New Student Orientation

Before you get started, make sure you know your 10-digit University ID. You can find it on your admissions notices or look it up using the access management system.

Look up University ID

If you have not yet been admitted to IU South Bend, please contact the Office of Admissions before signing up for advising and registration.


After you create or reactivate your account, login to verify that your IU Email is set up (it may take up to 24 hours).

Create your account

If you have trouble activating your account, contact the UITS Help Desk at (574) 520-5555 or

Check back in early October for advising and registration information. Registration for the spring 2024 semester does not begin until November.

You can complete any of these steps prior to making your advising appointment in step 3.

  • Complete Part I of the New Student Orientation on Canvas, which will help you best prepare for your appointment. Estimated completion time is 20-30 minutes.
  • Look at your To Do List for items you may need to take action on.
  • Take the Math Placement Exam if it appears on your To Do List.
  • The English Placement Exam is optional if you decide to take ENG-W130 to build reading and writing skills before taking ENG-W131 (which is required of all majors). You do not need a placement score to enroll in ENG-W130. If you opt to take the exam in order to place into ENG-W131, please complete it at least 24 hours prior to your advising appointment or orientation date.
  • The Chemistry Placement Exam is recommended for students majoring in Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Clinical Laboratory Sciences, Dental Hygiene, Nursing, Pre-Dentistry, Pre-Medicine, Pre-Physical Therapy, or Rehabilitation Sciences.
  • Continually check your personal email, which is where all confirmations, reminders, and other details will be sent.


  • Check your personal email for a confirmation and reminder that will contain location, time, and other details
  • If you have questions or did not receive a confirmation or reminder, contact Rick Dennie at (preferred) or (574) 520-4164.


  • Ensure that you are in a distraction-free environment for the duration of your appointment.
  • Please use a computer, laptop or tablet as your advisor will be utilizing screen share to assist you in registering for classes.
  • 5 minutes prior to your appointment, log in to Zoom. You will find your appointment time, Zoom link, and other details in the appointment reminder email.
    • If you have difficulties logging in to Zoom, or did not receive a reminder email with your appointment time and Zoom link, call (574) 520-5005.
  • Once logged in, you will be in the main room and a staff member will send you to a breakout room with your advisor. There you will meet with your advisor to answer any questions you have and get enrolled in classes for the fall semester.

  • Go through Part II of the New Student Orientation on Canvas at your own pace. You can also review the information in Part I.
  • Continue to check your To Do List for any items to take action on.
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) if you haven’t already done so.
  • Download the following apps (from Google Play or the App Store): IU MobileHandshake, and Rave Guardian.
  • Update your settings in IU Notify, so you can receive campus alerts.
  • Set up Third Party Access if you need a parent or someone else to have access to billing and financial aid info. Remember, the University cannot speak to anyone else other than the student unless this access is given.
  • Tour the campus in-person, virtually, or via a self-guided tour. Visit the Admissions web site for more details.

  • August 1: Order your parking permit at
  • August 1: Go to Indiana University Bookstores to order your textbooks online or stop by the bookstore in-person, located in the Administration Building. Click here for current hours.
  • August 17: Tuition billing statement appears in One.IU, under View/Pay Bursar Bill. Payment due September 10.
  • August 18: New Student Convocation, from 9:00a – 1:00p. Save the date now, details and reservation information will be emailed in early July.
  • August 21: Fall Classes begin.
  • For more important dates, view the Academic Calendar.
  • Check your IU Email for important emails from instructors, campus offices, and more.

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