IUP Orientation Process

  • Follow the steps below to become an IUP Orientation registrant!

    Step 1

    Understanding what Orientation is:

    Our Orientation programs were established to support your transition to being a college student. Proper advising and appropriate course selection are critical to first-year success. You will be placement tested, learn, 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

    Figuring out when Orientation is:

    • Spring Orientation attendance replaces attendance at our residential Summer Orientation program. Spring Orientation is non-residential (students commute from home or make reservations at local hotels) Spring Orientations run from 8:00 a.m. through 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, and from 8:00 a.m. until as late as 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.
    • Summer Orientation occurs on weekdays during late May through mid-July. The summer programs are residential (even for Fall commuters) for everyone but married students or students who are parents. Summer Orientation programs run from7:00 a.m. the first day until approximately 5:00 p.m. on the second day,including evening and overnight, so please plan accordingly.

    Read the FAQ for specific details about each program, program dates, and answers to commonly asked questions.

    Step 4

    Choose a date according to your admission:

    Indiana Campus Freshman: As an entering Indiana campus freshman, you may select between a weekend Spring Orientation (when available), or a two-day, residential Summer Orientation. You only need to attend one Spring Orientation or one Summer Orientation. Each session can reach capacity at any time.

    FYE admits: You may select any Orientation date. Your advisers encourage you to select June 8–9 or June 22–23.

    Honors College Freshman: Honors College designated dates are April 18–19 or June 15–16. Plan to attend one of the two. You will see your “designated” Orientation date on the Orientation enrollment form as June 15–16.

    • If you are enrolling for the April 18–19 Orientation, enroll for June 15-16 and indicate the April desired date in comments before submitting the form.
    • If you cannot attend either of the Honors College designated dates, you may select any available dates.

    Punxsutawney Campus Freshman: Attend one of designated Punxsutawney campus summer orientations on the Indiana campus. If this is a problem, please contact advising-testing@iup.edu.

    Northpointe Campus Freshman: Attend one of the Northpointe-only, one-day Summer Orientations on the Northpointe campus.

    *Work and/or high school absence excuses are available; request this when registering, and it will be in your packet when you arrive at the program.

    Step 5

    Understanding Placement Testing:

    During Orientation, students will take the following exams: English, Compass 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. For more information about these exams, please see our website. Incoming freshmen have the opportunity to submit an English Portfolio in place of taking the English Essay Exam. Carefully read the materials from the IUP English Department discussing due dates and the preparations needed to submit an English portfolio. Please note that if you change your Orientation date and have submitted a portfolio, you will need to e-mail orientation-testing@iup.edu.

    Step 6

    Overnight Arrangements:

    If you are attending Spring Orientation, be sure that you (and/or your family) have booked a hotel room for Saturday night. If you are driving a long distance, you may want to consider staying Friday night as well.

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

    For summer Orientation registrants only. While there is no formal program the night before Orientation, you may want to consider spending the night in the residence hall so that you are well rested for the program and testing. (There is a $24.00 residence hall fee for arriving early and will be added to the Orientation fee on your semester bill.) If you wish this option, indicate this on the enrollment form. (Early arrival breakfast in the IUP dining hall will be approximately $7.00 , payable by cash, debit, or credit.)

    Step 7

    With the letter in hand, register for Orientation by following these steps.

    Step 8

    What to do if your date plans change:

    If you absolutely must change your Orientation date, log back into my.iup.edu and select "reschedule my orientation date."

    Step 9

    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 an 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 10

    Your Orientation confirmation:

    Your Orientation confirmation will arrive approximately 1 week before your program date. The information will include arrival procedures, program times, 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 11

    Contacting us with questions:

    We strongly recommend addressing questions about Orientation to us by e-mail, if possible. When contacting us by e-mail (orientation-testing@iup.edu) or phone (724-357-4067), we will need your Banner ID addition to your name. This will enable us to access your records and provide you the information you are requesting. Our Orientation phone service hours are Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

    Step 12 (Optional):

    Inform us if you have any documented disability:

    IUP is committed to serving students with disabilities. Access and accommodations provided during Orientation are separate from those provided when you are a student. Thus, if you have a disability, in addition to indicating needs on the Orientation enrollment form, complete and return the Declaration of Disability form. This lets us know if you need access, accommodations, or services during your IUP career, after Orientation, due to a disability. For more information, visit the Disability Support website.

    Step 11:

    We will see you at Orientation!