First Year Student FAQs
Where do I buy books for classes?
At the beginning of each semester the University Bookstore designates a special area for possible books that students might need to purchase.
The books that are available at the University Bookstore come from the Professors'
booklists, so you can always make sure that you have the right materials for class.
Most students purchase their books upon arriving to campus and after registering for
classes. The University Bookstore is located in the Hansen Student Center.
How do I declare a major?
Students typically declare a major before the end of their 4th semester at IWU, however,
this decision can be made earlier in a student's career. To officially declare a
major or minor the necessary forms must be completed in the Registrar's Office (located in Holmes Hall). Students must discuss all declarations of a major with
their advisors. Students entering professional schools (ex: School of Nursing) do
not need to make an additional declaration of a major.
When are school breaks such as Winter Break, Spring Break, etc.?
Important University dates are available on the
When do I have access to my IWU email?
You will gain access to your IWU email this summer before you arrive on campus. If
you have problems accessing your email please contact the Information Technology Services
Office at (309) 556-3900.
Do I have to attend New Student Orientation?
Yes. All students who are new to the University are expected to attend Orientation.
This is an important time where you will register for classes and become acquainted
with the Illinois Wesleyan campus community. If you have specific concerns please
contact the Office of Orientation Services.
Is orientation required for my parent/guardian?
Technically, no. Orientation is not required for parents and families. However,
we encourage parents to participate in the virtual Experience IWU Family Orientation sessions.
Where can I buy things in town?
Bloomington-Normal offers a variety of close shopping locations ranging from grocery
stores and malls to unique boutiques in the local downtown area. More information
about the area is available from the Bloomington-Normal Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Who is my Titan Orientation Leader? Can I contact him or her?
Titan Orientation Leaders (TOLs) are not matched up with their orientation groups
until a few days prior to Turning Titan. Feel free to visit the Titan Orientation Leaders section of the website and ask any of our TOLs any questions you may have about IWU
prior to your arrival on campus. You may also contact the Office of Orientation Services.
Should I bring my car to campus?
All students can bring their cars to campus. There is no charge to park a car on campus,
but students must obtain a (free) parking permit from the security office during Turning
Titan. Bloomington-Normal also has a public transportation system that covers the
town. Many students also bring bicycles to get around town and to ride on the Constitution
What kind of computer should I bring to campus? What kind of computer software do
I need? What about other technologies on campus?
The Information Technology department on campus has created this technology website for new students, which should have any information you need.
Where can I do banking in Bloomington-Normal?
Please see this list of Banks in the area.
Where can my parents stay the night in Bloomington-Normal?
IWU offers this list of Hotels & Motels in the Bloomington-Normal area.
When do I register for classes?
During Turning Titan, students will meet with their first year advisors to discuss
and decide on classes. You will actually register for classes on Thursday afternoon
of your Turning Titan week.
What if I have other questions?
First, try visiting www.iwu.edu/newstudents for a wide variety of information. You can always call us here at the Office of Orientation
Services at 309-556-3749.