First-Year Student Checklist

Welcome Titans! During your time at IWU you will be exposed to numerous resources that will help facilitate your success. The first of these resources is the first-year student checklist. This list was designed to assist you in completing all of the tasks necessary to help you prepare for your orientation and arrival at IWU.

Please review this checklist frequently throughout the summer, and note that activities are subject to change in response to state, federal, and public health guidelines. 


Upon receiving your deposit* which confirms your intention to enroll, you will receive (in your personal email account provided to Illinois Wesleyan's Admissions Office) an email instructing you to set up your IWU campus email account. This is critical to moving on to your next steps! Once this process has been completed, you will find three additional emails in your campus email inbox. The additional emails contain the following important information:

  • Orientation Overview sent from orientation@iwu.edu - an overview of orientation programs and dates, along with links to social media, and an orientation checklist.
  • Orientation Registration sent from orientation@iwu.edu - contains specific dates and instructions for participation in orientation programs taking place over the summer.
  • Housing information sent from orl@iwu.edu - provides instructions and links to request campus housing and meal plans.

As soon as you receive this email:

  • Change the temporary password provided to a private and secure password using the instructions outlined in the email.
    • Entering your cell phone number is optional on the password change site.
    • Entering your cell number will allow you to change a forgotten password by getting a text message with a reset code. 

All University communications will now be sent to your IWU email account (not your personal email account), and you are encouraged to check it regularly.
*non-refundable enrollment deposit


As Soon as Possible

  • Submit Financial Aid Applications
  • Enter Emergency Contact Information and IWU Alert Information.
  • Complete the My Student Body Program.
    • Click the Register button to create an account and use the school  code “Titan”.
    • There are two courses available: Essentials and Student Conduct.
    • You only need to complete the course titled "Essentials".
    • This must be completed prior to completing the Housing Application. 
  • Register for Rising Titan (Summer Orientation) now! Check your IWU email for further information.

April:


 May

  • Students who submit their housing application, agreement, and roommate preference survey by May 15, 2021 will receive their housing assignment by May 26, 2021.
  • Submit final high school transcript (as soon as final grades are posted).
  • If applicable, submit official college transcripts to the IWU Admissions Office at IWUadmit@iwu.edu for any coursework you have completed or are currently completing, with a college or university. Advanced Placement scores should be sent to the Registrar's Office.
  • If applicable, send official credit-by-exam scores (e.g. AP, IB, Cambridge) to IWU.
  • Login to MyIWU to find and complete missing financial aid documents.
  • If applicable, accept or decline any financial aid in your MyIWU account.
  • Submit your picture to idphoto@iwu.edu so that your ID is ready for pick up when you arrive at Turning Titan. You can see the guidelines for submission here.
  • Registration for Rising Titan (Summer Orientation) continues.
    • Registration for June 10 and June 14 Rising Titan (Summer Orientation) session ends on May 31 at midnight.
  • Complete the Everfi Diversity Training.
      • Everfi will directly send you an email to your IWU email address by June 30, 2021.
      • This email will contain instructions to sign up and complete the training module.
      • All Incoming Students are required to complete this training.
  • Join the Incoming Class of 2021 Facebook Page.

June

  • Submit academic accommodations (if applicable).
  • Students who submit their housing application, agreement, and roommate preference survey by June 15, 2021 will receive their housing assignment by June 25, 2021.
  • Read and reflect on the 2021 Summer Reading Program book What the Eyes Don't See by Mona Hanna-Attisha. A copy will be mailed to all deposited first-year students by the end of June 2021.
  • Register for IMPACT Pre-Orientation Program (optional).
  • Registration for Rising Titan (Summer Orientation) continues.
    • Registration for June 17 and June 21 Rising Titan (Summer Orientation) session ends on June 9 at midnight.
  • Take a Second Language Placement Test virtually before attending a Rising Titan session.
    • Dates for SLP Tests: June 2, June 8, June 15
  • Attend Rising Titan (Summer Orientation):
    • In-person: June 10, June 21;
    • Virtual: June 14, June 17
  • Illinois Wesleyan University is a Google Workspace for Education school. Refer to the Information Technology Services website for recommendations on preparing your computer for IWU.
  • Complete the Everfi Diversity Training.
    • Everfi will directly send you an email to your IWU email address.
    • This email will contain instructions to sign up and complete the training module.
    • All Incoming Students are required to complete this training.
  • Join the Incoming Class of 2021 Facebook Page.

 July

  • Submit academic accommodations (if applicable)
  • Students who submit their housing application, agreement, and roommate preference survey by July 20, 2021 will receive their housing assignment by July 30, 2021.
  • Register for IMPACT Pre-Orientation Program (optional).
  • Read and reflect on the 2020 Summer Reading Program book What the Eyes Don't See by Mona Hanna-Attisha.
  • Submit the Medical History Form and Immunization Record to Arnold Health Center on campus by August 1, 2021.
  • Registration for Rising Titan (Summer Orientation) continues.
  • Registration for July 23 session of Rising Titan (Summer Orientation) ends on July 15 at midnight.
  • Take a Second Language Placement Test virtually before attending a Rising Titan session.
    • Dates for SLP Tests: July 20

August

  • Submit the Medical History Form and Immunization Record to Arnold Health Center on campus by August 1, 2021.
  • Attend IMPACT Pre-Orientation Program (optional).
  • Attend International Student Orientation (Mandatory for international students).
  • August 10/11: Residence Halls open for all new students, check your MyHousing page for your move-in time.
  • Attend Turning Titan (Fall Orientation) Wednesday, August 18 through Sunday, August 22, 2021.
  • Classes start Monday, August 23, 2021.
  • Submit Health Insurance Waiver if applicable by Monday, August 30, 2021.
  • Join the Incoming Class of 2021 Facebook Page.

Throughout the Summer

Please review this checklist frequently throughout the summer, and note that activities are subject to change in response to state, federal, and public health guidelines.