Welcome to Orientation

How to Prepare

Check-in for Becoming a Hawkeye occurs in the Iowa Memorial Union. Parking is available across from the Iowa Memorial Union on Madison Street in the Iowa Memorial Union Parking Garage or the North Campus Parking Garage, located at the North end of Madison Street (behind Catlett Residence Hall). You will receive a voucher for free parking at check-in to use when you leave the garage. At check-in, students and families will receive the agenda for the day along with some Hawkeye gear and materials. Lunch is provided for everyone. Students and families should plan to wear comfortable walking shoes and bring an umbrella or rain gear in case of inclement weather.

What to Bring

Please bring your student HawkID and password along with a copy of the confirmation email to the Becoming a Hawkeye day. If you uploaded a picture in advance for your Iowa One Card, you can pick up your card during the Becoming a Hawkeye day. Please bring a valid, government-issued photo ID, such as a driver’s license or passport, to obtain your Iowa One Card.

Herky with student

Program Schedule

8:30 a.m. Check-in Opens; Hubbard Commons, IMU

8:30 - 9:15 a.m. Iowa Information Fair, Iowa One Card Pick-Up, and Continental Breakfast; International Ballroom, IMU

9:30 - 10:00 a.m. Welcome to Iowa for Students and Families; Main Lounge, IMU

10:10- 10:35 a.m. Academic Success at Iowa; Main Lounge, IMU

10:45 - 11:10 a.m. University Housing & Dining; Main Lounge, IMU and Living Off Campus, Iowa Theater, IMU

11:20 - 11:35 a.m. Understanding the University Billing Process; Main Lounge, IMU

11:35 - 11:50 a.m. Meet the Orientation Leader Staff; Main Lounge, IMU

Students dismissal to lunch and small groups.

(Student and Family lunch and afternoon sessions held separately.)

11:50 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. Just for Families- Student Panel; Main Lounge, IMU

Parent dismissal to lunch.

12:30 - 3:00 p.m. Student Small Groups with an Orientation Leader

1:35 - 2:00 p.m. Family Interest Session #1, IMU

2:05 - 2:30 p.m. Family Interest Session #2, IMU

2:35 - 3:00 p.m. Family Interest Session #3, IMU

3:05 - 3:15 p.m. Parents and students reconnect. 

3:15 - 4:30 p.m. Campus Office Meetings/  Marching Band Auditions/ Walk-in Hours at Campus Offices 

Special Accommodations

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Orientation Services in advance at (319) 335-1497