Welcome to On Iowa!

On Iowa! Welcome Class of 2021 - Watch highlights from the 2016 event.

Get your start as a Hawkeye at On Iowa!—a welcome and University community immersion event where all members of the Class of 2021 and new transfer students will:

  • Make friends with new and returning students,
  • Discover Hawkeye traditions and what it means to be a University of Iowa student,
  • Prepare to excel in your classes,
  • Explore activities and student organizations, and
  • Commit to The IOWA Challenge!

On Iowa! for first-year students (Class of 2021) are expected to attend the On Iowa! core elements on Friday, August 18-Sunday, August 20. Once you have checked-in to the On Iowa program on either Wednesday, August 16 or Thursday, August 17 and settled into your new living environment, plan to keep busy by engaging in optional and evening events scheduled throughout the day.

New transfer students are invited to participate, too. We know you are coming to the University of Iowa with some good experience of being immersed in a college environment. On Iowa! will help you become familiar with the University of Iowa community and resources prior to the first day of classes.

A sneak peek of the On Iowa! 2017 schedule...
Activities—including College Open Houses, late night entertainment, fitness classes, dance lessons, game opportunities, classroom tours, and more! the Target Takeover—begins Wednesday as students start moving into Iowa's residence halls.

The big On Iowa! events begin on Friday, when you: attend your first On Iowa! small group meeting (meet more new students from your residential area); and learn how to academically succeed in the collegiate world from a faculty member.

Friday evening continues at Kinnick Stadium where you will : learn university traditions; be a part of the annual "Class I" photo; and, get to experience the excitement of being on the turf with your 5,700 classmates. Finish your evening as a participant or observer at the outdoor street fair, slam poetry contest, or lip sync contest.

Saturday Events allow you to explore clubs and organizations on campus throughout the day. Your On Iowa! small group leader will set the platform through StrengthQuest activities and laying out the many opportunities for you to explore. In the evening, you'll be greatly entertained by the Passport Showcase, and Dance Marathon Dance Party.

On Iowa! closes with Convocation, a ceremony in which you commit to being a Hawkeye. Then it's off to dinner with UI President Bruce Harreld at the President’s Block Party.

In between, you’ll have many opportunities to explore campus resources and the Iowa City community, think about your goals for the semester, and talk about what it means to thrive as a Hawkeye.

Please note:
Your acceptance fee covers all costs of attending On Iowa! – there is no additional charge. Participation is expected of all first-year (Class of 2021) students in the core On Iowa! program (Friday, August 18-Sunday, August 20). Transfer students are invited to attend and should register as per the instructions in the summer mailing.