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Parent Resources

Find answers to many of your questions, interesting facts about IUP, and learn how we will support your student.

The new student orientation experience is not a stand-alone event that prepares you for the college experience. The IUP orientation program will engage you with tasks and activities before and after attending your online program. Please read the content below to learn how to prepare yourself for this experience. Note there are some essential tasks that need to be completed to develop your fall course schedule.

Our office is currently working remotely. Please email us at orientation-testing@iup.edu for assistance.

All orientations for students entering IUP in spring 2022 will be virtual via Zoom.

How to prepare for your orientation experience:

  1. Accepted students will be invited to orientation after they pay their tuition deposit. The remainder of this checklist will review essential steps students need to complete to prepare for the orientation experience.
  2. Register for Orientation. We will be opening the freshmen registration process in early March and the transfer registration in mid-March. Visit MyIUP to sign up for your program. An instructional video is also located there to assist with this process.
  3. Access the HAWKS 100 course or Transfer Pre-Orientation course (based on your admission category) to complete some pre-program tasks.  Freshmen are expected to complete the following essential items (found in the HAWKS 100 course) before they attend their orientation program:

    1. Math placement testing

    2. English guided self-placement process. This video provides an overview on how to access Math and English testing materials.

    3. View the Liberal Studies informational video

    4. Complete the course interest survey. This video provides an overview on how to access and complete the course interest survey

  4. Complete placement testing. Transfer students will be notified approximately one week before their program on what placement testing they will be required to complete.
  5. Continue to check your IUP email account. Incoming students will receive additional program details through their IUP email account. This is the official method of communication for the university. Please be sure to check your account frequently to receive information about your orientation program and other announcements through the summer months.
  6. After participating in your program, complete the HAWKS 101 course.
  7. Prepare for your Welcome Week experience.
  8. Participate in additional content-specific drop-in meetings that will be advertised through HAWKS 101.

For an overview of Orientation activities, please see the orientation schedule page.


Freshmen, transfer students, and students attending our Northpointe and Punxsutawney campuses need to register. See the dates listed below for your program. 

Placement Testing Overview: What you need to know

All incoming students are required to complete placement testing before classes can be scheduled. Sometimes students have questions related to what is required. Attending this Zoom meeting can assist you with completing the necessary placement tests in a timely fashion.

Walkthrough Tours

Learn more about campus amenities and the local region by visiting this website. Enjoy the opportunities to learn what makes IUP a special place to learn and grow.

Student Orientation Programs and Dates (for students starting classes in January 2022)

Orientation is required for all incoming students, both freshman and transfer. Along the way, you'll learn about campus services available to you and much more. All orientations will be online.

See the complete list of dates below. All orientations will be virtual via Zoom.

Freshman Orientation

  • January 11 - 12, 2022

Transfer Orientation

  • December 3, 2021
  • January 10, 2022

Northpointe Orientation

  • January 13, 2022

Punxsutawney Orientation

  • January 13, 2022

Parent and Family Orientation

Because family support is critical to your student's success, we would like to encourage you to participate with them during their online orientation experience.

You can learn more about resources and services for students in our Wednesday Webinars for Parent and Family Members.


Student Success Leader Search Starting

The Office of New Student Orientation is searching for new Student Success Leaders for the summer of 2022.

Orientation 2021: A Remote Experience

The Office of New Student Orientation is in the process of delivering transitional information and experiences to the incoming class of 2025.  The programs are being facilitated in a similar fashion as in the summer of 2020, online via Zoom, with additional content being shared through the HAWKS 100 and HAWKS 101 courses.

Virtual Majors Fair, Available for All Students

The Major and Career Exploration Center and the Student Government Association are excited to share the first Virtual Majors Fair. The “fair” experience is based on the Flipgrid platform and provides flexibility for viewing on your schedule.

Major and Career Exploration Center 2021 Spring Hours

The Major and Career Exploration Center will be providing remote services for the spring 2021 semester. Students who are considering a major change and need some assistance are encouraged to access the Zoom drop in hours.

Student Success Leader Information Sessions

The Office of New Student Orientation will facilitate three information sessions in October 2020 for students who are interested in the Student Success Leader position.