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Realizing that the first semester of college sets the tone for all future semesters, we have created the IUP Orientation program to ensure that students begin their first college semester positively.

The IUP placement testing program provides students with the information necessary to register for at their correct readiness level for appropriate first-year courses. Initial registration in courses appropriate to past experience and learning are among the best predictors of student success in English, mathematics, reading, and foreign language courses. Early successes will not only make learning a more positive experience, but will also strengthen the student’s self confidence and encourage retention.

Orientation is mandatory. Apart from placement testing and academic preparation, orientation provides an opportunity for students to meet new friends, become comfortable with our campus, and get a sense of life in a college environment. The IUP Orientation program also guides students through the results of their placement testing, IUP course selection, and the registration process. Students will also participate in one of the most important aspects of college—their first advising session with a faculty member from their department or college.

For full growth and development during college, students need a range of experiences in interpersonal relations, academics, critical thinking, and cocurricular activities. Orientation introduces students to many of the experiences waiting for them here at IUP! Our trained staff consists of current students, faculty, and staff who particularly enjoy working with first-year students. Join us this January (January admits only — condensed) or Spring*/Summer (Fall admits) for this lively educational program tailored to meet the needs of entering freshmen.

The Student Orientation Program Includes:

  • An introduction to the Liberal Studies program
  • Introduction to living in an academic community
  • The role and necessity of academic integrity in the college experience
  • Placement testing in English, mathematics, reading, and foreign languages
  • Interpretation of test results and Fall course ranking and/or selection
  • Meetings with college-designated faculty advisors
  • An overview of judicial and campus safety information
  • A workshop devoted to the transition to college
  • Diversity training for attending a multicultural campus
  • A residence hall living experience (mandatory; the program extends well into the evening)
  • Meals
  • Workshops on topics enhancing your academic, personal, and career success in college and about making safe choices in extracurricular and social activities

*January and Spring orientation offer a condensed program and will not include all of the above.

Freshman Orientation Program Dates Typically Include:

  • January admits: One date(s) per campus
    • Northpointe: approximately one week before the start of January classes
    • Indiana campus: two days at the end of the week before classes
    • Punxsutawney: one day the weekend before classes
  • Fall Admits: Northpointe—several one-day programs throughout the summer; no parent program
  • Indiana Campus: Two spring* dates and summer orientation dates that begin just after Memorial Day and continue through June. Our two-day summer programs typically run on Sunday/Monday, Tuesday/Wednesday, Thursday/Friday each week in June.
  • Punxsutawney: The Saturday before classes start in August. This takes place on the Punxsutawney campus.
  • Students select and/or are assigned an orientation date based on various considerations, including, but not limited to, admission category and date of tuition deposit. Enrollment materials will outline how a date change may be easily requested. Changes made within the time frame specified in the letter of invitation should be able to be accommodated.
  • Information about Orientation will be mailed starting in March. The letter will refer students to the website on which they must enroll for Orientation and through which they will secure detailed information (including FAQ) about the program. At the time of the mailing, the Orientation enrollment website will become active as well.

Please choose the appropriate category for more information about available student orientations: