Orientation Programs: How You Can Best Prepare

Hello Future Hawkeyes!

We hope you are all having an amazing end to your school year and start to the summer. Our Orientation staff has been busy preparing for your arrival, and we are so excited to meet and welcome you all to the University of Iowa! Orientation is one of your first college experiences and will allow you to explore campus, meet other incoming students, as well as pick out your first-semester class schedule. Additionally, you will be spending time in small groups led by a Hawkeye Guide where you will learn about academics, campus involvement, as well as the numerous resources available to you as a University of Iowa student. Below are a few tips to help you prepare for a successful Orientation program!

Before you Arrive

  • Upload your Iowa One Card photo through your Admissions Profile in MyUI. This way your official student ID card will be ready for pick-up the day you arrive for your program.
  • Complete part one of Success at Iowa, this can be done online through your ICON
  • To prepare for class registration, take any placement tests (mathematics, chemistry, and/or world languages) prior to your orientation date to ensure that your class registration goes smoothly. Additionally, you can begin thinking about your future and potential majors or careers that grab your attention, and any strengths, weaknesses, and relevant coursework, employment, or volunteer experiences that have influenced you.

What to Bring

  • Your HawkID and password for course registration.
  • Any AP, CLEP, IB, and Placement Test results so that your academic advisor can help you select your most suitable courses.
  • The letter you received confirming your orientation date and any overnight accommodations
  • A valid, government-issued photo ID (such as a driver’s license or passport) in order to obtain your Iowa One Card
  • Comfortable clothing and shoes – please dress for the weather as there will be plenty of outside walking and Iowa summers can be hot and humid
  • Consider bringing a light jacket or sweater for air-conditioned buildings
  • Water bottle to stay hydrated
  • An umbrella or rain gear
  • Gym clothes and/or swimming apparel if you would like to take part in our late-night programming in the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center (CRWC).
  • If you stay overnight in the residence halls, you will be given sheets, a bedspread, towels, a washcloth, and a pillow. However, please feel free to bring your own pillows or blankets if that helps you sleep better.
  • Toiletries and shower shoes if you plan on showering in the residence halls.
  • A positive and open mindset! 🙂 Orientation can be a nerve-racking time for many students, but having this mindset allows you to take full advantage of your experience and gives you the ability to really get to know your peers and the campus!

Communication is Key

  • Keep your parents, family, and friends in the loop and consider sharing your expectations for college with each other on your way to (or from!) your orientation program.
  • Take photos during your orientation program and share them on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. If you use our hashtag #UIOrientation during your program, you will be entered in to win a Hawk Shop gift card! (Make sure your account is public so that we can see the post!)
  • Make sure to follow our Facebook Page: University of Iowa Orientation Services for updates and pictures throughout the summer: facebook.com/uiorientation.
  • As always, if you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact our office via phone at 319-335-1497, via our Facebook page direct message, or via email at orientation@uiowa.edu.

We can’t wait to see you all on campus and hope you have found these tips helpful!  If you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact our office via phone at 319-335-1497, via our Facebook page direct message, or via email at orientation@uiowa.edu.

As always – On Iowa! Go Hawks!

Molly Hovden
Social Media Coordinator
UI Orientation Services

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