New Student Orientation

Incoming fall 2021 students

It's exciting to start your college journey, but we also understand it can be equally overwhelming. Our New Student Orientation is designed to make the process as straightforward as possible.

At IU South Bend, our strong sense of community means there is always someone invested in your success and ready to do whatever it takes to help you to pursue your passions, achieve your goals, and make your mark on the world. If you have any questions along the way, always feel free to reach out for assistance.

Currently, the IU South Bend New Student Orientation is online-only: simply follow the steps below to get started. However, we are happy to announce that the fall 2021 semester will return to in-person classes and normal campus operations with safety precautions in place.

IN-PERSON OPTION ADDED ON AUGUST 4! (limited to students only)
See step #3 below for details.

4. Recommended items to complete before your appointment

  • Please complete Part I of the New Student Orientation on Canvas, which contains a few quick action items, including a brief survey which provides your advisor with additional information about you in preparation for your appointment. Estimated completion time is 20–30 minutes.
  • We strongly recommend that you complete placement exams in English and/or math if they appear on your To Do List.
  • Check to see if the chemistry placement exam is recommended based on your major (this exam will not appear on your To Do List).

5. Attend your advising and registration appointment

In-Person: Please arrive between 9:45–10:00 AM for the event. Check your email confirmation for location information and other relevant details. Call (574) 520-5005 or email if you need to change or cancel your reservation.


  • Log in to your appointment via Zoom. You will find your appointment time and Zoom link in the registration confirmation email.
  • It is preferred that you use a computer or laptop as your advisor will be utilizing screen share to assist you in registering for classes.
  • Ensure that you are in a distraction-free environment for the duration of your appointment.
  • If you have trouble logging in, or did not receive a confirmation email, please contact the Gateway Information Center at (574) 520-5005 or

6. Items to complete after your registration appointment

Important reminders

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