Summer Orientation Program moves online through July 2020

As you begin your college experience, the University of Iowa Orientation Team welcomes you to the Hawkeye family! While this has not been a typical spring on campus, nor in the lives of our incoming students and families, the UI remains committed to continuing to provide students with a world-class educational experience during this difficult time. This includes our incoming students and their families. Your Hawkeye family is here for you, and we will face these challenges together. 

Here are some things you need to know about orientation and registration:

  • Due to COVID-19 safety precautions, the University of Iowa has made the difficult decision to transition to online orientation and registration programs and services through the end of July 2020. In-person programs scheduled for May, June, and July to register for summer and fall courses will transition to an online format. While we know our future Hawkeyes and their families looked forward to an on-campus experience, please rest assured you will receive the support you need to succeed through this virtual experience. We currently plan to hold programs scheduled for August on campus.
  • Students who have paid the acceptance fee and answered the health insurance question on their Admissions Profile in MyUI are eligible to sign up for orientation.
  • No overnight accommodations will be available in the residence halls.
  • The Success at Iowa online course opened on May 1, 2020 and is the first step in the online orientation experience for new students. Students will also complete action items in the Orientation Tile on MyUI. This tile will open at noon on May 11. The Success at Iowa course and the Orientation Tile action items will walk students through requirements step by step. All of these items will need to be completed at least 7 days prior to a student's orientation date. Course Registration will occur on a student's orientation date virtually with an academic advisor. Students only need to be available on their orientation date during the advising and registration appointment. Students will choose this block of time approximately 7 days prior to their date, once they have completed all of the required steps. 
  • There will be additional opportunities for new students and their families to connect virtually with other students and with faculty and staff throughout the summer. A full schedule of events will be available in May on the Orientation website.

While it is disappointing to not be able to welcome you to campus this summer, we look forward to our incoming class of Hawkeyes joining us for the On Iowa! program August 18-23, 2020

Frequently Asked Questions:

I am a first-year student signed up for a two-day orientation program.  Do I need to be available for orientation both days?
Can I be put on a waiting list for a different orientation date?
Are there any programs on the weekend?
I don’t have access to reliable Wi-Fi at home. How can I complete Orientation?
I’ve heard information about the Success at Iowa online course. When will it start?
Are there ways for me to get to know other new students before coming to campus in the fall?
What is On Iowa?
When will I be able to register for classes?
Can my parents or family members attend my advising appointment with me?
What score do I need for a specific math/chemistry class?
Can I change my major after I sign up for Orientation?
My high school hasn’t sent their transcript, what should I do?
I am a recruited student athlete.  When do I meet with my athletic advisor?
Can students stay overnight in the residence hall this summer?
Is there a virtual tour option for residence hall rooms?
Can I buy football and/or men's basketball tickets?
I would like to join a fraternity/sorority – will I do that at orientation?
How can I get involved in a student organization?
How will Hawkeye Marching Band auditions be conducted?
Will there be information sessions provided for parents and families?
Are parents required to attend orientation?
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s the Sibling Program canceled?
Will changing my student’s major affect their Orientation date?
My student was planning on meeting their roommate at orientation, how can they meet?

Will classes be starting as usual in the fall? Will my student still be able to live in the residence halls?
Can we come to campus for a tour this summer?
What should I purchase before classes start?

I am a first-year student signed up for a two-day orientation program.  Do I need to be available for orientation both days?
Orientation Services will assign your advising/registration date as one of the two dates you are currently signed up for and communicate this via email and your Admissions Profile. You will not need to be available for the other date. Please hold both dates on your calendar until you receive your advising/ registration date confirmation via email.
 

Can I be put on a waiting list for a different orientation date?
Reservations are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. We do not offer a waiting list at this time; however, students may make changes to their orientation program online until May 11, through their Admissions Profile.  If you would like to change your orientation date, log on to your Admissions Profile in order to view programs that currently have space available.
 

Are there any programs on the weekend?
The virtual components of orientation can be reviewed at any time, as long as you have access to the internet.  Virtual advising appointments (where you will meet with your academic advisor and complete registration for classes) will take place Monday – Friday.
 

I don’t have access to reliable Wi-Fi at home. How can I complete Orientation?
Please contact Orientation Services via email at orientation@uiowa.edu or by phone (319-335-1497) to request alternate accommodations if you do not have access to reliable internet.
 

I’ve heard information about the Success at Iowa online course. When will it start?
Success at Iowa is required for all new students and is an important component of the orientation experience. The course will open on May 1, 2020. Due to the move to online orientation and registration, there will be additional content that you will need to review prior to meeting virtually with your advisor to register for classes.
 

Are there ways for me to get to know other new students before coming to campus in the fall?
Yes! Orientation Leaders will be facilitating opportunities for new students to make connections with each other. Keep an eye on your UI email account for more information and follow @UIOrientation on Instagram and Facebook!
 

What is On Iowa?
On Iowa! is a welcome week before the start of fall classes, which concludes your orientation experience. There are over one hundred events to help you get acquainted to campus, learn traditions and expectations, and get ready for life as a Hawkeye. You will meet other new students and connect with a leader who can serve as a resource for you. Please visit this page to learn more about On Iowa!
 

When will I be able to register for classes?
If you are currently signed up for a 2-day on campus program, Orientation Services will assign your advising date as one of the two dates you are signed up for and communicate this via email and your Admissions Profile. You will not need to be available for the other date. You will be able to schedule an advising/registration time on your assigned date once you have completed online components of orientation closer to your date.
 

Can my parents or family members attend my advising appointment with me?
Orientation is the start of your college experience and the relationship with your advisor. It is best experienced between you and your advisor. You can discuss your class schedule with parents or family members before or after the appointment, but the actual appointment should just be you and your advisor. 
 

What score do I need for a specific math/chemistry class?
During your virtual academic advising appointment, your academic advisor will spend time with you discussing your placement into math and chemistry classes.  The course(s) that you may need to take and the corresponding placement test score are relative and depend on your unique situation including your major, career path and any coursework that you may be transferring in from another institution.
More information about placement testing can be found on this page of our website.
 

Can I change my major after I sign up for Orientation?
Changing your major after you have registered for an orientation program may change the conversation you have with your advisor and the courses you will enroll in for the fall semester.  We recommend that you change your major before orientation.  You’ll be working with an advisor who specializes in your chosen program of study, so if you plan to change your major, please do so as soon as possible.
 

My high school hasn’t sent their transcript, what should I do?
If you have a paper or electronic copy of your most recent high school transcript, please have it ready for your virtual advising appointment.   The University of Iowa must still receive a final, official transcript from your high school prior to the start of the semester. It is also helpful to have a list of any transfer coursework (classes you’ve taken at another college or university), dual enrollment coursework (classes you took in high school and received credit for through a college or university), Advanced Placement (AP) test scores, College Level Examination Program (CLEP) scores or International Baccalaureate (IB) scores or coursework with you during your virtual advising appointment.
 

I am a recruited student athlete.  When do I meet with my athletic advisor?
Recruited student athletes have the opportunity to meet with staff from the office of Student Athlete Academic Services.  All student athletes should be in contact with their athletic advisor throughout the summer.
 

Can students stay overnight in the residence hall this summer?
Due to the decision to move on-campus orientation to a virtual format for 2020, there are no options to stay overnight in the residence halls.
 

Is there a virtual tour option for residence hall rooms?
Photos, floor plans, and virtual tours of the residence halls are available on the University Housing website.
 

Can I buy football and/or men's basketball tickets?
Yes! Students can login to HawkeyeSports.com with their HawkID and password to purchase season tickets starting in June.
 

I would like to join a fraternity/ sorority – will I do that at orientation?
Students interested in fraternity and sorority life can learn more about the communities, as well as how to join, at the Fraternity and Sorority Life website. Orientation Services will also host virtual information sessions this summer to help answer your questions about joining the fraternity & sorority community at Iowa.
 

How can I get involved in a student organization?
There will be opportunities to connect with student organizations at the beginning of the school year, including at On Iowa! and during the first few weeks of the semester. Keep an eye out for the Student Involvement Fair this fall, where you can learn about opportunities to get involved with student organizations, volunteering, sports clubs, and employment. For more information about student organizations, please visit the Student Engagement & Campus Programs website.
 

How will Hawkeye Marching Band auditions be conducted?
The Hawkeye Marching Band will hold brass and woodwind auditions during the same timeframe as the online orientation sessions (June through early July). These will now be conducted via recorded video submissions. For those interested in auditioning for the Hawkeye Drumline, our Summer Drumline Clinics will continue in a virtual format. For more information about video audition submission and Drumline Clinics, please visit the Hawkeye Marching Band auditions website. If you have specific questions regarding this year’s auditions, please email Dr. Eric Bush (eric-bush@uiowa.edu), director of the Hawkeye Marching Band, or call the band office: (319) 335-1635.
 

Will there be information sessions provided for parents and families?
Yes! We will offer virtual sessions for you to ask questions and learn about a variety of topics and campus resources including Financial Aid, Housing & Dining, student wellness and safety, technology, and much more. More information and a full schedule will be available in May on our website: newstudents.uiowa.edu.
 

Are parents required to attend orientation?
Unlike students, parents and families are not required to attend orientation. However, we hope you take advantage of the many additional opportunities to connect virtually with other students and with staff throughout the summer. A full schedule of events will be available in May on our website.
 

Is the Sibling Program canceled?
Unfortunately, the Sibling Program will be canceled for this summer and will not be replicated virtually.
 

Will changing my student’s major affect their Orientation date?
If a student changes their major after they have registered for an orientation program, it could require a change in their orientation program date.  We recommend that your student changes their major before they sign up for orientation.  Your student will be working with an advisor who specializes in your student’s chosen program of study, so if they plan to change their major, please encourage your student to do so before they register for orientation.
 

My student was planning on meeting their roommate at orientation, how can they meet?
We encourage students to connect with their roommate(s) over the summer via email, phone, and/ or social media! It is a good idea to have a discussion in advance of move-in about which items each roommate will plan to bring to the room.
 

Will classes be starting as usual in the fall? Will my student still be able to live in the residence halls?
The first day of classes is Monday, August 24, 2020. Students will be assigned a move-in date for the week of August 17. Questions about move-in can be directed to University Housing & Dining.
 

Can we come to campus for a tour this summer?
There will only be virtual campus tour options until the State of Iowa and the Iowa Board of Regents lift the restrictions on in-person gatherings put in place to help prevent the spread of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Please contact the Office of Admissions if you’d like to join a virtual Iowa Information session, or visit their YouTube page to check out other videos and campus highlights. We will provide in-person campus tour options during On Iowa! in August.
 

What should I purchase before classes start?
We will host many virtual sessions this summer for you to learn about topics like purchasing a laptop, preparing for what to bring to your residence hall room, and ordering textbooks.