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IUP Transfer Orientation Process

Follow the steps below to become an IUP Transfer Orientation registrant!

Step 1:

Understanding what Orientation is:

We know that transfer students who are the most successful understand the expectations of being an IUP student. As well, it is essential to identify transfer resources. Proper advising and appropriate course selection are critical to transfer student success. Our goal is to provide each transfer student a proper introduction to social and academic life here on campus.

Step 2:

Participation in IUP Orientation is mandatory.*

  • Attend one Summer Transfer Orientation. Register early, each session can reach capacity.

*Work and/or 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:

Transfer Orientation occurs on select weekdays from late May through late July. Only the dates available to you will appear when enrolling for Orientation. (Students who wish to attend IUP summer sessions should attend the late May orientation. Be aware that programs do have capacities that cannot be exceeded.)

Transfer Orientation begins at 7:00 a.m. and ends at 5:00 p.m. Please plan accordingly.

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

Step 4:

Understanding Testing:

During Orientation, students in the Colleges of Business, Natural Sciences and Mathematics, as well as Safety, Health, and Environmental Applied Sciences majors, and Allied Health (Clinical Lab Science, Nuclear Med Tech, Respiratory Care) majors, who have not transferred in their required Liberal Studies MATH course or its immediate prerequisite, will be assigned to take the MATH placement exam. The results will be used for course placement.

Students needing to take the exam should enroll for Orientation and ensure that transcripts have been sent to Transfer Admissions (see Step 8). IUP Orientation will review transcripts in the days before Orientation and email students assigned to the MATH exam two to three days before the Orientation. For more information about this exam, please see our Math placement chart.

Step 5:

Determine/make your Overnight Arrangements, if applicable:

If you are driving a long distance, you may want to consider arriving early, the night before Orientation. You may elect to stay in a university residence hall, indicating this on the enrollment form as described in Step 6 below, or you may make your own local overnight housing arrangements.

While there is no formal program the night before Orientation, spending the night in the residence hall allows you to meet other transfer students and peer advisers and to be well-rested for the program and testing. (There is a $24 residence hall fee for arriving early. This will be added to the Orientation fee in your semester bill.) Breakfast is available the next morning in the IUP dining hall and will cost approximately $7, payable by cash, debit, or credit.) If you wish to arrive early and reside in the residence hall the night before Transfer Orientation, indicate this on the enrollment form.

Step 6:

Enroll for Orientation:​

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

Step 7:

Determine what to do if you are on an externship, meeting military obligations, or out of the country:

If you cannot attend a Transfer Orientation due to an externship, military obligations, or being out of the country during the Transfer Orientation dates, e-mail Daniel Burkett at to discuss alternate arrangements. (You must be able to document the absence and need. Each case will be addressed individually.)  

Step 8:

Provide IUP Admissions with your transfer credits:

In addition to sending in your official college transcripts to the Admissions office, please forward all AP, CLEP, and military coursework to them as well. Their address is IUP Office of Admissions, 120 Sutton Hall, 1011 South Drive, Indiana, PA 15705. Please try to have this information submitted well in advance of your scheduled Orientation date. (See the FAQ on our website for more information).

Step 9:

Your Orientation Confirmation:

Your Orientation confirmation will arrive approximately one week before your program date. The confirmation will include arrival procedures, program times, a campus map, a parking permit, and information on sample tests. (Note that letters for last-minute date changes and/or last-minute enrollments may be difficult to provide.)

Step 10:

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 phone service hours are Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Step 11:

We will see you at Orientation!