First-Year Information

We are excited that you have chosen the University of Northern Iowa for the next step in your journey and can't wait to officially welcome you to the Panther Family!

Orientation is required for all incoming students and attendance at all scheduled programming is required in order to be eligible to register for classes.

  • Orientation registration for students starting Spring 2023 is now open
  • Orientation registration for students starting Fall 2023 will open February 1

You must accept your offer of admission before you can register for orientation. 

Students laughing
Students laughing

Students Starting Spring 2023

Spring orientation is a half day online experience. 

During your orientation, you will:

  • register for classes with your academic advisor
  • meet other new panthers
  • learn about financial aid and other campus resources
  • activate your UNI email account

We look forward to helping you in your UNI journey. 

Three orientation leaders talking with a group of students on a sunny summer day on campus.
Three orientation leaders talking with a group of students on a sunny summer day on campus.

Orientation Dates for Spring Term 2023

All orientation sessions for students starting Spring 2023, will be held online via Zoom. These half day sessions will prepare you for your first semester at UNI. 

  • December 9 8:00AM - noon
  • December 9 noon - 4:30PM
  • December 12 8:00AM - noon
Orientation students surrounding their ordination leader posing for a photo on campus during a sunny day.
Orientation students surrounding their ordination leader posing for a photo on campus during a sunny day.

Summer Orientation 2023

First-year orientation is a one-day (8:00 AM - 5:00 PM), in-person, on-campus event. There is a virtual session for students who live a great distance from campus or are unable to travel to campus. We highly recommend attending an in person session if you are able. 

During your orientation, you will:

  • register for classes with your academic advisor
  • meet other new panthers
  • learn about financial aid and other campus resources
  • activate your UNI email account

We’re looking forward to providing you a customized orientation experience along with learning more about your goals and interests.

Before Your Orientation Session 

Let us know important information about you using your personalize online orientation portal. 

Your personalized online orientation portal will go live May 1 (for summer sessions) and November 1 (for winter sessions) or 1 -2 business days after you register for orientation. Make sure you log in and complete your Before Orientation Tasks, which are due a week before your orientation session.

Some of these tasks include:

  • taking the ALEKS math placement exam
  • letting us know what college credits you are transferring in

Parking & Check-in Information

For students attending an on campus orientation session. Parking is conveniently located off 23rd Street at the Multimodal Transportation Center. You will then make your way to the Union Ballrooms for check-in and the opening session: Becoming a Panther. 

Let the Fun Begin

Before Classes Begin

Panther Welcome

Being in a new environment can be both exciting and scary. We are here to help you make a smooth transition into your new home. 

Panther Welcome is a program designed to help new students:

  • make meaningful connections with other new students, current students, staff and faculty
  • take care of important business before classes begin
  • become acquainted with campus and Cedar Falls
  • discover University of Northern Iowa traditions
  • attend fun social events
  • find out what it means to be a UNI Panther!
The first week of classes

Welcome Week

Your first week at UNI is going to be full of fun and exciting events. These events are open to all students, so take the time to get to know returning students as well as new student. There are events happening every day of the week to help to start the year off on a high note. 

Events include:

  • Panthers Downtown
  • First Day of Class Pictures
  • Paddle on the Pond
  • CME Welcome Back BBQ
  • Crafty Cats
  • College Hill Farmers Market
  • Panthers Got Talent