Iowa Orientation

Due to COVID-19 safety precautions, the University of Iowa will be hosting online orientation and registration programs for summer 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 and your family as you start your journey as a Hawkeye. Orientation is required for all new first-year and transfer, degree-seeking students in order to register for classes. We will introduce you to the people and systems that you need to be a successful student at Iowa and when you've completed orientation, you will have your first semester class schedule.

Students participating in summer online orientation programs will sign up for a 2-day experience. The first day will consist of a welcome and small group experience to prepare students for advising and registration. Meeting with your advisor and registering for classes will occur on the second day of your orientation program. Students must complete the orientation tile in MyUI prior to the first day of their orientation date. Students and families should also register to attend webinars throughout the summer to learn more about campus resources, meet 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 summer and fall semesters will open on Thursday, April 1 at 9:00 am

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.