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. 

Important First Steps to Your Transition to Titan:

  • Step 1: 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. 
  • Step 2: An email from orientation@iwu.edu will be sent regarding Rising Titan Summer Orientation Registration. This contains specific dates and instructions for participation in orientation and pre-orientation programs.
  • Step 3: Housing information will be sent from orl@iwu.edu, and this provides instructions and links to request campus housing and meal plans.

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.

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. Search “Rising Titan Summer Orientation Registration” in your IWU email.

April:

  • Join the Incoming Class of 2022 Facebook Group! 
    • Informal updates and reminders get posted in this group throughout the summer months leading up to Fall. Please make sure you use your IWU email as primary communication.

 May

  • Students who submit their housing application, agreement, and roommate preference survey by May 15, 2022 will receive their housing assignment by May 26, 2022.
  • Transcript Information
    • Submit final high school transcript (as soon as final grades are posted).
    • Courses will not be posted to your academic record at IWU until they are evaluated and you have submitted a final transcript. 
    • Courses taken while in high school at a college or university must be sent on the college or university transcript (not high school). 
    • Advising and registration will be more accurate if we have your transcripts at least 2 weeks before you attend Rising Titan.
    • Your official college/university transcript must be sent directly to IWU at iwuadmit@iwu.edu.
  • 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.

June

  • Submit documentation for academic accommodations (if applicable).
  • Students who submit their housing application, agreement, and roommate preference survey by June 15, 2022 will receive their housing assignment by June 27, 2022.
  • Read and reflect on the 2022 Summer Reading Program book Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. A copy will be mailed to all deposited first-year students by the end of June 2022.
  • Register for IMPACT Pre-Orientation Program (optional).
  • Registration for Rising Titan (Summer Orientation) continues.
  • Attend Rising Titan (Summer Orientation):
    • In-Person: June 13, June 20, June 23
    • Virtual: June 16
  • 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.

 July

  • Submit academic accommodations (if applicable)
  • Enroll in a payment plan beginning July 1st. If not enrolled in a payment plan your full balance is due by Saturday, July 30, 2022.  
  • Students who submit their housing application, agreement, and roommate preference survey by July 20, 2022 will receive their housing assignment by July 29, 2022.
  • Register for IMPACT Pre-Orientation Program (optional).
  • Read and reflect on the 2022 Summer Reading Program book Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens.
  • Submit the Medical History & Immunization Form to Arnold Health Services (healthservices@iwu.edu) on campus by August 1, 2022.
    • Please Note: If this is not received by the August 1, 2022 date, there will be a $50 fine assessed. 
  • Submit Health Insurance Waiver if applicable by Tuesday, August 30, 2022.
  • Registration for Rising Titan (Summer Orientation) continues.
  • Registration for the July 28 session of Rising Titan (Summer Orientation) ends on July 15 at midnight.

August

  • Submit the Medical History & Immunization Form to Arnold Health Services (healthservices@iwu.edu) on campus by August 1, 2022 if you did not submit earlier this summer.
  • Attend IMPACT Pre-Orientation Program (optional).
  • Attend International Student Orientation (Mandatory for international students).
  • Wednesday, August 24, 2022: Residence Halls open for all new students, check your MyHousing page for your move-in time. Note: Please be in communication with the Office of Residential Life if you are an early arrival for one of our approved reasons (travel distance, on-campus employment, athletics, or pre-orientation programs).
  • Attend Turning Titan (Fall Orientation) Wednesday, August 24 through Sunday, August 28, 2022.
  • Classes start Monday, August 29, 2022.

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.