First Year Experience

Freshman eNewsletter   |   August 2017

Welcome to IU!

We’re FYE and we’re here to help you navigate your first year at Indiana University. In this first installment of our 2017-2018 freshman newsletter, you’ll find information to help you transition from home to college and get ready to learn, grow, and achieve at IU!

What’s Next for You at IU

What’s after New Student Orientation? Welcome Week and Experience IU will help you explore the campus and the many opportunities IU has to offer. Watch the video below to see some of the ways you can find your place here.

What (Not) to Pack

  • As you prepare to move to IU, make sure you’ve got everything you need—and none of what you 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 you’ve got the essentials.
  • Consult with your 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. You should report directly to your assigned residence hall. For more details on moving to IU, use RPS’s Move-In Guide.
  • Be prepared to encounter some road construction as crews complete summer improvement projects on and around campus.

If You’re Moving In Early

  • Students wishing to move in early (August 13-15) must be registered for an IU-approved program such as Experience IU. Experience IU gives you an extra opportunity to explore campus and services, while connecting with other new Hoosiers. The full schedule of pre-Welcome Week Experience IU events is on the IU FYE app and is also available online.
  • If you are moving in prior to August 16, you should confirm your move-in date by August 5. Additional housing fees will be assessed to students who move in early.

Get Excited for Welcome Week!

  • Welcome Week 2017 begins August 16. You’ll experience IU traditions; learn about academic, cultural, and service opportunities; meet new friends; and get freebies! Access the full Welcome Week schedule on the IU FYE app or online.
  • You’re invited to the Freshman Induction Ceremony, where you’ll be inducted into the Class of 2021 and receive your keepsake IU pin to wear at graduation. You can attend one of two ceremonies at 2 p.m. or 4 p.m. in the IU Auditorium. Each will be followed by an outdoor picnic. This event is non-ticketed, but we encourage you to RSVP.
  • Welcome Week events are free, with the exception of the Block Party concert, featuring Niko Flores, DJ Craze and Four Color Zack, Post Malone, and RL Grime. Check your IU email for pre-sale ticket information or contact the IU Auditorium at (812) 855-1103.
  • Stay informed and share your Welcome Week experience by using #IUWW.

Kick Off IU Football With the Freshman Run-On

  • At the August 31 football game, you’re invited to lead the IU team onto the field! It’s called the Freshman Run-On, and it’s a fun and memorable experience that’s just for first-year students.
  • To participate, arrive at the practice field just north of Memorial Stadium at 7 p.m. Don’t forget to bring your game ticket with you! And make sure you wear your IU gear to show your Hoosier spirit against the Ohio State Buckeyes.

CrimsonCash Versus I-BUCKS

Want to make sure you have 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. You can use a deposited amount to make purchases with your CrimsonCard. While CrimsonCash can be used to buy food both on and off campus, we encourage you to spend it mostly on textbooks, supplies, and other academic purchases.
  • Note: You don’t have to choose one or the other—many students use both I-BUCKS and CrimsonCash.

On-Campus Pharmacy—and Prescription Delivery!

For your 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.
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Take the Beginning College Survey of Student Engagement

Reminder: Please take a few moments to complete the Beginning College Survey of Student Engagement (BCSSE). The BCSSE can make a big difference to you personally and to the IU Bloomington campus as a whole.

Complete the SuperStrong Interest Assessment

Students entering the University Division (all Exploratory students), School of Informatics and Computing, or School of Public Health: take the 10-minute SuperStrong interest assessment to identify your academic and career interest areas. You’ll sign in with your IU email address and create a unique password. The assessment must be completed before you arrive on campus.

Becoming a College Student

You’re about to make a major life transition—that comes with a lot of excitement and maybe a little nervousness. We are here for you. Take advantage of campus resources like: Not sure where to go to find the help you need? You can always talk with your advisor and/or reach out to the Dean of Students. And don’t worry, you’ll make lots of connections and learn about even more ways to feel at home at IU during action-packed Welcome Week!

Important Dates

  • August 13: Early move-in starts
  • August 16: Official IU Move-In Day
  • August 21: Fall classes begin
  • August 28: Student Involvement Fair
  • September 10: Bursar bill due
  • September 15-17: Family Weekend

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