The University of Iowa

Welcome to On Iowa!

On Iowa! 2019 Video screenshot

Get your start as a Hawkeye at On Iowa!—a welcome and University community immersion event where all members of the Class of 2024 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 2023) are expected to attend the On Iowa! core elements on Friday, August 21 - Sunday, August 23. Once you have checked-in to the On Iowa! program on either 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.

During On Iowa!, you can participate in a variety of activities—including in-person small groups, virtual late night programming, fitness classes, resource information sessions, a scavenger hunt, and more! 

You’ll have 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, both in-person and virtually.

Please note:
Your acceptance fee covers all costs of attending On Iowa! – there is no additional charge. Participation is expected of all new students in the core On Iowa! program (Friday, August 23-Sunday, August 25). Transfer students are invited to attend and should register as per the instructions in the summer mailing.