• Meet other incoming students. Find your way around campus. Register for your first classes. Orientation is more than just a mandatory program for all incoming students—it is your introduction to college and IUP!

    Orientation sign-ups for the fall semester will be at the beginning of March.

    We do not offer housing for the May orientation. For our August orientation, housing is only provided if your are attending CUSP. If you are not commuting or attending CUSP, you can make arrangements at one of the local hotels.

    There will not be parent orientations in December or January. Information for parents can be found at our Parent Orientation Portal.

    For an overview of Orientation activities, please see schedules.

  • Register

    Freshmen, transfer students, and students attending our Northpointe and Punxsutawney campuses need to register. See the dates listed below for your program. Parents and family members of freshmen and transfer students will need to register separately for their program.  There will not be a Parent and Family Orientation in December or January. There will not be on-campus housing for parents in May or August.


    All incoming students are required to complete placement pre-testing before scheduling classes. You’ll receive more information after you’ve registered for orientation.

    Coming to Orientation

    You’ve registered and taken your placement tests. Now it’s time to plan your trip! Get information about lodging, travel, schedules, what to pack, and more.

  • Student Orientation Programs and Dates

    Orientation is required for all incoming students, both freshman and transfer. Depending on the program you choose, you may be required to stay overnight, either on or off campus. During the orientation process, you’ll complete placement testing and schedule your first classes. Along the way, you’ll learn how to get around campus, all of the services available to you, and much more.

    Please see the complete list of dates, below.

    There will not be parent orientations for the December and January dates. These orientations will be for students only.

    Freshman Orientation

    • May 4 to May 5, 2019
    • June 2 to June 3, 2019 
    • June 6 to June 7, 2019 
    • June 9 to June 10, 2019 
    • June 11 to June 12, 2019
    • June 13 to June 14, 2019 
    • June 16 to June 17, 2019
    • June 18 to June 19, 2019
    • June 20 to June 21, 2019 
    • June 23 to June 24, 2019
    • June 27 to June 28, 2019 
    • August 15 to August 16, 2019*

    *This program is  for students who will be attending CUSP, IUP's College Undergraduate Success Program. It is strongly encouraged for CUSP students to select this date; although, CUSP students may attend any of the above orientations.  Students who select this date and are not participating in CUSP will be responsible for arranging off campus housing accommodations for the evening of August 15.

    Transfer Orientation

    • May 31, 2019
    • June 25, 2019
    • August 14, 2019

    Northpointe Orientation

    • July 9, 2019

    Held at the Northpointe campus

    Punxsutawney Orientation

    • July 10, 2019

    Held at the Punxsutawney campus

  • Parent and Family Orientation

    This separate, optional program focuses on helping families to better understand their student’s transition to adulthood, the university system and its resources, and college life—both inside and outside of the classroom. Fees apply.

    Offered simultaneously with the two-day freshman student program or the one-day transfer student orientation program.

    Please note that there will not be a parent orientation for the December and January dates.

    Parent Orientation typically includes the following topics

    • Academic programs and policies, Liberal Studies, and student rights and responsibilities
    • Education abroad and National Student Exchange programs
    • Career exploration and skill building, employment opportunities, internships, and cooperative education
    • A first-time parent of college students session
    • Personal issues—what to anticipate and how to help
    • Spiritual life
    • Connectivity to the IUP central computer, the Internet, and library resource
    • Health services, campus safety, and borough resources
    • University costs and payment plans
    • Financial aid information session
    • Purchasing textbooks
    • I-Card services and on-campus banking opportunities through PNC Bank
    • Online communities, college scams, and identity theft
    • Question and answer session with a student panel
    • Residence life and dining hall information, with a tour of the residence hall facilities