Your first year on campus starts here

Your first year at the University of Iowa starts right now! Sure, you may not begin classes until the end of August, but what you do over the next few months 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

The New Student 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


  • May-August: Attend orientation if starting in the summer/fall 2017 semester.
  • May 31: Deadline to apply for housing (Questions: Contact UH&D Contracts and Assignments: 319-335-3000 or housing.uiowa.edu). Students looking to apply June 1-August 12 will be placed on a wait list and offered housing as space allows.
  • June-August: Receive your residence hall housing assignment and move-in instructions from University Housing. Notifications begin in June and continue through the semester. 
  • June-July: Download the General Student Requirements Form for your physician to complete. This includes proof of measles, mumps, and rubella immunity, which is required of all students. 
  • July 1: Official test scores and high school (and any college you have attended) transcripts are due by this date. (Questions? Admissions, 319-335-3847).
  • August 1: Your first u-bill is posted on MyUI. Payment is due by August 24th. (Questions? Billing Office, 319-335-0071).
  • August 13: Early residence hall move-in: you'll have to pay a daily rate of $45 per day until your contract begins. This fee includes meals as well. (Questions? Residence Education, 319-335-3700).
  • August 15-17: Residence hall move-in: you will receive your move-in date and time with your housing assignment.
  • August 15-17: Attend On Iowa! Pre-Program optional night and day events.
  • August 18-20: Attend the On Iowa! Program, your official Hawkeye community welcome. 
  • August 21: Classes begin.
  • December/January: Attend orientation if starting in the spring 2018 semester.