New Student Orientation

Now is the time to have your student checking their IUB email regularly, so that they don’t miss critical information that advising and other University offices send.

Connect with UD through Twitter! We offer helpful reminders and tips prior to New Student Orientation (NSO). The First Year Experience (FYE) website also provides valuable advice.­

  • Prep for New Students

    First semester success begins now!

    • We provide steps for your student to use when preparing for NSO.
    • Encourage your student to find courses matching interests and strengths. UD students plan for two major options. There is a tool available to help with their major exploration.
    • Placement exam scores help advisors determine appropriate course choices. Your student can log into FY(Me) now to take their required (Math, Foreign Language) and optional (Chemistry, Biology, Calculus) placement exams.
    • Your student will be taking a variety of courses so that there is a mix of curriculum demands—GenEds, major interests, and electives.  A typical first semester is 14-16 credit hours or 4-5 academic courses.
    • If your student is thinking about a career in health or law, they can visit the Health Professions and Prelaw Center (HPPLC).   
  • Prep for International Students

    First semester success begins now!

    • New international students must upload (after US arrival) immigration documents into the iStart Checklist; otherwise, your student will not be able to register for courses.
    • We provide steps for your student to use when preparing for NSO.
    • Encourage your student to find courses matching interests and strengths. UD students plan for two major options. There is a tool available to help with their major exploration.
    • Placement exam scores help advisors determine appropriate course choices. Your student can log into FY(Me) now to take their required (Math, Foreign Language) and optional (Chemistry, Biology, Calculus) placement exams.
    • Your student will be taking a variety of courses so that there is a mix of curriculum demands—GenEds, major interests, and electives. A typical first semester is 14-16 credit hours or 4-5 academic courses.
    • If your student is thinking about a career in health or law, they can visit the Health Professions and Prelaw Center (HPPLC).   
    • The Office of International Services is here to help your student succeed at IU Bloomington. We encourage you to read their multi-lingual parent resource page
  • Prep for Transfer Students

    First semester success begins now!

    • We provide steps for your student to use when preparing for NSO.
      • Your student must fill out the transfer advising pass prior to arriving to NSO.
      • They will need to look up the course equivalencies for any courses not showing up on their IUB unofficial transcript. 
      • Remind them to bring a transcript or full list of non-IU college courses they have completed. 
      • Encourage your student to contact UD early to find out more about time to degree.
      • Encourage your student to find courses matching interests and strengths. UD students plan for two major options. There is a tool available to help with their major exploration.
    • Placement exam scores help advisors determine appropriate course choices. Your student can log into FY(Me) now to take their required (Math, Foreign Language) and optional (Chemistry, Biology, Calculus) placement exams.
    • Your student will be taking a variety of courses so that there is a mix of curriculum demands—GenEds, major interests, and electives.  A typical first semester is 14-16 credit hours or 4-5 academic courses.
    • If your student is thinking about a career in health or law, they can visit the Health Professions and Prelaw Center (HPPLC).
  • During NSO

    Day One Advising

    • Advising during NSO is a two-day session. The first day your student will attend a small-group working meeting. An advisor will review academic requirements and registration planning tools. Your student will select courses and complete an advising pass in preparation for the next day's advising session.
    • While students attend the working meeting, parents and supporters will attend a specific program about academic and career advising. Make sure to attend, as this program will be highly informative!

    Day Two Advising & Registration

    • Your student and their advisor will use the completed advising pass. Groups of 2-4 students will meet with an advisor, who will offer individual guidance as students select and register for classes.
    • The advising and registration session is for students only. Parents and supporters may want to explore the scenic campus or visit one of the many popular local attractions.
    • Students should review their schedules and other important information emailed to them at the conclusion of their session. This schedule is created as a joint effort between them and an advisor. If your student needs to make a schedule change, they can email us from their IU email at udivhelp@indiana.edu.

    Transfer Advising & Registration

    • Transfer advising during NSO is a one-day session. It is critical for your student to complete the Transfer Advising Pass prior to NSO. This will allow for a more productive advising and registration experience.
    • Students will attend an informational meeting in the morning. In the afternoon, groups of 2-4 students will meet with an advisor. The advisor will offer individual guidance on your student’s Transfer Advising Pass and support them in registering for classes. 
    • Students should review their schedules and other important information emailed to them at the conclusion of their session. This schedule is created as a joint effort between them and an advisor. If your student needs to make a schedule change, they can email us from their IU email at udivhelp@indiana.edu.