Online Orientation Information Sessions (register below):

Welcome to online orientation! These interactive webinars and sessions will allow students, parents, and families to learn more about the offices, resources, and opportunities available for new Hawkeyes. Join us throughout June and July for these sessions which will include detailed information, question and answer sessions, and opportunities to engage with staff and current students. All are welcome in the sessions, although there are some sessions for specific audiences - find these under the headings labeled Just for Students and Just for Parents and Families below.

Sessions are listed by topic area and are offered on multiple dates and times throughout the summer to accommodate varying schedules. Register for sessions by clicking on the link of the date you wish to attend. You will receive an email with the Zoom link and reminders prior to the sessions to participate. You will also be able to find past recorded sessions on the Orientation YouTube site, linked next to the session once they have been uploaded.

Please note that times listed are Central Standard Time Zone (CST).

Topic Areas:

Academics, Advising and Honors
Campus Opportunities, Involvement, and Student Life
Financial Aid, Billing, Student Employment, and Banking
Housing and Dining
Just for Students
Just for Parents and Families
Parking and Transportation
Tech and Textbooks
Wellness and Safety

Academics, Advising, and Honors

Title Description Date and Time / Registration Link to Recorded Sessions
Introduction to Academic Advising for Parents and Families

This session is intended for parents/ families of students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (including Open majors and students in a ‘pre’ status who intend to apply to one of the other colleges).  Your student can find their college in the Orientation tile in MyUI.
During this session, administrators from the Academic Advising Center will provide an overview of how academic advising will work for your student during orientation and throughout their first year. Other topics include:  What goes into the first semester schedule, first-year opportunities available to your student, the major exploration process, and ways in which we will support your student. There will be time for Q&A.

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Excel Toward Academic Success
Excelling academically requires focusing on behaviors in all aspects of your life, including developing effective study habits, building a network of support, and tapping into resources - both on and off campus! This session will be interactive and is designed to help you learn about what you can do as you transition to the Hawkeye family to meet your academic goals.
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Honors Program information session
Honors Program Staff will begin by highlighting key aspects of the University Honors first year student curriculum and then a panel of Honors Student Orientation Leaders will relate their experiences with honors classes and experiential learning. An interactive Q & A session will follow.
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Student Disability Services
Student Disability Services is the office on campus that assists undergraduate students in obtaining academic accommodations in the classroom. Students who had a 504 plan or an IEP in high school or are just interested in how academic accommodations work in college should plan on attending this session. Arranging academic accommodations in college is much different than it was in high school. This session will explore those differences and provide an outline for the process.   View Session Slideshow: PDF icon2020 SDS Presentation

Career Advising:

Pomerantz Career Center: The Competitive Edge
What does the Career Center do to help students navigate their career paths in today’s global workforce and economy? Learn how you can help your student plan the best career path possible. Understand your role during the first year on campus and in future years as your student works to gain a competitive edge. The sooner students visit the Career Center, the more resources they can take advantage of while at Iowa—waiting until senior year is simply not an option anymore. At this session, find out why your student should visit us early and often!   View recorded session:
Career and Leadership Courses

Explore careers and develop the skills employers are seeking! The Career Center offers over two dozen courses in career, leadership, and professional development topics to enhance your success at Iowa and beyond. 

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Pomerantz Career Center:
So What Do You Want To Do When You Grow Up?

Feeling overwhelmed about picking a major and thinking about occupations? Learn how the Pomerantz Career Center can help students explore their skills and interests in considering career options and making informed choices!

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Career Center 101 for First Year & Transfer Students

In this session, learn how first-year and transfer students can interact with the Pomerantz Career Center their first semester on campus. We’ll identify and discuss the Top 5 things students can do to get started on their career journey!   

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Pomerantz Career Center:
All About Internships

Join us as we address what internships are, how the Pomerantz Career Center can help students land one, and learn what students can be doing now to prepare.   

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Pomerantz Career Center:
Connecting Students with Employers

More than 600 organizations actively recruit on campus at the University of Iowa. Learn how we make connections with employers that lead to opportunities for students!

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Pomerantz Career Center:
Where Hawkeye Grads Go

Learn about what recent UI graduates do upon graduation. We will look at overall placement statistics and dive deeper into various aspects concerning Hawkeye employment and continuing education.

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Engineering Career Services: Begin with the End in Mind

Engineering is a challenging and rewarding career that allows students to use their creativity, work with people, solve problems, and make a difference in the world. Though there is great demand for engineers, students need to seek out experiences early on to build their skills and differentiate themselves to remain competitive in a global economy. Learn about careers in engineering and the resources available through Engineering Career Services to help students make connections and develop life-long professional skills.


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Campus Opportunities, Involvement, and Student Life

Title Description Date and Time / Registration Link to Recorded Sessions
Center for Diversity and Enrichment
The Center for Diversity and Enrichment (CDE) provides a welcoming and inclusive environment for all students. CDE services focus on students with marginalized identities and we offer opportunities for engagement through  individualized  academic  and personal  support, programming, mentoring, and scholarship administration. CDE services and programming enrich the campus experience of racially and ethnically diverse students, veterans and their dependents, first generation college students, students who identify as members of the LGBTQ community, students with disabilities, and low-income students. This session also will provide information about resources  and opportunities available through Multicultural and International Student Support and Engagement.   View CDE session here

Fraternity and Sorority Life at Iowa
The fraternity and sorority experience can be one of the most exciting and beneficial opportunities for students at the University of Iowa. Fraternity and Sorority Life provides many ways to become involved in activities that will help students build friendships, find a home away from home, and enhance their personal development. Come find out how students can join this exciting community!

Everything Recreational Services
You already know that staying active is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle, but did you know that studies show students who make use of recreation centers and programs earn better grades? At Iowa, we take recreation (and education) very seriously! Learn about recreation facilities, including the award-winning Campus Recreation and Wellness Center (CRWC), and opportunities like intramurals, sport clubs, group fitness classes, outdoor recreation, and much more.

Learn more about Recreational Services and their facilities here.
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Discover Study Abroad
Its never too early to start thinking about study abroad - even during orientation! Studying abroad can help students gain maturity, independence, a broad worldview, and many practical skills to apply in a global workplace.

Financial aid and scholarships are available especially for students who are planning early. In this session, Study Abroad staff will talk about how your student can make this valuable college experience a reality and they ways that families can support students through the planning process, while abroad, and after they return to the US.
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Veterans and Military Affiliated Information Session
Learn about educational benefits and support services offered by Iowa Veteran Education, Transition, and Support. You will discover how to become involved in the student Veterans Association, as well as campus and community resources for veterans, dependents, and their family members. Students receiving GI Bill education benefits will be able to ask question to our GI Bill Certifying Officials.    View recorded session:

Financial Aid, Billing, Student Employment, and Banking

Title Description Date and Time / Registration Link to Recorded Sessions
Money Matters
Staff from the University Billing Office will provide information about the university billing process, payment options, application of financial aid to the bill, and refunding excess aid funds. In addition, staff from the Office of Student Financial Aid will provide information on types of financial aid, the aid application process, and how to utilize the MyUI Financial Aid To-Do List.

For additional information regarding financial aid and billing, please visit the following sites:
Financial Aid Website:
Billing Website:
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 PDF iconMoney Matters 2020

Student Employment and Financial Literacy:
Helping your dollars make sense
Empower your college student with this informative session about student employment and financial literacy skills. Staff from the Pomerantz Career Center and the Office of Student Financial Aid will discuss the many benefits of campus employment, as well as UI financial education resources available to all students. Topics will include Handshake,employment misconceptions, loan counseling, and budgeting tools.
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Hills Bank

As the official bank on campus, Hills Bank is excited to welcome you to Iowa City. Why would you need a bank on campus? Check out the top reasons here.

We offer benefits with UI students in mind.

  • Fast Money Transfers:  Get funds fast with Xpress Transfer, and your parents won’t pay fees to send you cash!
  • HERE by Hills Bank appDownload this app before you come to campus and a banker will open your free UI Student Checking account (and add your $25 bonus) for you.
  • Financial Advice from Local Experts: Our bankers are well-versed in helping students like you navigate financial services, offer advice, and recommend options for managing your money during college.
  • Convenient Campus Locations: We have two offices on campus, with others nearby and a vast ATM network.
Visit for student videos and to learn more. Member FDIC  

Housing and Dining

Title Description Date and Time / Registration Link to Recorded Sessions

University Housing & Dining:
Selecting your Room and Meal Plan

Attend this webinar to learn more about the process for selecting your residence hall room and meal plan.

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University Housing & Dining:
Preparing to Live on Campus
What to expect in your new community and what to pack and not pack as you plan to move to Iowa City.   View recorded session:

University Housing & Dining:
Meal Plans and Dietary Accommodations
Join the University Dining Registered Dietitian and other staff to learn about meal plans, food options on campus, and dietary accommodations.    View recorded session:

Just for Students

Title Description Date and Time / Registration
Hawkeye Hangouts
Hawkeye Hangouts will be Zoom meetings led by Orientation Leaders and other current students who have experience with the topic. You can use these hangouts to explore things you might want to get involved with on campus and meet other incoming students who share similar interests. Advance registration is required. Campus Ministries:
Tuesday, June 2 - 3:00pm CST

Thursday, June 18 - 7:00pm CST

Tuesday, June 30 - 5:00pm CST
Hawkeyes from outside the Midwest:
Tuesday, June 2 - 6:00pm CST

Friday, June 19 - 2:00pm CST

Thursday, July 2 - 3:00pm CST
Study Abroad:
Wednesday, June 3 - 12:00pm CST

Wednesday, June 17 - 6:00pm CST
Getting involved on campus:
Wednesday, June 3 - 7:00pm CST

Tuesday, June 16 - 2:00pm CST

Wednesday, July 1 - 6:00pm CST
Getting involved with research:
Thursday, June 4 - 1:00pm CST

Wednesday, June 17 - 2:00pm CST
Fraternity & Sorority Life:
Thursday, June 4 - 6:00pm CST

Thursday, June 18 - 2:00pm CST

Monday, June 29 - 3:00pm CST
Hawkeye Marching Band:
Friday, June 5 - 2:00pm CST

Friday, June 19 - 4:00pm CST

Monday, June 29 - 1:00pm CST
First-Generation students:
Tuesday, June 30 - 2:00pm CST

Facts and Folklore Tour
View the Iowa Facts and Folklore interactive map. You’ll learn about the legends, history, folklore, and traditions of the University of Iowa as well as tips and tricks for navigating your new Hawkeye home! Take the Facts and Folklore Virtual Tour  

Just for Parents and Families

Title Description Date and Time / Registration Link to Recorded Sessions
A New Family Tradition: Supporting your First-Generation College Student
Being a first-generation college student often means families and students are learning about college together. Families and students are encouraged to attend this session together to:

• collect tips for how to support your student’s success in college
• hear from current first-generation students
• learn about services for first-generation students

The University of Iowa defines first-generation as when none of the student’s parent(s)/ legal guardian(s) has completed a bachelor’s degree.
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Letting Go:
Adjusting to your student being at college

Attending orientation signals that many changes are right around the corner for your student, your family, and you. Please join staff from the University Counseling Service in a discussion about this important life transition. This will be a time to address your concerns, and to get support and advice on how to prepare yourself for the changes ahead. Experienced parents and caregivers are welcome–come share your words of wisdom!

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We all have Mental Health: Lessons and tips to help your student have theirs

This informative, interactive, and fun program introduces you to issues of campus mental health and shares information about your role as “first line responders” in helping your student stay mentally healthy through their time at Iowa. This program provides useful and practical ideas for recognizing when your student is in true distress, how to connect with your student to access the abundance of campus resources, and ideas about keeping open communication when discussing confidential mental health information. While this program is directed at Parents and Families, this program is perfect for students to attend, too!

Presented by your friends at The University Counseling Service:

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Parent and Family Network

The UI Parent & Family Network helps keep you informed and connected to campus throughout your student’s time at Iowa. We serve as the hub for university-family communication and our website functions as a gateway to resources across campus. Here you can find information specifically designed to support parents and families on a wide array of topics including academics, health and safety, housing, student life, financial aid, and more. The Parent & Family Network also co-hosts a variety of events and programming throughout the year including Homecoming and Family Weekend.

Learn more about the Parent and Family Network  


Parent and Family Handbooks
Use these guide to discuss difficult topics with your student.

Talking with college students about Alcohol

Talking with your student about sexual assault and dating violence 


Parking and Transportation

Title Description Date and Time / Registration Link to Recorded Sessions
Parking on Campus
Join this session to learn about parking and CAMBUS on the University of Iowa campus. There will also be time for Parking & Transportation Q&A.    
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PDF iconParking and Transportation

Tech and Textbooks

Title Description Date and Time /
Link to Recorded Sessions
Technology at Iowa

Technology on campus is an integral part of the Iowa experience. During this information session, experts from Information Technology Services will answer your questions and explain how students can get the most out of technology resources on campus. Topics include: Available software (like FREE Microsoft Office!), video conferencing tools (like Zoom), internet options across campus, securing your accounts and data, how to get help with your devices, and much more.

View the PDF of our session slideshow: PDF iconTechnology at Iowa.

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Mobile Apps for Students
Download these 2 apps for Hawkeyes:

HawkTools - is a University of Iowa student-focused app that offers quick access to tools for success. Included in the app is the On Iowa! schedule for new students as well as information about residence halls, dining locations, ICON, MyUI, and more!

Rave Guardian - the Rave Guardian mobile app allows users to invite friends, family, or the Department of Public Safety to act as a virtual safety escort, or “guardian,” when they travel from one location to another on campus. Rave Guardian also features a panic button - which dials UI Police directly - and a texting option that gives those on campus the ability to text safety concerns to police anonymously
Hawk Tools:
ios download
andorid download

Learn more and Download Rave Guardian

Purchasing a Computer
The University of Iowa offers educational discounts on computers. The Hawk Shop is an Authorized Apple Campus Store and Service Center, which means that computers are offered at a significant discount, and can be serviced on campus. Similar to textbooks, computers are considered a course material, and are tax free when purchased through the University. Learn more at  

Purchasing or Renting Textbooks
Reserving textbooks through the Iowa Hawk Shop (the UI’s official bookstore) is the safest way to ensure you have the correct books on the first day of class. You will fill out a short survey in order to reserve your textbooks, which are prepared for you based on your class schedule
  • Your order will be fulfilled using the most cost-effective materials available, including used books, rental books, and eBooks based on your preferences
  • Reservation can be canceled at any time without penalty.
  • Books are 100% returnable if not needed.
  • All course materials are guaranteed to be exactly what the instructor requires.
  • Course materials purchased through the University are tax free.
  • You have three options for receiving your textbook order:
    • Pick up at the Iowa Hawk Shop (located in the IMU)
    • Ship directly to your home
    • Delivered to your residence hall at no additional charge
Reserve your textbooks at  

Wellness and Safety

Title Description Date and Time / Registration Link to Recorded Sessions
Student Health 101
This webinar will provide information on where and how students can access healthcare while on the UI campus.    
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Safety on Campus

New students on campus experience so much change while transitioning into their new stage of life. Mixed in with all the excitement of college life, safety on campus is a common concern shared by both students and families. We hear stories on TV and in the news about incidents that occur on college campuses throughout the United States, but how safe is our college campus in reality? The University of Iowa Department of Public Safety will address issues of safety and crime.


Talk it Out:
Difficult Conversations

College is a time of transition for students and families. One challenging aspect of this transition can be having conversations regarding difficult situations students may encounter. During this session, University of Iowa campus partners will share strategies for students and families to engage in difficult conversations about alcohol, sexual assault, and other aspects of college life that can impact a student’s ability to be successful. 

As a new student or family member of a new student, everyone has a significant role in ensuring that all students can be safe and successful. The University of Iowa is committed to partnering with students and their families to support a healthy, safe, and vibrant experience for all Hawkeyes.

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