Day One

Arrival 

Parking

Orientation parking is available in Lot 63, east of the Maple-Willow-Larch Residence Halls. When you arrive on campus, stop at the parking tent near the entrance of Lot 63 to receive your orientation parking pass.

Lot 63

8:00–10:00 a.m.   

Registration

Pick up your orientation materials at 0020 Hixson-Lied Student Success Center between 8-10:00 am on Day One. You may customize your arrival time to fit the activities you will attend on Day One.

0020 Hixson-Lied Student Success Building

8:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m. 

Maple Hall Check-In

Staying overnight on campus? Check-in for your stay. No advanced reservations required. Cashless payment accepted at check-in.

Maple-Willow-Larch Conference Desk

8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
8:00–10:30 a.m. (Sunday)

ISUCard

Be sure to bring your non-expired state or federal issued photo ID, such as a passport, drivers license, identification card, learners permit, or military ID, in addition to your university identification number, to get your ISUCard.

0530 Beardshear Hall

9:00–9:25 a.m.   

University Billing and U

The university bill (UBill) is the source for communicating university charges to students electronically via AccessPlus. Learn about payment plans, how to pay your UBill, how to set up third party access, and utilizing financial aid toward UBill charges.

0127 Curtiss Hall

9:00–9:50 a.m. 

Sororities and Fraternities

Iowa State sorority and fraternity leaders and staff will talk about the benefits of sorority and fraternity membership by sharing stories of academic and civic engagement, friendship, leadership, and social justice. The session will cover why students choose to join, how to join each of our four councils, and what the experience will be like after joining.

Maintenance Shop, Memorial Union

9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Student Accessibility Services Consultation

Students with a documented disability or those with questions about their disability status should visit with SAS during orientation to discuss reasonable accommodations. Make an appointment by contacting accessibility@iastate.edu or calling 515-294-7220.

Appointments encouraged

9:10–9:50 a.m.   

Campus Walking Tour

Meet a Cyclone Aide at the Fountain of the Four Seasons outside the Memorial Union for a guided tour of campus.

Fountain of the Four Seasons, Memorial Union

9:30–9:55 a.m.

University Billing and U

The university bill (UBill) is the source for communicating university charges to students electronically via AccessPlus. Learn about payment plans, how to pay your UBill, how to set up third party access, and utilizing financial aid toward UBill charges.

0127 Curtiss Hall

10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Residence Hall Open Houses

Stop by to see a representative room and learn more about what each area has to offer. You are welcome to visit multiple communities during your orientation. Locations will be provided at check-in.

Various locations

10:00–10:50 a.m.  

Financial Aid Overview

Financial Aid will provide information on financial aid programs and processes so you and your family are prepared to make informed decisions about your options. An overview of the FAFSA, types of financial aid, steps required to secure aid and planning resources will be discussed.

0127 Curtiss Hall

10:10–10:50 a.m. 

Campus Walking Tour

Meet a Cyclone Aide at the Fountain of the Four Seasons outside the Memorial Union for a guided tour of campus.

Fountain of the Four Seasons, Memorial Union

10:15–11:00 a.m.

First-Year Honors Program Orientation

Students accepted into the First-Year Honors Program are invited to learn about the Honors program and course offerings and how participating in the Honors Program will impact your Iowa State adventure.

1155 Jischke Honors Building

11:00–11:50 a.m.

Financial Aid Overview

Financial Aid will provide information on financial aid programs and processes so you and your family are prepared to make informed decisions about your options. An overview of the FAFSA, types of financial aid, steps required to secure aid and planning resources will be discussed.

0127 Curtiss Hall

11:00–11:50 a.m.

Sororities and Fraternities

Iowa State sorority and fraternity leaders and staff will talk about the benefits of sorority and fraternity membership by sharing stories of academic and civic engagement, friendship, leadership, and social justice. The session will cover why students choose to join, how to join each of our four councils, and what the experience will be like after joining.

Maintenance Shop, Memorial Union

11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. 

Cyclone Marching Band

Learn about the Cyclone Marching Band.

140 Simon Estes Music Hall

11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Meet the Iowa State Choir Conductors

Drop by to learn about choir opportunities and receive information on choir registration.

111 Simon Estes Music Hall

11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Lunch on Your Own

Lunch is available to purchase in several locations including Friley Windows Dining Center, the Memorial Union Food Court, and The Hub. Some locations are closed on Sundays; local restaurants will be open.

Guests with special dietary needs are encouraged to discuss options before orientation by contacting ISU Dining at diningrd@iastate.edu or by calling 515-294-3856.

Check the ISU Dining website for hours, menus, and locations.

Friley Windows Dining Center, The Memorial Union Food Court, The Hub

11:10–11:50 a.m.

Campus Walking Tour

Meet a Cyclone Aide at the Fountain of the Four Seasons outside the Memorial Union for a guided tour of campus.

Fountain of the Four Seasons, Memorial Union

11:15 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Parks Library Tour

Learn about the library’s spaces, collections and services. Enjoy a tour of the library, including the famous Grant Wood murals.

198 Parks Library

1:00–2:45 p.m.

Being New at ISU – Student Program

In this required session, join Cyclone Aides for an exciting session about life as a Cyclone. You will learn about campus life and involvement, safety and wellness, money management, next steps, and so much more. Compete with your team in the Ultimate Cyclone Challenge and put your knowledge to the test!

Sun Room, Memorial Union

1:00–2:45 p.m. 

Key Topics for Family Members

In this session for family members, you will learn about health and wellness, living on campus, selecting a meal plan, as well as an overview of AccessPlus, transportation, and campus safety. Hear from Cyclone Aides about how they made the most of their first six weeks on campus and how you can support your Cyclone in making the most of theirs.

Great Hall, Memorial Union

3:00–5:00 p.m.

College Connections

Experience a welcome to your academic college and learn about your academic program. Attendance is required in order to register for your classes on Day Two. This session includes important academic information about selecting your fall courses and registering for classes.

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (0127 Curtiss Hall)

Ivy College of Business (1148 Gerdin Business Building)

College of Design (Lee Liu Auditorium, Howe Hall)

College of Engineering (2055 Hoover Hall)

College of Human Sciences (1210 LeBaron Hall)

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (1001 Troxel Hall)

Locations vary based on college

5:00–6:00 p.m.

Dinner

Cyclone Aides will join you to answer your questions while you experience Friley Windows for dinner. Dinner offers an orientation rate of $10 per person.

Friley Windows Dining Center

6:30–7:30 p.m.

Evening Recreation

Students can enjoy volleyball, basketball, Ultimate Frisbee, or board games. Please wear closed-toe athletic shoes if you plan to participate.

State Gym

6:30–7:30 p.m.

Family Coffee

In this casual atmosphere, relax over a cup of coffee while connecting with other families and Cyclone Aides

Ground Floor, Union Drive Community Center

8:00–9:00 p.m.

The Scoop

Staying on campus? Wrap-up your day by having a scoop and getting the scoop. Join the Cyclone Aides in the Maple Hall Main Lounge for casual conversation. Make friends, hang out, and have fun!

Maple Hall Main Lounge

Day Two

8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Academic Advising Appointment

During this time, you will meet with an academic advisor and register for your fall classes. Your advising appointment information is provided during College Connections on Day One.

Various locations

9:00–11:00 a.m.   

Resource Fair

Come and browse! Campus and community representatives provide materials about programs, activities, and services at Iowa State. Students can register for Destination Iowa State.

Student Innovation Center

9:00–9:25 a.m.

University Billing and U

The university bill (UBill) is the source for communicating university charges to students electronically via AccessPlus. Learn about payment plans, how to pay your UBill, how to set up third party access, and utilizing financial aid toward UBill charges.

0127 Curtiss Hall

9:00–9:50 a.m.

Sororities and Fraternities

Iowa State sorority and fraternity leaders and staff will talk about the benefits of sorority and fraternity membership by sharing stories of academic and civic engagement, friendship, leadership, and social justice. The session will cover why students choose to join, how to join each of our four councils, and what the experience will be like after joining.

Maintenance Shop, Memorial Union

9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.   

Student Accessibility Services Consultation

Students with a documented disability or those with questions about their disability status should visit with SAS during orientation to discuss reasonable accommodations. Make an appointment by contacting accessibility@iastate.edu or calling 515-294-7220.

Appointments encouraged

9:10–9:50 a.m. 

Campus Walking Tour

Meet a Cyclone Aide at the Fountain of the Four Seasons outside the Memorial Union for a guided tour of campus.

Fountain of the Four Seasons, Memorial Union

9:30–9:55 a.m.

University Billing and U

The university bill (UBill) is the source for communicating university charges to students electronically via AccessPlus. Learn about payment plans, how to pay your UBill, how to set up third party access, and utilizing financial aid toward UBill charges.

0127 Curtiss Hall

10:00–10:50 a.m. 

Financial Aid Overview

Financial Aid will provide information on financial aid programs and processes so you and your family are prepared to make informed decisions about your options. An overview of the FAFSA, types of financial aid, steps required to secure aid and planning resources will be discussed.

0127 Curtiss Hall

9:30–9:55 a.m.

University Billing and U

The university bill (UBill) is the source for communicating university charges to students electronically via AccessPlus. Learn about payment plans, how to pay your UBill, how to set up third party access, and utilizing financial aid toward UBill charges.

0127 Curtiss Hall

10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Residence Hall Open Houses

Stop by to see a representative room and learn more about what each area has to offer. You are welcome to visit multiple communities during your orientation. Locations will be provided at check-in.

Various locations

10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Financial Aid Overview

Financial Aid will provide information on financial aid programs and processes so you and your family are prepared to make informed decisions about your options. An overview of the FAFSA, types of financial aid, steps required to secure aid and planning resources will be discussed.

0127 Curtiss Hall

10:10–10:50 a.m. 

Center for LGBTQIA+ Student Success

Stop by The Center, where students will receive information about connecting to community and leadership opportunities that foster personal and academic success for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, intersex, asexual, and allied students.

4th floor, Memorial Union

10:10–10:50 a.m.

Campus Walking Tour

Meet a Cyclone Aide at the Fountain of the Four Seasons outside the Memorial Union for a guided tour of campus.

Fountain of the Four Seasons, Memorial Union

11:00–11:50 a.m.

Financial Aid Overview

Financial Aid will provide information on financial aid programs and processes so you and your family are prepared to make informed decisions about your options. An overview of the FAFSA, types of financial aid, steps required to secure aid and planning resources will be discussed.

0127 Curtiss Hall

11:00–11:50 a.m.

Sororities and Fraternities

Iowa State sorority and fraternity leaders and staff will talk about the benefits of sorority and fraternity membership by sharing stories of academic and civic engagement, friendship, leadership, and social justice. The session will cover why students choose to join, how to join each of our four councils, and what the experience will be like after joining.

Maintenance Shop, Memorial Union

11:10–11:50 a.m.

Campus Walking Tour

Meet a Cyclone Aide at the Fountain of the Four Seasons outside the Memorial Union for a guided tour of campus.

Fountain of the Four Seasons, Memorial Union

11:15 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Parks Library Tour

Learn about the library’s spaces, collections and services. Enjoy a tour of the library, including the famous Grant Wood murals.

198 Parks Library

Additional activities

7:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. (Monday–Friday)
12:00–4:00 p.m. (Saturday–Sunday)

Set up and Secure Your IT Accounts

Use the Parks Library computers to get your accounts set up and secured, including Net-ID, multi-factor authentication (MFA), and password reset. Need help? The IT Solution Center is close by for technical support. Save yourself a trip by going to the Information Technology Services page and take care of these important tasks before orientation.

First floor, Parks Library

8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. (Sunday) 

Financial Aid Walk-In Service

Many of your financial aid questions will be answered during the Financial Aid Overview session. If you have specific questions about your aid, meet with a financial aid advisor at this time.

0210 Beardshear Hall

8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Iowa State Memory Maker

Download the Scavify app to participate in this exCYting photo scavenger hunt through campus! Learn about Iowa State history and traditions while snapping some iconic photos. If you complete the hunt, come to the New Student Programs office in 2630 Memorial Union to claim your prize!

Various locations

8:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Information Station

Stop by the information station in Beardshear Hall.

Ground floor lobby, Beardshear Hall
9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. (Monday–Friday)
10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. (Saturday)
10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. (Sunday)

Visit the University Book Store

Prepare for your Iowa State adventure as your ISU Book Store team guides you through how to use your AccessPlus book list. Get a free t-shirt when you pre-order your textbooks. Get your free Microsoft Office 365 when you visit TechCyte and learn about the tech you need.

First floor, Memorial Union

9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Recreation Services Self-Guided Tour

Tour the recreation facilities at State Gym. Stop by the front service desk to pick up a tour handout and explore at your own pace.

State Gym

10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Admissions Drop-In

Do you have questions for admissions? Stop by to talk with an admissions counselor.

First floor, Enrollment Services Center