Punxsutawney Summer Orientation

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

    The next step on your road to becoming an IUP student is Orientation! It is through Orientation, ONLY, that you take your placement tests, are advised and, based on advisement and placement test results, register for your fall classes. In addition, you begin to learn the procedures, benefits, and resources available to you as an IUP student!

    Please read the IUP Freshman Orientation Process thoroughly; be sure that you understand the steps, and then register for Orientation, as described. Remember that Orientation sessions are filled on a first-come, first-served basis, so read and register NOW!

    After registering for Orientation, spend time reviewing the required placement tests.

    IUP is committed to serving students with disabilities. Access and accommodations provided during Orientation are separate from those provided when you are a student. If you have a disability, in addition to indicating needs on the Orientation enrollment form, complete and return the Declaration of Disability form. 

    We look forward to receiving your Orientation enrollment form and sending you further information. Please share this information with parents/family members assisting you in college 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. See you at Orientation!

  • Step 1
    Understand what Orientation is

    Our Orientation programs were established to support your transition to being an IUP student. Proper advising and appropriate course selection is critical to first-year success. You will be placement tested, learn, meet other new students, work with peer advisers, and have fun!

    Step 2
    Know that participation in IUP Orientation and placement testing is Mandatory

    Step 3
    Figure out when Orientation is and choose a date according to your admission category

    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 can reach capacity at any time.

    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 can reach capacity at any time.

    Spring Orientation

    Spring orientation replaces attendance at our residential summer Orientation program. Spring Orientation is nonresidential (students commute from home or make their own reservations at local hotels). Spring Orientations run from 8:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m. Saturday and from 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. on Sunday.

    • April 9–10 (Saturday and Sunday)
    • April 23–24 (Saturday and Sunday)

    Summer Orientation

    Summer Orientation occurs on weekdays during late May through mid-July. The summer programs on the Indiana campus are residential (even for fall commuters) for everyone but married students or students who are parents. Summer Orientation programs run from 7:00 a.m. the first day through 5:00 p.m. the second day, including evening and overnight, so please plan accordingly (with the exception of July 28-29 which runs on a modified schedule).

    • May 26–27 (Thursday and Friday)
    • June 2–3 (Thursday and Friday)
    • June 9–10 (Thursday and Friday)
    • June 13–14 (Monday and Tuesday)
    • June 16–17 (Thursday and Friday)
    • June 20–21 (Monday and Tuesday)
    • June 23–24 (Thursday and Friday)
    • June 27–28 (Monday and Tuesday)
    • June 30–July 1 (Thursday and Friday)
    • July 28-29 (Thursday and Friday) - modified schedule

    Honors College Freshman

    Plan to attend one of the two Honors College designated dates:

    • April 9–10 (Saturday and Sunday)
    • June 16–17 (Thursday and Friday)

    You will see your “designated” Orientation date on the Orientation enrollment form as June 16–17. If you wish to attend the April 9–10 program, select it from the Alternate Dates.

    Note: If you cannot attend either of the Honors College designated dates, you may select any of the above available Indiana Campus freshman dates.

    Punxsutawney Campus Freshman

    Plan to attend one of the two Punxsutawney Campus designated dates:

    • June 6–7 (Monday and Tuesday) on the Punxsutawney Campus
    • June 9–10 (Thursday and Friday) on the Indiana Campus

    Note: If this is a problem, please contact orientation-testing@iup.edu (preferred) or 724-357-4067.

    Northpointe Campus Freshman

    Plan to attend one of the Northpointe Campus only designated dates. Northpointe Campus orientations are one-day summer orientations, held at the Northpointe Campus.

    • May 13 (Friday)
    • June 10 (Friday)
    • July 29 (Friday)
    • August 22 (Monday)

    Step 4
    Understand Placement Testing

    During Orientation, students will take the following exams: English, Math, and Reading. These tests are serious and determine course placement. You should prepare for them. Depending on the major, students may also take the Education Readiness, Spanish, French, or German exams. Incoming freshmen have the opportunity to submit an English Portfolio, in place of taking the English Essay Exam.

    Carefully read materials about English Placement (please note, Honors College admits only do not take the English placement test or submit a portfolio). Please note, if you change your orientation date and have submitted a portfolio, please contact orientation-testing@iup.edu.

    Step 5
    Make Overnight Arrangements

    Indiana Campus, Honors College, and Punxsutawney Campus Freshman

    Spring Orientation (April dates)

    Be sure that you (and/or your family's) hotel arrangements are available for Saturday night. If you are driving a long distance, you may want to consider staying Friday night as well.

    Summer Orientation

    Student participants stay (separate from family members) in mandatory overnight housing in an IUP residence hall during the program.

    While there is no formal program the night before Orientation, you may want to consider spending the night in the residence hall so that you are well-rested for the program and testing. This is not an option for the July 28-29 orientation. (There is a $24 residence hall fee for arriving early, which will be added to the Orientation fee on your semester bill.) If you wish this option, indicate this on the enrollment form. (Early arrival breakfast in the IUP dining hall will be approximately $7, payable by cash, debit, or credit.)

    Northpointe Campus Freshman

    As a commuter, no overnight arrangements are necessary.

    Step 6
    Register for Orientation by following these steps

    Step 7
    What to do if your date plans change

    If you absolutely must change your Orientation date, log back into MyIUP and select “reschedule my orientation date if needed.”

    Step 8
    Send IUP Admissions your AP and/or transfer credits BEFORE Orientation

    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 any 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 FAQ for more information.)

    Step 9
    Your Orientation Confirmation

    Your Orientation confirmation will arrive approximately one week before your program date. The information 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 (Optional)
    Contact us with questions

    Questions may be directed to orientation-testing@iup.edu (preferred) or 724-357-4067.

    When asking questions, please provide your name and Banner ID number.

    The Advising and Testing Center office hours are Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

    See You at Orientation!