First Steps

Students walking on steps at Wells Library

Congratulations on being admitted to Indiana University Bloomington!

As you begin to make the transition from high school to college, you’re going to have a lot of questions.  In University Division, your first official “home” at IUB, academic advisors are experienced with helping students as they prepare for college life and academic work.  We look forward to working together with you at orientation, and over the next year, as you ask and answer the questions that will help you find your way. 

Fortunately, not every question has to be answered before you start at IUB.  But the five “First Steps” below cover the most essential questions.  It’s important for you to complete these steps as you prepare for your academic advising appointment at orientation. If you will do your part, we promise to do ours in helping you take the best and most successful first steps toward a degree at IUB.

Preparing for Advising & Registration

  1. Step 1

    Learn With Purpose

    What should I consider when planning my education at Indiana University Bloomington?

  2. Step 2

    Explore Majors, Minors & Certificates

    Of the majors offered at Indiana University Bloomington, which ones are a good fit for me?

  3. Step 3

    Choose Courses

    How do I learn more about classes that will meet requirements, interest me and help me succeed? 

  4. Step 4

    Investigate Careers

    What resources will help me explore careers that match my values, interests, skills, and personality?

  5. Step 5

    Utilize Planning Tools

    What online tools will I use to prepare for orientation?  

If you have any questions before you come to Bloomington, please use your IU email account to contact us at