First-Year Orientation for Fall, Family & Guest Program

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
2:00 - 5:00 pm Family & Guest Student Panel & Information Sessions
5:00 - 8:00 pm Optional programs for Students and Families
Day Two  
7:45 - 8:15 am Students check out of residence halls
8:15 - 8:45 am Continental Breakfast (Iowa Memorial Union)

8:45 - 9:30 am

Introduction to Academics

9:30 a.m.- 12:00 pm Information Sessions
12:00 p.m.-1:00 pm Lunch (on your own)
1:00 - 2:30 pm Conference Style Interest Sessions
2:15 - 3:45 pm Iowa Information Fair

* Times are subject to change.