Registration for summer/fall 2022 orientation is available at this time. Within a week of accepting your offer of admission you should receive an invitation via email to register for either OnCyte or online orientation.

For the summer/fall 2022, you’ll be able to choose your orientation adventure by deciding if you want to attend OnCyte Orientation and face-to-face advising or experience online orientation and virtual advising. You will learn about Iowa State's campus, discover essential resources, and register for your first semester of classes.

If it has been at least a week since you accepted your offer of admission and you’ve checked your spam or junk email contact New Student Programs at 515-294-5492 or and we will be happy to help you.

OnCyte Orientation sessions are specific to your major. Use the orientation registration link provided to you by email to view dates available to you. 1.5 day freshman orientation programs are held in June and 1-day transfer programs are held in April, May, and July. 

Yes, both first-year and transfer students must complete one of the orientation paths before your academic advising appointment and course registration.

You will receive an email from New Student Programs with the link to complete your orientation experience. You will also need to have your Net-ID handy for login. If you have enabled OKTA, you will log in with that feature.

You will be able to work at your own pace, and we recommend you set aside at least four hours to complete online orientation. You can spend as much or as little time as you need learning about the topics that will help you successfully transition to Iowa State University. 

You can work through the information at your own pace. However, we encourage you to dedicate an uninterrupted, appropriate amount of time so you can fully absorb the information and prepare for course registration. Come back at any time to revisit the data or review the checklist to get ready to transition to Iowa State.

You will not be able to register for classes.

Contact the New Student Programs office with questions at 515-294-0801 or

If you are attending OnCyte Orientation, your advising appointment will take place on Day Two and you will receive information during the College Connections session on Day One.

If you are participating in online orientation, instructions for scheduling your virtual advising appointment are included in online orientation in the Academics and Course Registration section. Be sure to regularly check your Iowa State email for details on your personalized virtual appointment.

If you need to request an accommodation for OnCyte Orientation, please contact Student Accessibility Services at least two weeks prior your orientation session.   

Online orientation utilizes universal design and is supportive to students with all abilities. In addition, you can contact Student Accessibility Services to learn more about how Iowa State supports students' reasonable accommodations.

Visit the Student Accessibility Services website or email

International Students and Scholars Office coordinates orientation for international students. Please get in touch with them for more information.

All students, including international students, are invited to Destination Iowa State events.

Register for orientation as soon as possible to have the most options available to you. OnCyte Orientation programs conclude the last week of June. If you register for orientation after this date, online orientation will be available to you. 

Online Orientation

We recommend beginning online orientation as soon as it becomes available.

If you are a transfer student, online orientation will open for transfer students on April 3. Complete as soon as possible to request your academic advising appointment and register for courses.

If you are a freshman, you should complete online orientation no later than five days before your academic advising appointment.

Online orientation will be open through the first week of classes to assist students at any step of their journey. 

If you are attending OnCyte Orientation, you will be able to stop at the ISUCard Office to take care of this.

If completing online orientation, you can pick up your ISUCard when you're on campus or during Destination Iowa State.

Check the ISUCard Office website for their hours.

This once-in-a-lifetime, team-based student-only event helps students navigate campus, connect with other new students, and have a lot of fun while preparing for the first day of class.

Destination Iowa State will be held Thursday, August 18–Saturday, August 20, 2022.

Destination Iowa State is an event exclusive to new students at Iowa State University just before the beginning of fall and spring semesters. 

Making connections to the people and places of your new Cyclone Home is an important part of your transition to Iowa State. Destination Iowa State is a once in a lifetime event gives students the chance to meet new people, connect with experienced students, have tons of fun, and explore campus.

Absolutely. We have a specific track for transfer students during Destination Iowa State developed based on feedback from transfer students

View our event schedule.

Residence halls open on Tuesday, August 16. The Department of Residence will send information to you directly.


Contact New Student Programs