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Punxsutawney Summer Orientation

You’ve been accepted to Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) — Congratulations!

The fall semester begins Monday, August 25, 2014. The LAST Orientation for entering Punxsutawney campus freshmen for fall is Saturday, August 23, 2014, on the Punxsutawney campus. It is through Orientation only that you take your placement tests, are advised, and register for your fall classes. In addition, you begin to learn the procedures, benefits, and resources available to you as an IUP student!

Program Check-In

Program check-in takes place at 8 a.m. on Saturday, August 23, 2014, on the first floor of the Academic Building outside room 122 on the IUP Punxsutawney Campus. (Remember to eat breakfast prior to arrival.)

Enrolling for Orientation

To register, you need to click the Freshmen: How to Register for Orientation button. Remember that enrollment in the program constitutes your being on campus and fully participating in the program throughout its duration. Do not plan to leave before the program ends. After the program, you will proceed with Punxsutawney campus Welcome Weekend activities.

Freshmen Residential Student Residence Hall Check-In

Information about move-in for Punxsutawney campus students attending late Orientation will be provided under separate cover by the Punxsutawney campus.

Placement Test Information and FAQ

Your assignment to any exams, other than those taken by everyone (English, math, reading), is on your confirmation mailing. You can find information or any related sample exams (if there are any) on the placement test information page, or visit the FAQ page. (Note: there is no Parent Orientation for late Orientation.)

You will need to bring a calculator labeled with your name if you wish to use it for the math exams. Only approved calculators are allowed. There are both regular and scientific calculators available on the exam itself. (Note: you should not rely on prior experience for the math exam. Be sure to review the same questions through the links on our website.)

If you are assigned to the French exam, you will take the French exam from home before attending orientation. Instructions on how to do this are on our website. Be sure to take the IUP French exam as indicated, in advance (i.e., prior to the day before orientation), so that we receive the results in time for your advising.

Disability Support and Testing Accommodations

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. (Registration for Orientation and DSS are separate procedures.)

We look forward to receiving your Orientation enrollment form and sending you further information. In the meantime, please review the Orientation website for further information about the Orientation program. If you have any questions along the way, e-mail and we will get in touch.

See you at Orientation!

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!

  • IUP Punxsutawney
  • 1012 Winslow Street
    Punxsutawney, PA 15767
  • Phone: 814-938-6711
  • Fax: 814-938-1163
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.