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IUP Orientation Process

Follow the steps below to become an IUP orientation registrant!

Step 1

Understanding What Orientation Is:

We know that students who are the most successful in college 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. Proper advising and appropriate course selection are critical to first-year success, as well. Our orientation programs were established to support your transition to being a college student. 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.

*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

Figuring Out When Orientation Is:

January orientations occur in the week before the start of January classes. As noted above, the date of the orientation is determined by the campus of admission.

  • Indiana campus freshman: As an entering Indiana campus freshman, you will participate in orientation on Thursday and Friday, January 15–16, 2015.
  • Punxsutawney campus freshman: Attend the January Punxsutawney campus orientation on Sunday, January 18, 2015, on the Punxsutawney campus.
  • Northpointe campus freshman: Attend the Northpointe January orientations on Monday, January 12, 2015, on the Northpointe campus.

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

Step 4

Understanding Testing:

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 visit Orientation for Students.

Step 5

Determine/Make Your Overnight Arrangements:

  • Indiana campus freshman:
    • If you have previously contracted to reside on campus, you will move into the residence hall between 1:00–3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 14, 2015.
    • If you have not, and you are driving a long distance, you may want to consider arriving early, the night before orientation, and making local hotel arrangements.
  • Punxsutawney campus freshman: Move in arrangements will be communicated by your campus.

Step 6

With the Invitation Letter You Received from the Advising and Testing Center at Hand, Register for Orientation:

Enroll for orientation by:

  1. Going to the orientation website.
  2. Select "For Students" and then select your campus from the right hand box, and enter.
  3. On the next page, select "How Students Register for Orientation."
  4. Select the link for registration.
  5. Use your 4 letter IUP Network Username (on your letter) and password.
  6. See the "Orientation Enrollment Form" in the "Starting out on campus" section. Click on the link.
  7. Complete the form as indicated.
  8. When selecting your date of orientation attendance, be aware that only available dates for your admit category will be listed. (If a date listed elsewhere on our website is not listed here, it is not available to you.)
  9. If the major listed for you on the form is not correct, please first indicate you would like to change your major then select a new major from the choices that appear on the online enrollment form.
  10. If you need to be excused from school (or work) to attend orientation, we can give you an excuse on our office stationery. Check the proper box on the enrollment form and we will place an excuse in your check-in materials.
  11. If you have a physical, learning, medical, psychological, or other disability, indicate this on the orientation enrollment form. Identify the accommodations needed during orientation and placement testing on your orientation enrollment form, as well.
  12. Complete and submit the online enrollment form with the next week after receiving your letter.
  13. You are enrolled for Orientation when you have completed, submitted and received the your "Submission received" reply.

Step 7

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

Step 8

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 a letter that includes the specific times of the program, information about the check-in site, a campus map, and parking informations. (Note: confirmations for last minute enrollments may be via e-mail.)

Step 9:

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, 8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Step 10 (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!

  • 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.–4:30 p.m.