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Transfer Students

Congratulations on your acceptance to Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) as an incoming transfer student.

The next step on your road to becoming an IUP student is Orientation. It is through Orientation, only, that you are advised and register for your spring classes and take any necessary placement tests. In addition, you begin to learn the procedures, benefits, and resources available to you as an IUP student.

The Registering for January Admit Transfer Orientation 2015 outlines the steps you will take to register for Orientation. Please read the entire process, be sure that you understand the steps, and then register for Orientation, as described in step 6 of the Registering for January Admit Transfer Orientation 2015. Remember that Orientation sessions are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Attending the earliest orientation possible is strongly recommended, so read and register now.

Please be aware that, should you be a student with a disability, we seek to serve you through Disability Support Services (DSS). Please see registration for DSS information through the Declaration of Disability form as well. (Registration for Orientation and DSS are separate procedures.)

We look forward to receiving your Orientation enrollment from and sending you further information. Please review the Orientation website for further information about transfer program, including fee information. Also, please share this information with parents/family members and others assisting you in planning, so that they are aware of IUP Orientation and the information that we have provided to you. If you have any questions along the way, e-mail orientation-testing@iup.edu and we will get in touch.

Realizing that the first semester at a new college sets the tone for all future semesters, we have created the IUP Transfer Orientation program to ensure that students begin their semester at IUP positively.

The IUP Transfer Orientation program was developed to ensure that that transfer students begin their semester at IUP with accurate information about policies, resources, and supports and to ensure that transfer students are advised and registered for appropriate coursework for the first semester at IUP. Orientation also provides students with their first advising session with a faculty member from their department or college and registration.

Our program allows students to become familiar with the campus and some of its services before beginning the semester. Because we have found that students are not always the best predictors of the levels of classes in which to begin, for selected majors (business, safety sciences, and natural sciences and mathematics) we have developed our math placement testing program to provide students with the information to register for appropriate courses, if they are not transferring in the required math course or its immediate predecessor. 

Orientation offers a basic overview of IUP academic policies and opportunities and services for students, for both students and parents. Our trained staff consists of current students and faculty and staff members who particularly enjoy working with transfer students. Join us this for this educational program tailored to meet the needs of entering transfer students.

The Transfer Student Orientation Program Includes:

  • An introduction to the Liberal Studies program
  • An explanation of Transfer Credit evaluations
  • Overview of transfer specific financial aid and work-study information
  • Placement testing in mathematics, as needed/required
  • Meetings with college-designated faculty advisers
  • An overview of judicial and campus safety information
  • Registration and completion of semester schedule of courses
  • Lunch
  • A residence hall living experience (optional, if desired)
  • Seminars* on topics such as the IUP Haven Project, IUP computing and resources, and Broaden Your Horizons 
    *Availability of workshops subject to group size and orientation date

When is Transfer Student Orientation?

  • For fall admits, Transfer Orientation program dates are typically once a month in late May, June, and July. For spring semester admits, Transfer Orientation program dates are typically in December and January.
  • Students select an Orientation date based on various considerations, including, but not limited to, admission category and date of tuition deposit. Enrollment materials will outline how a date change may be easily requested. Changes made within the timeframe specified in the letter of invitation should be able to be accommodated

Note: Attendance at earlier dates is most desirable for course registration. Once capacity for a session is reached, it will become unavailable.

The Transfer Orientation programs run from as early as 7:15 a.m. (if placement tests are required) until 5:00 p.m. Attendance is required, and it is only through the program that students are registered for their courses.

Students will be mailed information about how to enroll for Orientation in early November for spring semester entrants and early March for fall semester entrants. Invitations to Orientation are sent first to those who have paid tuition deposits. Attendance at the earliest date available is always desirable. Since students can only register for Orientation dates for which there are openings, confirmation mailing are sent the week prior to the actual Orientation date attendance.

Due to limited resources, there are no parent orientations for January transfer admits. Parents of students entering in a fall semester will receive their own mailing about the optional Parent Orientation on the same schedule as fall entrance students.

  • 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.