Punxsutawney Summer Orientation

  • You’ve been accepted to Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) — 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 register for your spring classes. In addition, you begin to learn the procedures, benefits, and resources available to you as an IUP student!

    The document IUP January Freshman Orientation Process 2016 outlines the steps you will take to register for Orientation. Please read the entire process, be sure that you understand the steps, and then go onto the orientation registration page, as described in step 6 of IUP January Freshman Orientation Process 2016. Remember that Orientation sessions are filled on a first-come, first-served basis, so read and register NOW!

    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. Also, please share this letter with parents/family members and/or significant others assisting you in college planning, so that they are aware of IUP Orientation and the information that we have provided to you herein.

    If you have any questions along the way, e-mail orientation-testing@iup.edu and we will get in touch.

    See you at Orientation!

  • Follow the steps below to register for IUP Orientation:

    Step 1

    Know what to expect:

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

    Step 2

    Two things you must know:

    • Understand that participation in IUP Orientation and placement testing is mandatory.
    • The program you attend is determined by your admission category.

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

    Step 3

    Plan ahead for Orientation:

    January orientations occur the week before the start of January classes. As noted above, the date of Orientation is determined by the campus of admission, as noted in the following section.

    • Indiana Campus freshman: Thursday and Friday, January 14-15, 2016 (from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday; and 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday)
    • Punxsutawney Campus freshman: Sunday, January 17, 2016, on the Punxsutawney campus (from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
    • Northpointe Campus freshman: Monday, January 11, 2016, on the Northpointe Campus (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

    Step 4

    Prepare for mandatory 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, or French exams. For more information about these exams, please see our website.

    Step 5

    Make overnight arrangements as needed:

    • Indiana Campus freshman:  If you have previously contracted to reside on  campus, you will move into the residence hall between 1-3pm on Wednesday, January 13, 2016. If you have not contracted, and you are driving a long distance, you may want to consider arriving early, the night  before Orientation, and making local hotel arrangements.
    • Northpointe Campus freshman: As a commuter, no overnight arrangements are necessary.
    • Punxsutawney Campus freshman: Move in arrangements will be communicated by your campus.

    Step 6

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

    Step 7

    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 an 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 8

    Read your Orientation confirmation information:

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

    Step 9

    Contact us with questions:

    We strongly recommend addressing questions about Orientation to us by e-mail, if possible. When contacting us by e-mail (orientation-testing@iup.edu) or phone (724-357-4067), we will need your Banner ID 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. If you have a disability, in addition to indicating your 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.

    We will see you at Orientation!