2022 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! 

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

  • 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 spring semester orientation starting Monday, March 21, 2022 at 9:00 am.
  • Students will complete orientation in 2 parts. 
    • Part 1: Online orientation, academic advising, and course registration.
    • Part 2: Becoming a Hawkeye on campus, 1-day program to learn about resources, explore campus and Iowa City, and meet fellow Hawkeyes.
  • No overnight accommodations will be available in the residence halls.
  • The Success at Iowa online course will open on August 8, 2022. You will learn more about this required course 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! welcome program will be held on campus August 15-21,  2022

Frequently Asked Questions:

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 spring?
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 for orientation?
Is there a virtual tour option for residence hall rooms?
Can I buy athletic tickets?
I would like to join a fraternity/sorority – will I do that at orientation?
How can I get involved in a student organization?
Will there be information sessions provided for parents and families?
Are parents required to attend orientation?
Will changing my student’s major affect their virtual Orientation date?
My student was hoping to meet their roommate at orientation, how can they meet?

When do classes start?
Can we come to campus for a tour?
What should I purchase before classes start?

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,  you can login to the orientation reservation site through the Admissions Profile or 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 advising appointment (where you will meet with your academic advisor and complete registration for classes) will take place Monday – Friday. The Becoming a Hawkeye programs will be offered Monday - Friday in June and July. 
 

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 8, 2022. 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?
Yes! Orientation Leaders will be facilitating opportunities for new students to make connections with each other both virtually and in-person during the Becoming a Hawkeye days. 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 classes, which concludes your orientation experience. There are many 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. Learn more about On Iowa!
 

When will I be able to register for classes?
You will register with your academic advisor during your virtual academic advising appointment. When you complete your orientation reservation, you will select a week for this appointment. About 7 days prior to that week, you will choose the actual date and time on your advisor's schedule. This appointment will take up to an hour.  
 

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. Learn more about placement testing.
 

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 can change your major up to 2 weeks before your orientation week. 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 or college 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 for orientation?
There are no options to stay overnight in the residence halls during orientation this summer.
 

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 athletic 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
 

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, 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.
 
 

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. We also invite parents to attend the Becoming a Hawkeye days in June and July. There will be a separate parent track during these on campus orientation programs.  
 

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 or in-person with other students and staff before the semester begins. 
 

Will changing my student’s major affect their online Orientation date?
If a student changes their major after they have registered for their online orientation program, it could require a change in their orientation program date, as course registration does rely on advisor availability. 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 hoping to meet their roommate at orientation, how can they meet?
Students may be able to meet up during the Becoming a Hawkeye programs in June or July. We also encourage students to connect with their roommate(s) before the semester 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.
 

When do classes start? 
The first day of classes for the fall semester is Monday, August 22, 2022. Questions about move-in can be directed to University Housing & Dining.
 

Can we come to campus for a tour?
Please contact the Office of Admissions if you’d like to schedule a visit, or visit their YouTube page to check out videos and campus highlights. We will also provide in-person campus tour options during the Becoming a Hawkeye days in June and July and during On Iowa! in August.
 

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