prepchecklistAll fall incoming students receive an IWU Orientation Welcome packet upon confirming intentions to enroll. This packet includes a welcome letter from Orientation Services, IWU email address with MyIWU login information from Information Technology Services, and medical health forms to get you started. Use your Orientation packet envelope to hold important paperwork from IWU all summer. 

Also included in this packet is our Pre-Orientation Checklist magnet (pictured here).  This checklist includes four major areas:

Below are the checklist items, along with details about each item and links to various IWU webpages for more information.  Once you log into this page with your email address, you will be able to interact with this checklist, marking off the completed items.

IWU staff will also periodically update your page when information has been received.  We hope this site helps you to remain organized as we prepare for your arrival to campus.


 Immediate Action Items

The immediate action list are items that can be completed upon receiving the Orientation packet.  Information is either included in the packet or available on the IWU website.

Login to MyIWU and change initial password

  • The ITS Letter includes details on how to login to
  • IWU has an easy password change webpage:
  • Once changed, IWU does not have access to your password and will never ask you for it.
  • Misplaced or forgotten passwords can be reset by contacting our ITS Support Hotline.

Complete housing agreement and roommate preferences form through the Online Survey

  • One of the first email messages received by incoming students is from the Office of Residential Life detailing the housing process.

Complete the My Student Body Survey

  • Before registering for housing, incoming students are required to complete the My Student Body Program.
  • The My Student Body program is designed to help incoming students process their understanding and beliefs surrounding alcohol use, drug use, and sexual violence.
  • Students can create an account on using the school code "TITAN."



Online Forms

Confirm Housing Assignment and Meal Plan through the MyHousing Portal (July 19th)

  • Whether you plan to live in a residence hall or commute from home, make sure you have completed your  housing application  and  My Student Body  essentials courses. 
  • ORL has a dedicated page on their website with YouTube videos for help with the MyHousing Portal.
  • Students are able to provide hall preference, meal plan selection, and living preferences through this process.
  • Room assignments will be posted in  MyHousing.  

Complete Pre-Registration Form for confirmation of major and Gateway course preferences (July 18th)

  • Complete the online  IWU Pre-registration Questionnaire  confirming major declaration, ranking Gateway Colloquia preferences, and indicating second language interest.
  • Based on your Gateway Colloquia registration, you will be assigned a First-Year Advisor which will help advise you on registering for your first semester of classes during Turning Titan: New Student Orientation at an individual set time given to you when you move in.
  • Additional registration resources.

Complete PROJECT SAILS: The IWU New Student Survey (August 2nd)

  • Illinois Wesleyan is participating in a national survey conducted by PROJECT SAILS that helps IWU faculty measure student readiness to conduct college-level library research.
  • To take the survey:
    • Go to 
    • Enter the IWU Administration Code: IGI-BLY
    • Enter a unique student identifier number (XXX-XXX), sent to incoming students' email addresses
  • Deadline for the survey is August 2nd, so fill out your survey TODAY! 

Submit Health Insurance Waiver (August 30th)

  • Participation in the Hard Waiver Plan is required unless a  waiver form  is completed at prior to August 30th.
  • Learn more about  IWU health plan. 

Emergency Contact Information

  • Login to MyIWU and set your emergency contact information. Watch a video of how to complete the emergency contact information.
  • Add additional phone numbers and to select text messaging options are available.



Fax/Mail-In Items

The spring action list includes items that can be completed during the spring term, but may not be immediately available when Orientation packets initially begin mailing mid-January.  PLEASE NOTE: Although the Spring term has passed, it's not too late to complete the action times.  We encourage students to complete these items as soon as possible.

Submit Medical History and Immunization documentation (August 1st)

Submit Final High School Transcript

  • One of the more commonly forgotten items from incoming students is their final high school transcript.
  • Make sure to mail or fax your official transcript at the end of the school year.

Submit Academic and Housing/Meal Plan Accommodations documentation (if applicable)

  • If you had an IEP or 504 Plan in high school, and want to continue with those accommodations at IWU, documentation must be submitted.
  • All requests for academic, housing, and/or meal plan accommodations are processed in Disability Services.
  • Students can learn more about available housing accommodations on the ORL website.
  • Have a relevant professional complete a verification form and/or submit applicable documentation; forms and documentation guidelines can be found on the Disability Services website.

Submit New Student Job Participation Agreement (if applicable)

  • Students who are offered work-study as part of the financial aid packet have the Job Participation Agreement mailed in June.
  • Students who are not eligible for work-study positions are also able to work on campus, however the opportunities are limited.
  • Job openings and work-study forms can be found on the Student Employment page.
  • Students can email ( or fax (309/556-3411) completed forms.


Event and Activity Action Items

Once the University closes in May, departments across campus begin to shift gears and information for our incoming class is sent more frequently.  The summer actions are items which will be made available in June or July.

Register for Parent Orientation (June 21st - optional)

  • Parent Orientation is a one day event for the parents and guardians of the incoming class of Illinois Wesleyan University students which includes opportunities to meet IWU faculty, staff, and orientation leaders.
  • The day is filled with keynote and educational sessions, office and department informational tables, and a chance to experience Illinois Wesleyan first hand.
  • Register  for the one day event.  Our 2015  Schedule  and  Frequently Asked Questions  are also available.

Download/View Orientation Guidebook

  • Guidebook is a mobile app designed to bring the most important information about Orientation straight to your phone, without having to search the IWU webpages.
  • Daily schedules for New Student Orientation, Pre-Orientation and Parent Orientation programs are all available for review.
  • Mobile app users are able to create a personalized schedule of events.  For individuals who would prefer to view the guide on a computer, the Orientation Guidebook page has been designed with the guide embedded.

Purchase Summer Reading Program book The Madonnas of Echo Park by Brando Skyhorse

  • The Summer Reading program is an opportunity for incoming students to engage with faculty, staff, current students and community leaders.
  • The Advising and Summer Reading Committee has also compiled a list of questions to help guide participants during reading. 

Pre-Register for Orientation Activities (Mission Day, Class Banner, First Year Leadership Institute)

  • Interested in winning a $300 book scholarship?! Enter the Class of 2018 Banner Contest! You have the chance to design the banner that will represent your class! *Snapshot of where the banner will hang
  • New Student Orientation: Mission Day sign-up is located HERE! Learn more about Mission Day here.
  • The First Year Leadership Institute is an opportunity for first year students to get more involved with the IWU campus and learn the basics of leadership. Throughout the program, you will have the opportunity to make connections with your fellow students, learn more about how you lead and what it means to be a leader, and receive support from the Office of Student Activities and Leadership programs. To apply,  click here!