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First Year Orientation Checklist



This checklist is a guide for several of the things you should do in preparation for orientation and registration. Keep in mind that this list is not all-inclusive, but it does organize a number of tasks that are required as you transition to UNI. It is also important that you carefully read all materials you receive from the University.

Please also note that first year orientation is a two-day program. It is mandatory to attend all sessions on day one (into the evening), and all sessions on day two (which end around 2:00pm). See the frequently asked questions section of the orientation web page for more information.




Activate Your MyUNIverse Account

When admitted, you received a letter from the Office of Admissions that included your CatID and student number. This information allows you to access your MyUNIverse account, a personalized web portal. In order to activate your account, visit the UNI Homepage, click on the MyUNIverse link on the top right of the page, enter your CatID, and follow the directions listed under the "New User" information link. You will be using your MyUNIverse portal during orientation to register for classes.

Immunization Requirement Form

Watch for your immunization requirement form mailing from the UNI Student Health Clinic prior to your orientation session. Review the requirements and mail information to the health clinic, or bring it with you to orientation. View requirements here: Immunization Requirements.

Financial Aid Tasks

1) Review your online Financial Aid Award Notification (accessible mid-spring), available through MyUNIverse within your "Student Center" . Paper award letters are no longer mailed to students; all initial awards are available on MyUNIverse. Grants and UNI scholarships are automatically accepted for students. Work-study and loans require acceptance via the online award. Please read the materials that accompany the Financial Aid Award for more information on loans and other forms of financial aid.

2) Report all off-campus/hometown scholarships to the UNI Office of Student Financial Aid. This can be done via the online award by clicking " Report Other Aid" within your Student Center.

3) Complete Direct Loan Entrance Counseling found at the Federal Student Aid website. Entrance counseling is required prior to any disbursement of loans to the University. We encourage all students to complete this process if they ever plan to borrow during their collegiate career. If choosing to accept a loan, students and parents need to complete separate electronic master promissory notes at the Federal Student Aid website.

For more information, visit the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships.

Campus Employment | Details

Nearly half of all UNI students will work on the UNI campus annually. Students can work between 4-20 hours per week averaging about $8 per hour. While nearly every department hires students, the majority of students work in dining, library, athletics, and wellness services. Most positions are non-work study (though they will accept work study applicants). If a student plans to work during their time at UNI, they should bring official IDs to campus which may include a Social Security Card, Birth Certificate, Passport, or other ID's as outlined here.

Students will have access to the Job Board upon the completion of their Orientation. If a student/parent wants to preview positions, they can visit this link and login using the username: demo and password: 123.

Special Accommodations Request for Orientation Programs

Special accommodations for students and family members with disabilities and/or special dietary requirements will be provided upon request. Please notify us of your needs at least two weeks prior to your arrival. This can be done online as you complete your reservation, by emailing or by calling 319-273-2467.

ALEKS Math Placement Test

ALEKS is a mathematics placement exam used at the University of Northern Iowa to determine appropriate placement in math course(s). All new UNI students are expected to take the math placement exam at least two weeks prior to orientation. Access ALEKS through your MyUNIverse account (using your CatID login and password). For more information, visit

Notify UNI of Previous College Credits

Make arrangements to have a transcript sent to the UNI Office of Admissions for college credit earned:

College Coursework: Ask the college granting you credit to send a transcript to UNI, including any courses that you are currently taking. For example, if you are taking a psychology course through your high school for Kirkwood Community College credit, you must contact Kirkwood and ask them to send a transcript directly to UNI. If you are unsure of whether UNI has received your official transcripts prior to your orientation date, please bring appropriate documentation (such as unofficial transcripts) to orientation. This will provide academic advisors with more accurate information about degree requirements you have already completed.

Please note: You must have official transcripts sent directly to the UNI Office of Admissions for earned college credits from all previous institutions to be entered in your official UNI records.




CatID for MyUNIverse Login

You will be logging in to MyUNIverse for multiple functions during orientation, including online registration. You will need your username and password in order to access MyUNIverse.

List of Exams Taken for College Credit

Even if you haven't yet received scores for Advanced Placement exams, bring along a list of the specific exams that you have taken. This will help your academic advisors to identify which course requirements you may have already completed.

Financial Aid Materials

A complete listing and the amounts of your hometown scholarships can be reported during orientation. You may also submit hometown scholarship checks during orientation.

Health Requirement Form and Insurance Cards

You should have received the Health Requirement Immunization Verification form in the mail from the UNI Student Health Clinic. If you have not turned in this form prior to orientation, bring it with you to your orientation session. The Student Health Clinic staff will collect copies of your immunization records and can scan copies of your health and pharmacy insurance cards at the Student Resource Fair.

Comfortable Walking Shoes

We will be walking between University buildings throughout the day, so it's important to dress appropriately.


It's best to be prepared for the occasional rain shower, as we will be walking across campus.