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


  • ​​November-December: 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.
  • Late November 2018: The housing application portal will open for admitted students. The housing application will stay open as space is available.
  • December 1: Begin the Success at Iowa online course through Iowa Courses Online (ICON) if starting at Iowa in the spring 2019 semester.
  • December/January: Attend orientation if starting at Iowa in the spring 2019 semester.
  • Late December 2018 - Early January 2019: Housing contracts and assignment notices emailed to students in early January.
  • February 15: Deadline to complete all 5 Stages and the course evaluation in the Success at Iowa online course.