University of Iowa

Frequently Asked Questions

On Iowa! is an immersion experience for all new first-year students; members of the Class of 2022 are expected to attend; whereas transfer students are invited (and highly encouraged) 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.

The On Iowa! program is split into two parts:  pre-program (August 14-16) and the core program (August 17-19). New students living the residence halls will move in between Tuesday (August 14)  through Thursday (August 16) by assignment from University Housing & Dining. There will be many optional and late night activities offered during the pre-program to allow you to explore the University and Iowa City communities.

All members of the Class of 2022 are expected to attend the core On Iowa! program (Friday, August 17-Sunday, August 19). New transfer students (coming from another institution) are invited (and highly encouraged) to participate in the On Iowa! program.

The On Iowa! program is an introduction to the resources and skills you’ll need for a successful college experience within and beyond the classroom. The pre-program (August 14-16) occurs during the heavy residence hall move-in days and is filled with many activities during the day and into the evening.

If you have a conflict that may prevent you from attending any of the components of On Iowa! scheduled between Friday, August 17-Sunday, August 19, contact the On Iowa! program (oniowaprogam@uiowa.edu) by Friday, August 10 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 other students 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 -- and only takes 10-15 minutes.

  • Wednesday  (9 a.m.- 5p.m.)
  • Thursday (9 a.m.-5 p.m.)
  • Friday (9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.)  

Student check-in is required. All students must check in for On Iowa! prior to the first small group meeting at 2:30 on the Friday of On Iowa!.

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 that Tuesday-Friday (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 10 if you need a parking permit Tuesday-Friday; 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 10 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 the Wednesday of On Iowa!. 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 that Tuesday-Friday (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 10 if you need a parking permit Tuesday-Friday; 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 10 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 8.

Yourself and a great attitude! At On Iowa! program 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:  $7.50/breakfast, and $10.50/lunch or dinner. (Note: Burge, Hillcrest, and Catlett 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 2022) off-campus students planned on Friday, August 17. 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. We know, it's hard! 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.

As part of the transition into the university family, transfer students are welcome (and highly encouraged) to 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.