IUP Orientation Process

  • Step 1:
    Understand what Orientation is

    Our Orientation programs were established to support your transition to being an IUP student. Proper advising and appropriate course selection is critical to first-year success. You will be placement tested, learn about IUP, meet other new students, work with peer advisers, and have fun!

    Step 2:
    Know that participation in IUP Orientation and placement testing is Mandatory

    Step 3:
    Figure out when Orientation is and choose a date according to your admission category

    Indiana Campus Freshman

    January Orientation (for students starting classes in January)

    • January 19–20 (starts at 8:00 a.m. on January 19 and ends approximately 5:00 p.m. on January 20)
      Report to the Humanities and Social Sciences Building (HSS Building) located at 981 Grant Street at 8:00 a.m. on both days.

    Spring Orientation (for students starting classes in the fall)

    • April 8–9 
    • April 22–23 

    Summer Orientation (for students starting classes in the fall)

    The summer programs on the Indiana campus are residential (even for fall commuters) for everyone but married students or students who are parents. Summer Orientation program includes evening activities and staying overnight, so please plan accordingly. 

    • June 4–5
    • June 6–7
    • June 8–9
    • June 11–12
    • June 13–14
    • June 15–16
    • June 18–19
    • June 20–21
    • June 22–23
    • June 25–26
    • June 27–28
    • June 29–30

    Step 4
    Understand Placement Testing

    During Orientation, students will take the following exams: English, Math, and Reading. These tests are serious and determine course placement. You should prepare for them. Depending on the major, students may also take the Education Readiness, Spanish, French, or German exams. Incoming freshmen have the opportunity to submit an English Portfolio, in place of taking the English Essay Exam.

    Carefully read materials about English Placement (please note, Honors College admits only do not take the English placement test or submit a portfolio). Please note, if you change your orientation date and have submitted a portfolio, please contact orientation-testing@iup.edu.

    Step 5
    Make Overnight Arrangements

    January Orientation

    There will be no need to make overnight arrangements for this orientation. You will be moving into your residence hall before the start of orientation on Wednesday, January 18, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

    Spring Orientation (April dates)

    Be sure that your (and/or your family's) hotel arrangements are available for Saturday night. 

    Summer Orientation

    Student participants stay (separate from family members) in mandatory overnight housing in an IUP residence hall during the program.

    Step 6
    Register for Orientation on your MyIUP

    Step 7
    What to do if your date plans change

    If you absolutely must change your Orientation date, log back into MyIUP and select “reschedule my orientation date if needed.”  (January has only one date so you will not be able to reschedule it.)

    Step 8
    Send IUP Admissions your AP and/or transfer credits before Orientation

    In addition to having noted any prior college coursework on the Orientation enrollment form, if you have AP, CLEP, or transfer credits, be sure to submit any official transcript to the IUP Office of Admissions, 117 Sutton Hall, 1011 South Drive, Indiana, PA 15705, well in advance of your selected Orientation date. (See FAQ for more information.)

    Step 9
    Your Orientation Confirmation

    Your Orientation confirmation will arrive approximately one week before your program date. The information will include arrival procedures, program times, a campus map, a parking permit, and information on sample tests. (Note that letters for last-minute date changes and/or last-minute enrollments may be difficult to provide.)

    Step 10 (Optional)
    Contact us with questions

    Questions may be directed to orientation-testing@iup.edu (preferred) or 724-357-5658.

    When asking questions, please provide your name and Banner ID number.

    The Office of New Student Orientation office hours are Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

    See You at Orientation!