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/Fall Dates

May - July: Complete online orientation; meet your peers and work with your academic advisor to register for classes as part of the 2-day virtual program.

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

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

August 9: CSI:1600 Success at Iowa online course for all new students opens on Iowa Courses Online (ICON). Students should begin this course before the first day of class.

August 17-22: On Iowa! welcome week programming for new students

August 23: First Day of classes.

By October: 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:


Housing Dates

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

August 15: Early residence hall move-in: $35 daily rate until your contract begins. Questions? Contact University Housing & Dining 319-335-3000.

August 16-19: Residence hall move-in. You will select your move-in date and time in mid-July.

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