Your first year starts here

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


  • 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.
  • December -January:  Attend orientation if starting in the Spring 2017 semesters.
  • December 19:  Deadline to apply for housing (Questions? Contact UH&D Contracts and Assignments:  319-335-3000 or housing.uiowa.edu)
  • December 30:  Receive your residence hall housing assignment and move-in instructions from University Housing. Notifications begin in December and continue into January.
  • January 1:  Official test scores and high school (and any college you have attended) transcripts are due by this date. (Questions? Admissions, 319-335-3847)
  • January 1:  Your first u-bill is posted on My UI. Payment is due by January 23rd. (Questions? Billing Office, 319-335-0071)
  • January 7:  Early residence hall move-in: you’ll have to pay a small daily rate of $45 per day until your contract begins. This fee includes meals as well. (Questions? Residence Education, 319-335-3700)
  • January 14:  Residence hall move-in: you will receive your move-in date and time with your housing assignment
  • January 17:  Classes begin