Frequently Asked Questions

On Iowa is an immersion experience for all new first-year students; members of the Class of 2019 are expected to attend; whereas transfer students are invited to attend. On Iowa! will provide a comprehensive introduction to University life, including the skills necessary to be a successful University of Iowa student within and beyond the classroom. During On Iowa!, you will build connections with new and current students, learn about University history and traditions and become familiar with the expectations of The IOWA Challenge. You’ll learn about what to expect academically, the differences between high school and college, and getting engaged on campus will also be emphasized.

On Iowa! for students enrolling for Fall Semester 2015 will be Aug. 21-23. Classes begin August 24. Class of 2019 members living the residence halls will move in between Tuesday (August 18)  through Thursday (August 21) by assignment from University Housing & Dining. There will be many optional and late night activities offered between August 18-21, so no matter when you get to campus, there will be lots to do!

All members of the Class of 2019 are expected to attend On Iowa! on Friday, August 21-Sunday, August 23. (Optional activities during the heavy residence hall move-in days – August 18-20 – will keep you busy.) New transfer students (coming from another institution) are invited to attend all elements of the On Iowa program. The program is an introduction to the resources and skills you’ll need for a successful college experience within and beyond the classroom.

If you have a conflict that may prevent you from attending any of the components of On Iowa! scheduled between Friday, August 21-Saturday, August 23, contact the On Iowa program (oniowaprogam@uiowa.edu) by Friday, August 14 so we may discuss an alternative plan and steps you will need to take as a University student. Reasonable conflicts might include, but are not limited to, medical need, dependent child care, severe illness, unexpected family emergencies, or active military duty.

During Orientation students meet with an academic advisor, register for first semester classes, and get introduced to campus resources. On Iowa! focuses on getting to know and becoming a part of the campus community. It also introduces important academic success skills, teaches Iowa traditions, and connects students with opportunities to get involved on campus.

First things first: Get settled into your residence hall room or apartment. Then, walk, drive, or ride the Cambus to the Iowa Memorial Union. There, you’ll find On Iowa! staff ready to help you with check-in, answer any questions, and hand off a bag of program materials and freebies.

Check-in for all On Iowa! participants occurs in the Second Floor Ballroom, IMU

  • Wednesday, August 19 (9 a.m.- 5p.m.)
  • Thursday, August 20 (9 a.m.-5 p.m.)
  • Friday, August 21 (9 a.m.-2 p.m.)  

Student check-in is required. All students must check in for On Iowa! prior to the first meeting on Friday, August 21.

Your acceptance fee covers the cost of attending On Iowa!, including  meals, optional activities, and late-night entertainment.

On Iowa! is for all first-year students, including those living off campus.

Students living off-campus may request free parking in the Hancher Parking Lot (#55) to attend On Iowa! activities that occur on Tuesday, August 18-Friday, August 21 (7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.). [Note that on Tuesday-Friday after 4:30 p.m. and all-day on Saturday and Sunday, parking in Hancher Lot (#55) is free.]  Contact the On Iowa program (oniowaprogram@uiowa.edu) by Friday, August 11 if you need a parking permit during the days of August 18-21; include your name, dates you are planning to use the permit, and which day you are planning to check-in to the On Iowa program. We will have your permit ready for you when you check-in to the On Iowa program at the IMU (you may use one of the 15-minute meters outside of the IMU during check-in). After the August 14 deadline, free parking permits are made on a first-come, first-served request during the On Iowa Check-in process.

 

  • Walking: You will be walking a lot during the program (see Disability & Mobility Accommodations if you need assistance). Be sure to wear appropriate footwear.
  • Cambus: The University’s free bus service will be operating on its regular service schedule beginning August 18. There will be special shuttles provided to certain events. Take a look at the On Iowa Transportation page  for more information.
  • Driving: Students living off-campus may request free parking in the Hancher Parking Lot (#55) to attend On Iowa! activities that occur on Tuesday, August 18-Friday, August 21 (7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.). [Note that on Tuesday-Friday after 4:30 p.m. and all-day on Saturday and Sunday, parking in Hancher Lot (#55) is free.]  Contact the On Iowa program (oniowaprogram@uiowa.edu) by Friday, August 14 if you need a parking permit during the days of August 18-21; include your name, dates you are planning to use the permit, and which day you are planning to check-in to the On Iowa program. We will have your permit ready for you when you check-in to the On Iowa program at the IMU (you may use one of the 15-minute meters outside of the IMU during check-in). After the August 14 deadline, free parking permits are made on a first-come, first-served request during the On Iowa Check-in process.

We want to be sure that you’re able to participate fully in On Iowa! If you are a person with a disability who required an accommodation to participate in this program, please contact the On Iowa program (oniowaprogram@uiowa.edu) by Wednesday, August 12.

Yourself and a great attitude. At On Iowa! check-in you’ll get a swag bag with freebies and your On Iowa! handbook. You should plan on bringing your student ID, On Iowa! bag and handbook with you to all On Iowa! events.

We highly encourage participants to carry a refillable water bottle in order to keep hydrated throughout On Iowa!

If you are living off campus, or you do not have a University meal plan, two meals will be provided during the official On Iowa! program: dinner on Friday and dinner on Sunday. You may also eat in the Market Places:  $7/breakfast, and $10/lunch or dinner. (Note: Burge and Hillcrest Market Places are cashless; meals by be purchased by U-Bill or credit card only.) There is a free special lunch for first-year (Class of 2019) off-campus students planned on Friday, August 21 (Noon-1:30 p.m.). An invitation about this lunch will be mailed to you.

Family members are encouraged to help their students get settled into their new living spaces, and perhaps make a trip to the store to pick up any last minute items or grab a bite to eat. After that, it’s time to say good-bye. Families, you can leave campus knowing that University and On Iowa! staff are working hard to support your students as they make the transition to college life.
 
There are two sets of workshops in which families are welcome and encourage to attend:
 
So Your Student is Now a College Student? How to help your student successfully transition to life as a Hawkeye
 
Description:  Families play an important role in their students’ transition to college. This session will give you tips to best support your student throughout their transition and first year at the University of Iowa. This session will give you information about what points in the semester are important for you to provide extra support, how you can help your student cope with homesickness, and what to expect from your student’s first year at the University of Iowa
 
When: Tuesday, August 18 (2:00-2:50 p.m.), Illinois Room, IMU
           Wednesday, August 19 (2:00-2:50 p.m.), Illinois Room, IMU
           Thursday, August 20 (2:00-2:50 p.m.), Illinois Room, IMU
 
Fraternity & Sorority Life:  Parent Orientation Sessions
 
Description:  Parents are invited to join us for more specific information about the 2015 Fall recruitment process.  This will be an opportunity for parents to ask questions about the joining process and to learn more about being Greek at Iowa.
 
When:    Wednesday, August 19 (3:00-3:50 p.m.), Illinois Room, IMU
              Thursday, August 20 (3:00-3:50 p.m.), Iowa Theater, IMU

As part of the transition into the university family, transfer students are welcome attend the On Iowa! program. Transfer students are already bringing some academic experience from a former institution. On Iowa! will provide a chance to connect with other transfer students, learn about University of Iowa traditions and resources, and explore activities and student organizations on campus.

See On Iowa! for transfer students for additional information.