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

Winter/Spring Dates

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

December - January: 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:

January 2: Your first bill is posted on MyUI. Payment is due by January 23. (Billing Office, 319-335-0071).

January 21: First Day of classes.

January 21: Attend the New Hawkeye Welcome Event (dinner and program). 4:30 pm in the Main Lounge, Iowa Memorial Union.

Housing Dates

January 3: Preferred application deadline for on-campus living.  Students needing housing after this date, contact University Housing and Dining at 319-335-3000.

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