Day One

 

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

Lot 63

8:00–10:00 a.m. 

Orientation 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 a.m.–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

8:30–9:00 a.m. 

Mapping Your Orientation
Cyclone Aide Advisors will facilitate an overview of your orientation experience to help you navigate campus, plan your schedule, and make the most of your next two days.

101 Carver 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
9:00–9:30 a.m.

Mapping Your Orientation
Cyclone Aide Advisors will facilitate an overview of your orientation experience to help you navigate campus, plan your schedule, and make the most of your next two days.

101 Carver 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.

TBD

9:00 a.m.–noon

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. Students are advised to bring as much relevant documentation as possible and are encouraged to reach out to us ahead of time should they have questions about our guidelines.

Appointments encouraged. To schedule: call 515-294-7220 or email: accessibility@iastate.edu

1060 Hixson-Lied Student Success

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

9:30–10:00 a.m.

Mapping Your Orientation
Cyclone Aide Advisors will facilitate an overview of your orientation experience to help you navigate campus, plan your schedule, and make the most of your next two days.

101 Carver Hall

10:00–10:30 a.m.

Mapping Your Orientation
Cyclone Aide Advisors will facilitate an overview of your orientation experience to help you navigate campus, plan your schedule, and make the most of your next two days.

101 Carver Hall
10:00 a.m.–noon

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 on the West Terrace outside the Memorial Union for a guided tour of campus.

Memorial Union West Terrace
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, Honors course offerings, and opportunities for personalizing their Iowa State careers.

1151 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.

TBD
11:00 a.m.–noon

Cyclone Marching Band
Learn about the Cyclone Marching Band.

Cyclone Marching Band

140 Simon Estes Music Hall
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Meet the ISU Choir Conductors
Drop by to learn about choir opportunities and receive information on choir registration.

111 Simon Estes Music Hall
11:10–11:50 a.m.

Campus Walking Tour
Meet a Cyclone Aide on the West Terrace outside the Memorial Union for a guided tour of campus.

Memorial Union West Terrace
11:15–11:45 a.m.

Campus Safety with ISUPD
Join the Iowa State University Police Department for information on the many safety services provided to the Iowa State community. From best practices in community policing to safety apps that bring tools to your fingertips, ISUPD will highlight a few of the many resources on campus to support Cyclones.

Campanile Room, Memorial Union
11:15 a.m.–noon

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
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Lunch on Your Own
Lunch is available to purchase in several locations including the Memorial Union Food Court, The Hub, and Seasons Marketplace. 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 515-294-3812. Check the ISU Dining website for hours, menus, and locations. Cashless payment accepted.

ISU Dining

The Memorial Union Food Court, The Hub, or Seasons Marketplace
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 and guests, 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 Hal, 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.

  • Agriculture and Life Sciences (0127 Curtiss Hall)
  • Ivy College of Business (1148 Gerdin Business Building)
  • Design (Design 101)
  • Engineering (2055 Hoover Hall)
  • Human Sciences (1210 LeBaron Hall)
  • 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 Seasons Marketplace for dinner. Dinner offers an orientation rate of $10 per person. Cashless payment accepted.

Seasons Marketplace
6:15–7:30 p.m.

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

Lied Recreation Center
7:30–8:30 p.m.

The Scoop
Staying on campus? Wrap-up your day by having a scoop and getting the scoop. Join the Cyclone Aides for casual conversation. Hang out and have fun.

Maple Hall Main Lounge

Day Two

6:30–9:00 a.m.

Breakfast
Breakfast is available to purchase at Seasons Marketplace. Cashless payment accepted.

Seasons Marketplace

8:00 a.m.–noon

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

9:00–9:25 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.

TBD

9:00 a.m.–noon

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. Students are advised to bring as much relevant documentation as possible and are encouraged to reach out to us ahead of time should they have questions about our guidelines.

Appointments encouraged. To schedule: call 515-294-7220 or email: accessibility@iastate.edu

1060 Hixson-Lied Student Success

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
10:00 a.m.–noon

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
10:00 a.m.–noon 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.–noon

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
10:00 a.m.–noon

Multicultural Student Affairs Open House
Stop by the Multicultural Center in the Memorial Union to meet the Multicultural Student Affairs staff and learn about resources for students of color on campus.

Multicultural Center, Memorial Union
10:10–10:50 a.m.

Campus Walking Tour
Meet a Cyclone Aide on the West Terrace outside the Memorial Union for a guided tour of campus.

Memorial Union West Terrace
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.

TBD
11:10–11:50 a.m.

Campus Walking Tour
Meet a Cyclone Aide on the West Terrace outside the Memorial Union for a guided tour of campus.

Memorial Union West Terrace
11:15–11:45 a.m.

Campus Safety with ISUPD
Join the Iowa State University Police Department for information on the many safety services provided to the Iowa State community. From best practices in community policing to safety apps that bring tools to your fingertips, ISUPD will highlight a few of the many resources on campus to support Cyclones.

Campanile Room, Memorial Union
11:15 a.m.–noon

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

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

Financial Aid Drop-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 5530 Memorial Union to claim your prize!

Various campus locations

9:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. (Monday–Friday)
10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. (Saturday)
10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. (Sunday)

Visit the Iowa State University Book Store
Prepare for your first day of class with textbooks and technology at the ISU Book Store in the Memorial Union. Learn how to access and use your book list and Immediate Access course materials. Find your required computer at TechCyte with the Major Success program, including your FREE Microsoft Office 365. New students get a FREE t-shirt!

First floor, Memorial Union

Times TBD

Get Familiar with Logging On
Using the computers in Parks Library at your convenience, practice logging into your Iowa State applications, like AccessPlus and Canvas. Most all ISU applications are available on your Sign On Dashboard.

Login

Then enter your Iowa State email address and password. Once signed in, check out the different apps available and set up multi-factor authentication, or MFA. If you don’t yet have an Iowa State email address, help is close by. Located within Parks Library, the IT Solution Center is your go-to resource for tech support.

IT Solution Center hours

Parks Library, First Floor

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.–noon

Admissions Drop-in
Do you have questions for admissions? Stop by to talk with an admissions counselor.

Enrollment Services Center, First Floor

8:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Information Station
Have questions? Need directions? Want more information? Stop by one of the information stations.

Ground Floor Lobby, Beardshear Hall or Second Floor, Memorial Union