Your first year on campus starts here

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

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 and beyond. It connects you with everything you need to know about orientation and transitioning into the University of Iowa. 

Upcoming Important Dates

Winter / Spring Dates

Starting November 14: Complete online orientation through the Orientation Tile in MyUI. All new students who have signed up for an orientation program date can begin the tile in November. Students will select their advising and registration appointment approximately 1 week prior to their orientation program dates. 

As soon as possible: Send final transcripts from any colleges you have attended to the Office of Admissions (319-335-1533).

January 1: Your first bill is posted on MyUI. Payment is due by January 23. (Billing Office, 319-335-0071).

January 3: The Success at Iowa online course (CSI:1600) for all new students opens on Iowa Courses Online (ICON). Students should begin this course before the first day of class.

January 15: On Iowa! Spring Welcome event for new students

January 17: First day of classes and new student information fair held in the Iowa Memorial Union

By March: 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: