Before Orientation
Checklist

Before you are able to participate in orientation and register for classes, you must accept your offer of admission.

Freshmen summer/fall entering students: Register for orientation using the web address provided in the communication received from your college, if you have not already done so. You will receive a confirmation of your orientation dates from your college.

Freshmen spring entering students and transfer students: Access orientation using the web address provided in the communication received from New Student Programs.

Freshmen summer/fall entering students: Your orientation program is online. You may work at your own pace, but plan to set aside 3-4 hours to invest in the program. Completion of orientation is required to register for classes. During this time, you will learn essential information about completing course registration and transitioning to Iowa State.

You can also register to attend our optional one-day OnCyte orientation. This one-day event held throughout the month of June is designed for Cyclones who would like to experience campus, prepare for their Iowa State adventure, and connect with other Cyclones in person. To maximize your experience, plan to complete the required online orientation and course registration before attending OnCyte Orientation.

If you and your family would like to stay in Ames before or after your visit, there are many hotel options in Ames and the surrounding areas.

Freshmen spring entering students and transfer students: Your orientation program is online. You may work at your own pace, but plan to set aside 3-4 hours to invest in the program. Completion of orientation is required. During this time, you will learn essential information about completing course registration and transitioning to Iowa State.

Freshmen summer/fall entering students by downloading the Iowa State Guides App, you will find:

  • Full schedule of events
  • Customizable checklists
  • Information about navigating campus
  • So much more!

Review and refer to the essential orientation publications and presentations. These pieces will help you prepare for your orientation experience and transition to Iowa State.

Freshman students: Request your high school submit an official copy of your final transcript to the Office of Admissions. If you’ve attempted any college credits while in high school, you must also request that the college(s) send us an official transcript.

Transfer students: Request transcripts from each college you have attended be sent to Iowa State.

All new students are required to complete the online ALEKS mathematics and statistics placement assessment through Access Plus. ALEKS assesses your abilities and places you in the appropriate course. You cannot be registered for a math or statistics course until you have completed ALEKS. Scores from previous universities are not accepted.

Begin ALEKS early and invest at least two hours into the assessment. Plan to take ALEKS at least one month prior to orientation, which allows you time to review your first attempt if you are not satisfied with your results. The assessment may be completed twice.

 

If you want to continue studying a language in college you should take a placement assessment. This assessment helps determine at what level you should begin taking language courses at Iowa State.

Chinese, French, German, Russian, and Spanish:

Take the assessment(s) prior to your orientation. Each assessment will take about 20 minutes to complete. Print a copy of your assessment results and bring it to you academic advising appointment during orientation. You do not need to take the placement test if you have no prior background in the language.

Students of Arabic and Latin backgrounds with prior experience in the language should contact the World Languages and Cultures Advising Office for in-person placement: 3220 Pearson Hall or 515 294-7570.

Credit By Exam

If you do not plan to study a foreign language in college but would like to earn credit for prior language studied, you may take one of the following exams: Spanish, French, German, Latin, Russian, or Chinese. Please refer to information on the World Languages and Cultures website for details.

 

Set up your Net-ID (Iowa State email account).

AccessPlus is your secure and personalized online resource for accessing your important and confidential university information and web applications.

Freshmen summer/fall entering students: You will need to bring your AccessPlus password if you accepted your offer of admission online.

You may submit your immunizations online by following the instructions on the Student Health Center menu of the Student Tab in AccessPlus.

Log in to TRANSIT to see how your college course credits will transfer to Iowa State.

Freshmen summer/fall entering students: Students who have a documented disability are strongly encouraged to set up an appointment to meet with a Student Accessibility Services staff member during your orientation visit to discuss reasonable accommodations for your needs. Students who would like to request accommodations for orientation should contact SAS (515 294-7220 or accessibility@iastate.edu) at least two weeks in advance.

Freshmen summer/fall entering students: Review your email for important orientation information. Access orientation using the web address provided in the communication received from New Student Programs. If you’d like, register for OnCyte Orientation. 

Freshmen spring entering students and transfer students: Access orientation using the web address provided in the communication received from New Student Programs.

OnCyte Orientation is a one-day experience. If you and your family would like to stay in Ames before or after your visit, there are many hotel options in Ames and the surrounding areas.