First Year Experience

Family eNewsletter   |   August 2017

The Time Has Come

This month you’ll say farewell to your student and get ready to watch them learn, grow, and achieve at IU. Use the information below to help ensure a smooth transition from home to college.

What’s Next for Your Student at IU

New Student Orientation is over, but your student will find additional support and social opportunities when they arrive at the Bloomington campus. Watch the video below to see some of the ways your student will find their place here.

What (Not) to Pack

  • As your student prepares to move to IU, make sure they’ve got everything they need—and none of what they don’t. Some common items that students forget include linens, clothes hangers, medications, rain gear, and extension cords. Check the Ultimate IU Packing List to make sure they have the essentials.
  • Encourage your student to consult with their future roommate so you don’t bring items unnecessarily—for example, one mini-fridge is usually enough.
  • Remember that some items are prohibited on the IU campus. These include air conditioners (unless RPS-approved), drones, firearms, and pets.

What to Expect on Move-In Day

  • The official IU Move-In Day is August 16. Residence halls will be open at 8 a.m. Your student should report directly to their assigned residence hall. For more details on moving to IU, use RPS’s Move-In Guide.
  • If your student confirmed an early move-in date (August 13, 14, or 15), we’ll see you even sooner! Remember that their Student Account will be charged an additional housing fee per day.
  • Be prepared to encounter some road construction as crews complete summer improvement projects on and around campus

Attend the Freshman Induction Ceremony

  • You’re invited to the Freshman Induction Ceremony, where your student will be inducted into the Class of 2021.
  • You can attend one of two ceremonies at 2 p.m. or 4 p.m. in the IU Auditorium. Each ceremony will be followed by an outdoor picnic. The induction ceremony is a non-ticketed event, but we encourage you to RSVP.

CrimsonCash Versus I-BUCKS

Want to make sure your student has money for meals, but unsure how to choose between the CrimsonCash and I-BUCKS options? Here are the basics:
  • I-BUCKS are points purchased through a meal plan. They are accepted at all RPS dining locations, roll over from fall to spring semester, and go further than cash—four I-BUCKS pays for a $10 meal. I-BUCKS tend to be a convenient and cost-effective option for students living on campus.
  • CrimsonCash works like a debit card. Your student can use a deposited amount to make purchases with their CrimsonCard. While CrimsonCash can be used to buy food both on and off campus, we encourage students to spend it mostly on textbooks, supplies, and other academic purchases.
  • Note: Your student doesn’t have to choose one or the other—many students use both I-BUCKS and CrimsonCash.

On-Campus Pharmacy—and Prescription Delivery!

For your student’s convenience, our campus health center features an in-house pharmacy. The IU Health Center Pharmacy accepts many prescription drug plans, offers online refills, and even delivers directly to residence halls.

Becoming a College Parent

  • If you attended New Student Orientation, you may have heard Dean of Students Lori Reesor offer advice for parents and family members experiencing the college transition for the first time. Reesor sees IU families as important partners in the college experience and encourages you to reach out if you have concerns or questions during this newly independent phase of your student’s life.
  • Want to stay in-the-know about programs, resources, and events at IU? Visit the Parents Association website.

Important Dates

Office of First Year Experience Programs
326 N. Jordan
Bloomington, IN 47405