Iowa Orientation

Due to COVID-19 safety precautions, the University of Iowa will be hosting online orientation and registration programs for the spring semester in December 2020 and January 2021. 
While we know our future Hawkeyes and their families look forward to an on-campus experience, please rest assured you will receive the support you need to succeed through this virtual experience. For Orientation COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), please visit


Welcome to the University of Iowa!

We look forward to working with you as you start your journey as a Hawkeye. Orientation is required for all new first-year and transfer, degree-seeking students and regardless of if you are joining us in a virtual or in-person format, we will introduce you to the people and systems that you need to be a successful student at Iowa.

Students participating in winter online orientation in December and January will need to complete the required steps at least 7 days prior to your orientation date. On your orientation date, you will have a virtual academic advising appointment and register for classes. You should also register to attend webinars throughout to learn more about campus resources, meet your classmates and current students, and interact with campus offices, staff and faculty. Learn more about the steps for completing online orientation.

After you have been admitted to Iowa and paid the $250 acceptance fee, you will be invited to go online through your Admissions Profile on MyUI to register for an orientation program. The orientation reservation system for spring semester will open on Thursday, October 15

Orientation reservations become available a few months before each new semester. You will only see program dates available to you based on your major and advisor availability.