New Student Orientation

Prepare for advising & registration at New Student Orientation

Students should begin checking their IU Bloomington (IUB) email regularly, so that they don’t miss critical information sent by University Division (UD) and other campus offices.

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

First semester success begins now.

  • We provide steps for students to use when preparing to meet with an academic advisor at NSO.
  • Encourage your student to find courses which match their interests and strengths. UD students plan for two major options; they can use Explore Programs before NSO to identify major and course options. They should bring any notes about majors and courses to NSO.
  • Placement exam scores help advisors recommend the most appropriate courses for your student. They can access both the required (Math, Foreign Language) and optional (Chemistry, Biology, Calculus) placement exams online now
  • Your student will take a variety of courses—GenEds, recommended beginning major courses, 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 IUB Health Professions and Prelaw Center (HPPLC).  

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 to meet with an academic advisor at NSO.
  • Encourage your student to find courses matching interests and strengths. UD students plan for two major options; they can use Explore Programs before NSO to identify major and course options. They should bring any notes about majors and courses to NSO.
  • Placement exam scores help advisors recommend the most appropriate courses for your student. They can access both the required (Math, Foreign Language) and optional (Chemistry, Biology, Calculus) placement exams online now
  • Your student will take a variety of courses—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 IUB Health Professions and Prelaw Center (HPPLC).  
  • The Office of International Services (OIS) is here to help your student succeed at IU Bloomington. We encourage you to read their multi-lingual parent resource page

First semester success begins now.

  • We provide steps for your student to use when preparing to meet with an academic advisor at NSO.
  • Encourage your student to find courses which match their interests and strengths. UD students plan for two major options; they can use Explore Programs before NSO to identify major and course options. They should bring any notes about majors and courses 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.
  • Placement exam scores help advisors recommend the most appropriate courses for your student. They can access both the required (Math, Foreign Language) and optional (Chemistry, Biology, Calculus) placement exams online now
  • Your student will take a variety of courses—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 IUB Health Professions and Prelaw Center (HPPLC).