Orientation FAQ

  • As you prepare to participate in this year’s Orientation program, we hope that the questions and answers below will be of use to you. Please review this document carefully before you call the Advising and Testing Center. Please share this information with your parents and families.

    Why Orientation?

    Our goal is to help you make the transition from high school to college. The more familiar you are with the university’s expectations of freshmen, the more likely you are to be successful in your first semester. Orientation provides you and your advisor with information about the appropriate levels of courses in which to enroll for your first semester. We’ll introduce you to IUP’s academic offerings and to the role and benefits of academic advisors. You will also be introduced to campus life and services.

    When is Orientation?

    Fall 2016 Admit Orientation Dates:

    • April 9-10 (Saturday/Sunday) - Indiana campus freshmen
    • April 9-10 (Saturday/Sunday) - Honors College freshmen
    • April 23-24 (Saturday/Sunday) - Indiana campus freshmen
    • May 13 (Friday) - Northpointe campus freshmen
    • May 25 (Wednesday) - Transfer students
    • May 26-27 (Thursday/Friday) - Indiana campus freshmen
    • June 2-3 (Thursday/Friday) - Indiana campus freshmen
    • June 6-7 (Monday/Tuesday) - Punxsutawney campus freshmen
    • June 9-10 (Thursday/Friday) - Indiana campus freshmen
    • June 9-10 (Thursday/Friday) - Punxsutawney campus freshmen
    • June 10 (Friday) - Northpointe campus freshmen
    • June 13-14 (Monday/Tuesday) - Indiana campus freshmen
    • June 16-17 (Thursday/Friday) - Indiana campus freshmen
    • June 16-17 (Thursday/Friday) - Honors College freshmen
    • June 20-21 (Monday/Tuesday) - Indiana campus freshmen
    • June 23-24 (Thursday/Friday) - Indiana campus freshmen
    • June 27-28 (Monday/Tuesday) - Indiana campus freshmen
    • June 29 (Wednesday) - Transfer students
    • June 30-July 1 (Thursday/Friday) - Indiana campus freshmen
    • July 28-29 (Thursday/Friday) - Indiana campus freshmen
    • July 29 (Friday) - Transfer students
    • July 29 (Friday) - Northpointe campus freshmen
    • August 22 (Monday) - Northpointe campus freshmen
    • August 25-26 (Thursday/Friday) - Indiana campus freshmen - LATE
    • August 26 (Friday) - Transfer students - LATE
    • August 27 (Saturday) - Punxsutawney campus freshmen - LATE

    What makes spring Orientation different than summer Orientation?

    The spring program is a condensed version of our summer program. It allows you to have a class schedule for college before you are even done with high school! Activities such as placement testing, meeting with an adviser, and getting a course schedule are in both programs. The spring program provides information about college success as time allows.

    Note: January admission students experience the condensed orientation that is described for spring orientation, with the exception of there being no parent and family program.

    Can I change the date?

    January Orientation for spring semester: date changes are not possible as each orientation has only one date. (Extreme conflicts should be noted in the comments section of the online enrollment form.)

    Spring/summer Orientation for fall admits: If you absolutely must change your Orientation date, log back into MyIUP and select "reschedule my orientation date."

    Is participation required?

    Yes. The tests are departmentally sanctioned and approved by the IUP Administrative Group and the university’s Council of Trustees.

    How am I invited to Orientation?

    Orientation invitations are sent to your permanent mailing address once we receive your tuition deposit, starting in early spring (for fall semester admits) and early January (for January admits). Upon receiving your invitation letter, you should go to Orientation Registration to enroll for an orientation date of your choice. After having submitted the online Orientation enrollment form, you will receive confirmation of your participation and testing date(s) approximately one week prior to your orientation date. Your confirmation letter will include directions to access and print sample tests, arrival procedures, and a campus map from the website.

    Will my testing date affect my chances at registration?

    No, although earlier attendance allows for greater choice when selecting options for required courses. Courses have been reserved specifically for the entering freshman class, and these are divided among the Orientation sessions. Like anything else, earlier attendance may allow for greater choice in class availability.

    Am I guaranteed the date for which I chose to enroll?

    Yes. The date will only appear to you in the drop-down menu on the enrollment form if it is available. If a date doesn’t appear, then it is no longer available and you must chose a date that is listed. (Dates are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.) Group sizes are restricted to allow the best advising and registration possible.

    What if no date is compatible with my schedule?

    January Orientation for spring semester: date changes are not possible, as each Orientation has only one date. (Extreme conflicts should be noted in the comments section of the online enrollment form.)

    Spring/summer Orientation for fall admits: If you have a legitimate conflict with the Orientation dates and your schedule, then you will need to participate in late testing just before the semester begins. You will receive your test results and schedule classes at late Orientation. (Note: The only way to be advised and register is Orientation, and it is best to attend a spring/summer Orientation.

    What if I am still in high school or I have to work on the dates assigned?

    We will verify your attendance of a mandatory educational event, on our stationery, for your school and/or employer. Be sure to request this excuse on your enrollment form. The letter will be in your packet at program check-in.

    Is there a fee for the program?

    Yes. The fee will be included in your fall billing statement. The amount is determined by your admissions category, not by the date of testing or the semester of admission. (The 2016 orientation fees are: Honors College, Indiana campus, and Punxsutawney: $190*; Northpointe $105*.) This fee is nonrefundable irrespective of final attendance at IUP, as services have been rendered.

    *Subject to proposed increase as of March 2016

    Is my orientation housing included with the program and in the fee?


    January Orientation (for spring semester):
    Housing is not included in the fee, nor provided unless the student has made prior contracting arrangements to live on campus for the spring semester. January Orientation students who will not be living on campus in the spring semester should plan to commute or make local hotel arrangements.

    Spring Orientation (for fall admits):
    Housing is not included in the spring program fee. There are no opportunities for on-campus housing during spring Orientation. Families should use the Indiana area lodging information that can be found on the website to make reservations on their own.

    Summer Orientation (for fall admits):
     Indiana campus, Honors College, and Punxsutawney participants must live in a residence hall during their orientation session. The cost of this residential requirement is covered in the Orientation fee. Each suite has central air conditioning and a private bathroom.

    Rarely, students who have legitimate circumstances that do not allow for residential housing during the program must inform the program director of such in advance, in writing. [Note: There is no reduction in fee if one does not stay on campus, as rentals, staffing, and materials were planned to include all entering students. Exceptions are granted rarely as evening activities are a part of the program.] If you are traveling from a great distance, you may arrive the evening before your program and receive housing for a nominal fee of $24*. Early arrival is not an option for the July 28-29, 2016 orientation. You must obey both program and regular residence hall policies (e.g., no alcohol, no drug use, no pets, quiet hours, respect for program staff and fellow participants, etc.)

    There is no on-campus housing option for the one-day Northpointe Orientation program.

    *Subject to proposed increase as of March 2016

    What do I bring for my summer orientation and summer orientation residence hall stay?

    Students must bring extra-long bed linens (or two flat single sheets), pillows, blankets, towels, toiletries, and, we recommend, a small reading lamp/light. Students must abide by regular residence hall policies.

    Are meals included with Orientation?

    January Orientation (for spring semester): See your mailings for specific information. Generally, dinner the evening before the program is on your own. A very light continental breakfast is provided during the program, as are lunch and dinner. Weekend meals depend on whether the student is residing on campus for the spring semester, or commuting.

    Spring Orientation (for fall admits): The program includes lunch and dinner on Saturday. On Sunday, a light continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.

    July 28-29 ONLY: Meals included are dinner July 28, breakfast and lunch July 29.

    Summer Orientation (for fall admits): The two-day programs include lunch and dinner on the first day, breakfast and lunch on the second day, and evening snacks. Indiana campus, Honors College, Punxsutawney early arrival students must eat breakfast at their own expense (approximately $7 in the campus dining hall) on the first day.

    Are my parents and family members invited to attend?

    August, December, January Transfer Orientation

    There is NO parent program for July 28-29, late August, December, or January transfer orientations.

    A parent and family program is offered concurrently with the student program from April through July. See Parent Questions for specific program information and lodging accommodations.

    What if I violate the university’s alcohol or drug policies?

    Campus police will be notified, and appropriate criminal and judicial charges will be filed. Judicial cases will be heard after the student’s matriculation.

    How long is the program?

    January Orientation (for spring admits): See your mailings.

    Spring Orientation:
    Student program check-in begins at 8:00 a.m. on Day 1, and the program will run until 9:00 p.m. Day 2 begins at 8:00 a.m. and will run until 5:00 p.m. [Note: If you have other business to attend to (such as visiting relatives, meeting the band director, athletics, etc.) while at IUP, please plan to complete after the program. Because of the program rigor, do not plan to see your parents often during the program.]

    Summer Orientation:

    July 28-29 ONLY: Check-in begins at 1:30 p.m. in Suites on Pratt (601 Pratt Drive, Indiana, PA 15705). The program check-in begins at 2:30 p.m. on the first floor, main lobby of the Humanities and Social Sciences Building (981 Grant Street, Indiana, PA 15705).

    Two-day Honors College, Indiana campus, Punxsutawney: From residence hall check-in at 7:00 a.m. on the first day through program end at 5:00 p.m. on the second day. [Note: If you have other business to attend to (such as visiting relatives, meeting the band director, athletics, etc.) while at IUP, please plan to complete after the program. Because of the program rigor, do not plan to see your parents often during the program.]

    One-day Northpointe Campus: 8:15 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    Note: If you have other business to attend to (such as visiting relatives, meeting the band director, athletics, etc.) while at IUP, please plan to complete it after the program. Because of program rigor, do not plan to see your parents during the program.

    If you are not able to remain for the entire program on the days that you were assigned, you should reschedule your dates. Should you have a conflict and want to attend your assigned date, indicate such on your enrollment form and we can provide a written excuse for your high school or an employer on our stationary.

    What if I plan to take summer classes (before beginning IUP as a fall admit) or have another commitment?

    If you plan to attend IUP's Summer Session I or have a summer-long military obligation, you may attend either of the spring Orientation dates. You will receive your test results, be advised, and be eligible to register for both summer and fall classes during these sessions.

    Students who plan to take summer courses and are unable to attend orientation prior to class should not schedule math or English courses. You must still attend Orientation.

    If you plan to attend classes at IUP during Summer Session II only, be sure to attend orientation before Summer II begins.

    What if I plan to take winter classes (before beginning at IUP as a January admit)?

    For January admits only:

    If you plan to attend Winter session, enroll for orientation, when invited, and e-mail orientation-testing@iup.edu and we will get you in winter classes.

    What if I have to leave immediately after testing?

    You need to request a date change to a testing date when you can fully participate. If you’re already registered online, please contact our office via e-mail at orientation-testing@iup.edu, or via phone at 724-357-4067, to request a date change. If you haven’t yet registered for your orientation, please choose a date where you are completely available.

    What if I become ill during testing?

    If the illness occurs when the university’s Health Service is open, you will be examined, treated, and/or referred to the appropriate health care provider. At other times, you will be referred to Indiana Regional Medical Center. The cost of any treatment will be borne by the student or family.

    What if I arrive by bus, air, or train?


    The university/Orientation programs do not provide transportation. Each student/family member must make his or her individual travel arrangements, incorporating program times. When making plans, remember that Orientation programs do not conclude until approximately 5:00 p.m. Advance arrangements are required for all transportation services.

    Air Travel

    Most flights arrive at Pittsburgh International Airport (approximately 70 miles from Indiana). Some airlines may fly to Latrobe Airport (approximately 35 miles from Indiana) or the Jimmy Stewart Airport (Indiana, Pa.). The ability to secure transportation from the airport should be carefully considered when making travel arrangements. Please contact all airlines/airports/transportation services directly.

    Bus Travel


    Fullington Trailways offers transportation from the Pittsburgh International Airport to Indiana, Pa. Specific information may be acquired by contacting the company at 724-465-7827. Fullington Trailways also services Indiana, Pa., from multiple locations within Pennsylvania. Buses arrive at 1205 CC Maple Street, Indiana, Pa. Transportation from the bus station in Indiana may be arranged through contacting Turbo Taxi at 724-465-8294. Check ahead for specific hours of operation and or to arrange a ride. (Unlike some cities, taxi service is pre-arranged and not on-call.)


    Transit services are available throughout the Indiana County Transit Authority regular bus routes.

    Train Travel

    Amtrak services may be available to/from Pittsburgh (approximately 60 miles from Indiana) and Johnstown, Pa. (approximately 30 miles from Indiana). As with air travel, students and family members traveling by train need to ensure appropriate connections to Indiana via bus or taxi.

    Additional directions and information is available on the IUP website

    What if I decide to change my major after being admitted?

    If you wish to change majors before Orientation, you should notify the Office of Admissions through the Orientation enrollment form. If you have not notified Admissions and the Advising and Testing Center before your testing date, you will be tested using the tests required by your original major. If you decide to change majors after enrolling for Orientation, but before attending Orientation, please notify the Office of Admissions at admissions-inquiry@iup.edu. (After Orientation, we may need to modify your schedule.)

    What if my address or phone number have changed?

    Notify both the Office of Admissions (admissions-inquiry@iup.edu) and the Advising and Testing Center (advising-testing@iup.edu) of the change(s) in writing also change this information on your MyIUP account.

    When calling or writing the Advising and Testing Center, what information should I have on hand?

    Please supply your name, ID number (included in your Orientation invitation letter), original testing group, and admission type (i.e., Honors College, Indiana campus, regional campus). Please note that office hours for orientation questions are 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

    What if I decide not to attend IUP?

    We hope that you will change your mind! But if you are unable to attend, please notify the Office of Admissions (Sutton Hall, Room 117, 1011 South Drive, Indiana, PA 15705) in writing (admissions-inquiry@iup.edu) as soon as possible.