The cost for participating in orientation is a part of 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 an on-campus residence hall with roommates 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. The residence hall will be air-conditioned and each person will be provided a pillow, pillowcase, bedspread, and towel. 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, as well as breakfast on day two. We will collect payment by cash, check, or credit card in-person during orientation check-in. You will need to inform us of your decision to stay overnight when you check-in to orientation, so please plan ahead. Send any questions to email@example.com.
Parents & Guests
Parents/adult guests have the option of staying on campus in a separate area of the residence hall, although most prefer to stay in an off-campus hotel. 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, as well as breakfast on day two. For parents/adult guests 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.
As mentioned above, those interested in staying in a local hotel or motel can visit the Cedar Falls Visitors and Tourism Bureau website for a detailed listing of options: https://www.cedarfallstourism.org/places-to-stay/.
Purple and Gold Dinner
Students and their guests have the option of staying for our Purple and Gold Dinner on the evening of the day one of first year orientation. This catered dinner is an orientation tradition, which features a pasta bar 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.