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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!

Enrolling for Orientation

To register, you need to click the Freshmen: How to Register for Orientation button.

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

You can find information on the placement test information page or visit the FAQ page (note that there is no Parent Orientation for late Orientation.)

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: 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 has a capacity that, once reached, will not be exceeded, so enroll as soon as possible after reading this document.

FYE admits: You may select any Orientation date. Your advisers encourage you to select June 9–10 or June 23–24.

Honors College Freshman: Honors College designated dates are April 12–13 or June 16–17. Plan to attend one of the two. You will see your “designated” Orientation date on the Orientation enrollment form as June 16–17.

  • If you are enrolling for the April 12–13 Orientation, select the April 12–13 date from the date dropdown menu.
  • If you are enrolling for June 16–17, complete the form without selecting an alternative date.
  • If you cannot attend either of the Honors College designated dates, or it is after June 17, select an alternate date from the list of available dates.
  • If you cannot attend any of the available dates, pick one of the dates anyway, but tell us the problem in the comments box when you enroll online.

Punxsutawney Campus Freshman: Attend one of the two designated Punxsutawney campus summer orientations on the Indiana 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 five 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 3

Figuring out when Orientation is:

  • Spring Orientation is a condensed version of our two-day Summer Orientation program for entering students (see the specifications in Step 2). Attendance at the Spring program replaces attendance at our residential Summer Orientation program. This nonresidential (students commute from home or make reservations at local hotels) weekend program allows students to learn about IUP resources, participate in placement testing, be advised, and register for Fall classes. Spring programs run from approximately 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 comprehensive and residential (even for Fall commuters, as events occur throughout the day and evening). During a Summer Orientation program, you will be involved with Orientation from approximately 7:00 a.m. the first day until approximately 5:00 p.m. on the second day, including all 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

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. We offer incoming freshmen an 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 submit a portfolio and then switch to an earlier Orientation date, you will need to e-mail or your portfolio will not be reviewed by your new Orientation date.

Step 5

Determine/make your 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 participants are provided mandatory overnight housing in an IUP residence hall during the program. You may want to consider arriving the night before the program for an additional fee of $23.

Step 6

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

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, 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 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 including the specific times of the program, information about the check-in site, a campus map, a parking permit, 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 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, 8:30 a.m.–4:00 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!

  • 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.