

Essential information for new students

This website offers essential information for every newly admitted undergraduate student, plus a guide to the resources that will help you succeed throughout your first-year on campus. It connects you with everything you need to know about orientation and transitioning into the University of Iowa. 

Upcoming Important Dates

Summer Dates

By July 1: Send final transcripts from any colleges you have attended to the Office of Admissions (319-335-1533).

June–July: The UI requires documentation of (2) Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) vaccinations in order for students to register for their second semester courses. Please follow the submission instructions on the Student Health website:

August 1: Your first bill is posted on MyUI. Payment is due by August 28. (Billing Office, 319-335-0071)

August 20–22: Attend On Iowa! Pre-Program optional night and day events.

August 23–25: Attend the On Iowa! core Program, your official Hawkeye community welcome.

August 26: First Day of classes

Housing Dates

June–August: Receive your official room assignment and meal plan contract with move-in instructions from University Housing & Dining. Notifications continue throughout the summer.

August 18: Early residence hall move-in; you’ll have to pay a daily rate of $45 per day until your contract begins. (Questions? University Housing & Dining, 319-335-3000).

August 20 – 22: Residence hall move-in; you will receive your move-in date and time with your housing assignment.

Off-Campus Living: For information on off-campus housing, visit: