New Student Orientation

Incoming fall 2021 students

Gateway Information Center

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.

4. Recommended items to complete before your appointment

  • Enroll in the New Student Orientation on Canvas. We strongly recommend completing Part I of this orientation before your advising appointment. Estimated time to complete the module is 20 minutes.
  • We strongly recommend that you complete the placement exams listed on your To Do List
Take placement exams

5. Attend your advising and virtual registration appointment

Log in to your appointment via Zoom. You'll find the link in the registration confirmation email and subsequent reminders to your personal and IU Email addresses.

If you have trouble logging in, call the Gateway Information Center at (574) 520-5005 or email

6. Items to complete after your registration appointment

Important reminders

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Phone: (574) 520-5005
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