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Let’s prepare you for orientation, step by step

Orientation will help you navigate campus, start your classes, and make a seamless transition to IU Indianapolis.

Questions? We’ve got you covered.

Find answers to your top questions about orientation at IU Indianapolis.

What is orientation and how do I start?

IU orientation is a personalized introduction to campus tailored to you and your interests.

Who attends undergraduate orientation?

Students who are attending college for the first time or are transferring as an undergraduate student to IU Indianapolis attend new student orientation. Students who are returning to IU Indianapolis after some time away or who are only taking classes without pursuing a degree do not attend.

Is there an orientation for graduate and professional students?

It depends on the program. All graduate and professional students should complete the online onboarding course. Some graduate and professional programs will host their own orientations. Students should watch their email for those details. Graduate and professional students do not participate in an undergraduate orientation program.

Is there an orientation for international students?

Yes! All undergraduate international students attend International Welcome Week, where they are introduced to life at IU Indianapolis, have opportunities to make new friends, and learn strategies to succeed. If undergraduate international students arrive to Indianapolis prior to International Welcome Week, they are invited to also attend undergraduate orientation.

Additional FAQs about undergraduate orientation

What are the upcoming dates for undergraduate orientation?

Your orientation date is tailored to your academic plans, so you can meet other students with similar majors. You will see dates available to you once you’ve entered the reservation system. Orientation reservations begin in February for summer and fall admission and in October for spring admission.

How do I reschedule my orientation date?

You can reschedule undergraduate orientation through the reservation system. If you have any issues rescheduling, Orientation Services can help.

What is the orientation schedule like?

Undergraduate orientation typically starts at 8:30 am and ends at 5 pm. Students and guests will be separated for experiences relevant to their needs. The schedule includes informational sessions, lunch, presentations from on-campus experts, and academic advising.

Are there other places I should go while on campus for orientation?

To learn more about your other options for things to do, please see our page about planning your visit or take a look at the campus events calendar.

Where should we stay during our visit?

Start early by visiting our page about planning your visit, which has a campus map, driving directions, hotel recommendations, and more. If you’re flying into Indianapolis, you’ll arrive from the Indianapolis International Airport. International students will find helpful travel and lodging information on the orientation page for the Office of International Affairs.

How do I become an orientation leader or peer mentor?

Students can apply through Handshake. Applications usually open in the middle of the fall semester and are accepted through the beginning of the spring semester.

IU Indianapolis

Orientation Services

Campus Center
420 University Blvd

Indianapolis, IN 46202