The cost for participating in orientation is included in the $250 New Student Programs/Matriculation fee. This one-time, mandatory fee is included within the acceptance fee you pay in advance of orientation sign-up and funds a variety of initiatives and programs for new students. See uni.edu/admissions/accept for details.
Students will be housed in a double room in Bender Hall with one other student of the same gender. Staying on-campus during orientation provides more opportunities for getting to know other UNI students, and enjoying informal social activities in the evening. Students who stay in the residence hall during orientation report making more connections with peers, and feeling better prepared to start their first semester. Bender Hall is not air conditioned, so plan to bring a fan if you will be staying overnight on campus. Each person will be provided a pillow, pillowcase, bedspread, and towel. Please note that accommodations are not comparable to those found in hotels (no TV, air conditioning, etc.). The cost of staying overnight on campus during orientation is $50 per person, and includes a ticket to the Purple and Gold dinner and late night snacks on day one, and breakfast on day two. Please do not send payment for this overnight fee in advance. We will collect payment by cash, check, or ubill charge in person during orientation check-in.
Parents and Guests
Parents have the option of staying on campus in a separate area of Bender Hall, although most prefer to stay in an off-campus hotel. Accommodations in Bender Hall are not equivalent to those in a hotel. For example, in-room amenities such as television and air conditioning are not provided. The cost of staying overnight on campus during orientation is $50 per person, and includes a ticket to the Purple and Gold dinner and late night snacks on day one, and breakfast on day two. For parents who wish to stay off campus, lists of area hotels are available through the Cedar Falls Tourism and Visitors Bureau at www.cedarfallstourism.org or 800-845-1955.
Those interested in staying in a local hotel or motel can visit the Cedar Falls Visitors and Tourism Bureau web site for a detailed listing of options. www.cedarfallstourism.org/places-to-stay/default.aspx
Purple and Gold Dinner
Students and family members have the option of staying for our Purple and Gold Dinner on the evening of the first day of freshman orientation. This catered dinner is an orientation tradition, and features UNI favorites such as chicken breast, ham, mashed potatoes, cheese lasagna, vegetable sides, and delicious desserts. Beverages will also be included. Tickets are $15 per person. Students who have purchased an overnight stay for $50 will have the Purple and Gold Dinner ticket included in that package, and will not need to purchase a separate dinner ticket.