Online Summer and Fall Orientation/Registration Programs

As you begin your college experience, the University of Iowa Orientation Team welcomes you to the Hawkeye family! The UI remains committed to continuing to provide students with a world-class educational experience during this virtual time. This includes our incoming students and their families.

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

  • Due to COVID-19 safety precautions, the University of Iowa will offer online orientation and registration programs and services for summer 2021.
  • 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 starting April 1, 2021 at 9:00 am.
  • No overnight accommodations will be available in the residence halls.
  • The Success at Iowa online course will open on August 9, 2021. You will learn more about this course required of all new students during your orientation program.
  • 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.
     
  • The On Iowa! program will be held on campus August 17-22, 2021

Frequently Asked Questions:

My orientation program is two days. Do I need to attend 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?

My orientation program is two days. Do I need to be attend both days?
Yes. On the first day, you will attend a virtual small group session with your peers, led by an Orientation Leader. This will prepare you for advising and registration, which will take place on the second day. You will receive email communication about the specific time frame on both days that you need to be available (approximately 2-3 hours on day 1 and 1 hour on day 2).
 

Can I be put on a waiting list for a different orientation date?
Reservations are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. We do not offer a waiting list at this time. If you would like to change your orientation date, please call Orientation Services at 319-335-1497.
 

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.  The virtual small groups and virtual advising appointment (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 August 9, 2021. You will learn more about the course during your orientation program.
 

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?
You will register on day 2 of your orientation program (as long as you attend the first day).
 

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 signing up for 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. If you have already signed up for orientation and need to change your major, please contact Orientation Services at 319-335-1497.
 

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 virtual format for 2021, 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. View instructional video here.
 

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 23, 2021. Students will be assigned a move-in date for the week of August 16. Questions about move-in can be directed to University Housing & Dining.
 

Can we come to campus for a tour this summer?
Please contact the Office of Admissions if you’d like to join a virtual Iowa Information session or on-campus tour (space is limited), 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.