Matching the expectations that parents and students have of universities, and vice versa, is known to be a major factor in student satisfaction during the college years. We encourage parents to attend Orientation to gain a better understanding of college life.

Programs are coordinated by our Orientation Hawkeye Guides, current UI students trained to assist students and families during Orientation.

Family & Guest Program Agenda

Family and guest sessions, which are concurrent with student programs, focus on academic opportunities, university billing and financial issues, student health and safety information, and ways for family members to become part of the university community while helping their students make a successful transition to college life.  A brief outline of our family and guest program is listed below.

Arrival time

Your arrival time on Day One will vary based on your involvement in interest sessions designed for specific student populations. We will have a check-in area set up from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Iowa Memorial Union Hubbard Commons. Lunch is not built into the schedule so please plan to eat before or after checking in. There are several eateries in the Iowa Memorial Union (IMU) and a variety of options in the downtown Iowa City area, which is just a few blocks from our check-in location. 

Our main Program Welcome for all students and families officially begins at 1:00 p.m.

Day One  
11:00 am - 12:30 pm Orientation check-inIowa Memorial Union


Campus walking tours (optional)

1:00 pm Program Welcome

1:45 - 2:15 pm

2:25 - 3:10 pm

3:20 - 4:15 pm

3:20 - 4:15 pm

4:15 - 5:00 pm

Housing & Dining 101, Main Lounge, IMU

Money Matters: Understanding the University Billing Process, Main Lounge, IMU

The Iowa Scene Student Panel, Main Lounge, IMU

The Iowa Scene Student Panel: A First Generation View, Iowa Theater, IMU

Mingle & Meet Up, Ground Floor, IMU


5:00 - 6:15 pm

5:00 - 5:30 pm

5:00 - 6:15 pm

6:30 - 7:00 pm

7:00 - 7:30 pm

7:00 - 8:15 pm

7:15, 7:30, 7:45 pm

Optional Evening Sessions to attend with Students:

Honors Orientation Meeting, Main Lounge, IMU

Student Disability Services Meeting, Ohio State Room, IMU

Welcome to Engineering! A Plan for Success, 2229 Seamans Center

Center for Diversity & Enrichment Welcome & Information Session, Illinois Room, IMU

Advantage Iowa and Veteran Student Break-out Session, Michigan Room, IMU

Welcome to Engineering! (offered a second time), 2229 Seamans Center

Fraternity and Sorority Life Showcase, Illinois Room, IMU

Day Two  

7:45 - 8:15 am

Students check out of Burge

8:15 - 8:45 am Continental Breakfast, East Lobby, IMU

8:45 - 9:30 am

9:35 - 10:20 am

10:35 am - 12:00 pm

12:00 - 1:00 pm

Introduction to Academics

The Competitive Edge, Main Lounge, IMU

Ensuring Student Success: Parents as Partners, Main Lounge, IMU

Lunch (on your own)

1:00 - 1:45 pm

Interest Session I


Housing & Dining: Just for Families Edition, Illinois Room, IMU

Letting Go: Adjusting to Your Student Being at College, Iowa Theater, IMU

Why Study Abroad?, Nebraska Room, IMU

1:50 - 2:35 pm

Interest Session II


Recreation Preview & Tour, Meeting Room 1A/1B, CRWC

Computing at Iowa, Iowa Theater, IMU

Safety on Campus, Illinois Room, IMU

2:15 - 3:45 pm Iowa Information Fair, Main Lounge, IMU

2:45 - 3:15 pm

Interest Session III - Go Hawks! Go Greek!, Iowa Theater, IMU

3:00 - 5:00 pm Residence Hall Tours

* Times are subject to change.

Family & Guest Presentations:

PDF iconHousing 101 2015.pdf

PDF iconMoney Matters 2015.pdf

PDF iconHonors Program 2015.pdf

PDF iconIntro to Academics- Academic Advising Center 2015.pdf

PDF iconEngineering ITA_2015_UPDATED 7-9-15.pdf

PDF iconCompetitive Edge 2015.pdf

PDF iconEnsuring Student Success 2015.pdf

PDF iconUH&D Just for Families Edition 2015.pdf

PDF iconStudy Abroad 2015.pdf

PDF iconSafety on Campus- 2015.pdf

PDF iconGo Hawks Go Greek.pdf