Arrival time

Two-day programs occur in June and July. If you are a first-year student attending orientation in August, please change your selection on the home page for Semester (Date Attending) for Orientation to see the correct agenda.

Checking in

Check-in for programs in June and July for students and families occurs from 11:00 am - 12:30 pm in the Iowa Memorial Union. The program begins at 1:00 pm. An overview of the student and family and guest orientation schedules are listed below.

Please note that attendance for students through the entire program is required in order to be able to register for classes on day two. The program for families and guests is optional. 

Student Program Agenda

Day One

Time Activity

11:00 am-12:30 pm

Check-in at the Iowa Memorial Union (IMU)

Lunch (on your own)

Campus Walking Tours (Optional)

1:00-1:45 pm

Welcome and Introduction to Orientation, 2nd Floor Ballroom, IMU

1:45-2:15 pm

Getting Started at Orientation

2:15-4:15 pm

Explore Iowa and the Iowa Challenge 
(learn about student expectations and campus with your small group and Hawkeye Guide)

Sessions to attend with your Family:

4:15-5:00 pm

Introduction to Academics, Various locations, IMU

Students and families will meet with their colleges to learn about degree requirements and what students can expect when they meet with their advisors on day 2.

Optional Sessions:

5:00 pm

Dinner (on your own)

Check-in for overnight accommodations in Stanley Residence Hall

5:15-5:45 pm

Student Disability Services Meeting

5:15-6:00 pm

Center for Diversity and Enrichment: Welcome & Information Session

(Advantage Iowa Scholars and students receiving military benefits are required to attend this meeting)

6:15-7:00 pm

Honors Orientation Meeting (for students who have accepted Honors) 

7:30-8:00 pm


Go Hawks! Go Greek! Fraternity and Sorority Life at Iowa

This session will be repeated on day 2 for families during Interest Session III 

Evening Activities for Students

8:00-11:00 pm

Late Night at the Campus Rec and Wellness Center (CRWC)

Late Night in the Residence Halls, Carnival Room, Burge

Day Two

Time Activity

7:15-8:15 am

Check-out of Stanley Residence Hall

7:30-8:30 am

World Language Placement Tests (Russian, Chinese, Japanese, Latin, Ancient Greek),
Minnesota Room, 3rd Floor, IMU

8:00-8:30 am

Continental breakfast provided, 1st Floor, IMU

8:30-9:00 am

Getting Started Small Group Meetings, Various Campus Locations

9:05 am-12:00 pm

Small Group Meetings, Exploring the Curriculum and meeting your advisor,
Various Campus Locations

12:00-1:15 pm

Lunch provided for students, Various Campus Locations

1:15-3:15 pm

Small Group Meetings, Registration & Wrap-Up, Various Campus Locations

2:15-3:45 pm

Iowa Information Fair, Main Lounge, 1st Floor, IMU

3:00-4:30 pm

Hawkeye Marching Band Auditions (Optional Session): 4306 Voxman Music Building
Please contact Kathy Ford at 319-335-1635 or with questions.

3:00-4:30 pm

Residence Hall Tours (Optional)

East Side Residence Halls

West Side Residence Halls

Mayflower Residence Hall