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Students who have accepted their offer of admission and plan to begin classes summer or fall 2022 semesters will be sent information via email in February. Please watch for it at that time.

Contact New Student Programs at 515 294-0801 or and we will be happy to help you. 

OnCyte Orientation sessions are specific to your major. Use the orientation registration link provided to you by email to view dates available to you.

OnCyte Orientation date options have passed for Spring 2022.

For the spring 2022 semester, you'll be able to choose your orientation adventure by deciding if you want to do OnCyte Orientation, online orientation, or both. You will learn about Iowa State's campus, discover essential resources, and gain access to an academic advisor to register for your first semester of classes.

OnCyte Orientation date options have passed for Spring 2022.

Yes, both freshmen and transfer students must complete one of the orientation paths before scheduling an academic advising appointment for course registration.

You will receive an email from New Student Programs with the link to complete your orientation experience. You will also need to have your Net-ID handy for login. If you have enabled OKTA, you will log in with that feature.

Yes, orientation is required prior to registering for classes.

You will be able to work at your own pace, and we recommend you set aside at least four hours to complete online orientation. You can spend as much or as little time as you need learning about the topics that will help you successfully transition to Iowa State University. 

You can work through the information at your own pace. However, we encourage you to dedicate an uninterrupted, appropriate amount of time so you can fully absorb the information and prepare for course registration. Come back at any time to revisit the data or review the checklist to get ready to transition to Iowa State.

You will not be able to register for classes.

Academic advisors are preparing to connect with you and looking forward to facilitating your personalized academic advising and course registration experience. Instructions for scheduling your virtual advising appointment are included in online orientation in the Academics and Course Registration section. If you are attending OnCyte Orientation, you will meet with an advisor the day you are on campus.

OnCyte Orientation date options have passed for Spring 2022.

Online orientation utilizes universal design and is supportive to students with all abilities. In addition, you can contact Student Accessibility Services by email at You can also visit Student Accessibility Services to learn more about how Iowa State supports students' reasonable accommodations.

International Students and Scholars Office coordinates orientation for international students. Please get in touch with them for more information. All students, including international students, are invited to Destination Iowa State events.

We recommend beginning online orientation as soon as it becomes available. Once you complete the required modules, you will be able to schedule your virtual advising appointment. Online orientation will be open through the first week of classes to assist students at any step of their journey.

Complete online orientation before December 1 to ensure you can meet with an academic advisor before winter break. Otherwise, you will register for classes after January 3.

If completing online orientation, you can pick up your ISUCard when you're on campus or during Destination Iowa State. Check the ISUCard Office website for their hours.

This once-in-a-lifetime, team-based student-only event helps students navigate campus, connect with other new students, and have a lot of fun while preparing for the first day of class.

Destination Iowa State will be Friday, January 14, 2022.

Destination Iowa State is an event exclusive to new students at Iowa State University just before the beginning of fall and spring semesters. 

Making connections to the people and places of your new Cyclone Home is an important part of your transition to Iowa State. Destination Iowa State is a once in a lifetime event gives students the chance to meet new people, connect with experienced students, have tons of fun, and explore campus.

Absolutely. We have a specific track for transfer students during Destination Iowa State developed based on feedback from transfer students

Residence Halls open on Thursday, January 13. If you are a transfer student living in campus apartments, check the Department of Residence website for more information. The Department of Residence will send information to you directly.

Campus tours are offered at OnCyte Orientation. While campus visits are geared a bit more towards students still choosing their university, you can explore these options as well.