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IUP Orientation Process

Freshmen: How to
Register for Orientation

Orientation is required for all incoming freshmen - register now!

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. We know that students who are the most successful understand the expectations of being a college student, know how to get involved and meet people, and understand some of the issues that they may face in the transition to college. As well, proper advising and appropriate course selection are critical to first-year success. You will learn a lot, meet other new students, get to work with peer advisers, and have fun, too!

Step 2

Understanding your options:

Participation in IUP Orientation and placement testing are mandatory*. The type and options for the program you attend are determined by your admission category.

Indiana Campus Freshman Late Orientation: As an entering Indiana campus freshman, you will attend Orientation on the Thursday/Friday before fall classes begin.

Honors College Freshman: See Indiana Campus Freshman.

Punxsutawney Campus Freshman: Attend Punxsutawney late orientation on Saturday, August 23, 2014, on the Punxsutawney campus. If this is a problem, pick one of the dates anyway, but tell us the problem in the comments box when you enroll online.

Northpointe Campus Freshman: Attend one of the Northpointe-only 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 3

Understanding Testing and English Portfolios:

During Orientation, students will take the following exams: English, Compass Math, and Reading. Depending on the major, students may also take the Education Readiness, Spanish, or French exams. For more information about these exams, please see our website.

Step 4

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

Step 5

Provide IUP Admissions with your AP and/or transfer credits:

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, Sutton Hall, Room 117, 1011 South Drive, Indiana, PA 15705, well in advance of your selected Orientation date (see FAQ on our website for more information).

Step 6

Getting confirmation for Orientation:

Confirmation for your Orientation program will occur approximately one week before your program date. The confirmation will be in the form of an e-mail or letter including the specific times of the program, information about the check-in site, and where on our website to find sample tests and arrival procedures. (Note that confirmations for last-minute date changes and/or last-minute enrollments may be via e-mail or by phone.)

Step 7

Contacting us with questions:

We strongly recommend addressing questions about Orientation to us by e-mail, if possible. When contacting us by e-mail ( or phone (724-357-4067), we will need your ID number in 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 8 (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 9:

We will see you at Orientation!

  • Advising and Testing Center
  • Pratt Hall, Room 216
    201 Pratt Drive
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-4067
  • Fax: 724-357-2889
  • Office Hours for Orientation Questions
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m.–Noon
  • 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.