Beginning as admissions deposits are received by Admissions for Spring matriculation, incoming transfer students will be given access to an Online Orientation course with modules to complete.  Modules will cover topics such as:

  • General Education and Graduation Requirements
  • Academic Expectations
  • Community Expectations
  • Class Registration Overview
  • Library Resources
  • Student Life

At the conclusion of the course, students are able to schedule a campus visit prior to the start of Spring classes:

  • December 14-18, 2015
  • January 4-5, 2016

There will be multiple appointments each day: morning appointments from 9am-12pm and afternoon appointments from 1-4pm. Students will have an Orientation Leader escort them around campus to various offices.

Sample Morning Schedule (9am-12pm)

  • 9:00-9:30 Welcome
  • 9:30-10:15 Second Language Placement Test
  • 10:15-11:00 Advising & Registration
  • 11:00-11:45 Campus Tour, ID Pick-up, Essential Departments
  • 11:45-12:00 Departure from Campus

Sample Afternoon Schedule (1-4pm)

  • 1:00-1:30 Welcome
  • 1:30-2:15 Second Language Placement Test
  • 2:15-3:00 Advising & Registration
  • 3:00-3:45 Campus Tour, ID Pick-up, Essential Departments
  • 3:45-4:00 Departure from Campus

Participants will meet their campus host at the IWU Welcome Center to begin the day.

During the on-campus visit, transfer students will meet individually with the Director of Academic Advising and/or the Associate Registrar. During these meetings, students will receive a transcript review, as well as an overview of the general education and graduation requirements, and will register for their first-semester courses.  

Transfer students with a declared major are assigned their department chair as an academic advisor.  If department chairs are available during campus visits, an additional meeting will be scheduled.  However, in most cases, students will receive their department chair/advisor’s contact information.  Advisors will also receive their students’ contact information, class schedules, degree evaluations, and advising appointment notes.  Advisors and advisees should arrange an introductory meeting during the first two weeks of school.

For students unable to travel to IWU in a timeframe that facilitates in-person contact, advising will take place via videoconference or phone call.  Students will be given instructions for placement testing and receiving an ID upon arrival to campus.  The orientation course will have a place to indicate if travel will not be available.

Move-in: All transfer students will be welcomed to move into campus residence halls starting at 1 PM on January 3. Key distribution and arrival will continue in the Office of Residential Life during University business hours through the start of classes.


The IWU Bookstore will be open from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM.