Before Orientation

  • Apply for financial assistance and Check your “To Do List” items often through

    Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at Be sure to indicate IUPUI’s school code (001813) when filling out the 2018-2019 FAFSA. The 2018-2019 FAFSA is available starting October 1st, 2017 and will use the tax information from 2016. Using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) to complete your application will speed-up processing time and, if selected for verification, reduce the amount of paperwork your student needs to return to the Office of Student Financial Services. By providing your FAFSA information earlier, we will be able to provide financial aid notifications starting in late December for newly admitted incoming students. The priority deadline is March 10, 2018. For more information, contact the Office of Student Financial Services at (317) 274-4162 or visit

    To Do List must be completed in order for you to receive financial aid. Therefore, it is very important that you check your To Do List on a regular basis and turn in all requested documents in a timely fashion since most forms take at least 10 business days to process.

  • Apply for scholarships

    Scholarships are available to IUPUI students from many different sources.  The Indiana University scholarship general application is available through One.IU by searching on scholarships. IUPUI awards scholarships to students in recognition of academic achievement, leadership, community service and under-represented populations.  Be sure to check with your academic school at IUPUI for their scholarship opportunities.  Also, encourage your student to apply for scholarships available in the community and with your employer. Other great resources are or Deadlines will vary for each scholarship.

  • Check out Budget Balancer
    The IUPUI Budget Balancer is an interactive web calculator found at This tool allows a user to estimate and evaluate college costs and resource options related to college enrollment. This tool provides a running calculation between estimated expenses and estimated financial resources. Users can use this interactive tool to "do the math" in the estimate of expenses and resources and get an idea of the need to reduce potential expenses or obtain other financial resources.
  • Pay the $100 non-refundable enrollment deposit

    Incoming freshmen admitted for the fall term are required to submit a non-refundable enrollment deposit of $100 by May 1, 2018 to formally accept their offer of admission to IUPUI. Upon enrolling, this deposit will be credited to their tuition. Students who are Indiana 21st Century Scholars or receiving select scholarships are exempt from paying the deposit, but must request their waiver online. Pay the deposit today, request a waiver, or review frequently asked questions at Payment or waiver request must be received in order to place a reservation for the Student Orientation Program.  For more information, contact the Office of Admissions at (317) 274-4591 or visit

  • Create university technology account
    Students must create their IUPUI username and passphrase by visiting One.IU and selecting Create My First IU Account. Your student’s university log-in provides access to many important tools for your student, such as student orientation, placement testing, email, Canvas, and One.IU.

    Follow the steps listed on the screen. *Please note that if your student created an IUPUI login to track their admission status, your student will need to log in to One.IU and click Create Additional Accounts or Email Management and follow the steps on the screen.

    Email is IUPUI’s primary method of communication. Once a student has completed signing up for email (we recommend that your student creates an IUPUI email account), they will begin to receive messages and communication. Therefore, it is important that your student checks their email frequently.

    If your student created a username and passphrase after being admitted, no further action is required. Your student can proceed with registering for orientation.

    For questions or more information about your student’s University Technology Account, please contact University Information Technology Services at (317) 274-4357.
  • Reserve date for orientation
    Orientation is designed to provide information to support you and your student’s transition to IUPUI. During the orientation program, university staff, academic advisors, and orientation leaders will share the expectations of the major, course selection options, assist in course registration, and help you explore academic and student life. A family program is included as part of the orientation experience to help you prepare for your role in this new chapter of your student’s life. Orientation is a vital part of student success and is required for all new students. Your student’s orientation can be reserved by visiting Payment of your student’s enrollment deposit must be received and applied to their account before a reservation for an orientation can be made. For more information or assistance with making a reservation, contact the Office of Orientation Services at (317) 274-4240 or
  • Complete placement testing
    All placement testing must be completed prior to your student’s orientation program. At orientation, an academic advisor will use your student’s test scores to place them into courses that give them the best chance for success. Encourage your student to complete all required placement tests as soon as possible to avoid registration complications.

    To learn about the different placement tests, please visit
  • Secure housing options

    Experience On-Campus Urban Living at IUPUI!

    Housing and Residence Life provides a convenient, safe, and student-focused living environment in the heart of Indianapolis by offering traditional residence halls, apartments and townhomes conducive to students’ social and academic success. In fact, students living on-campus earn higher GPAs and graduate at a higher rate than students residing off-campus. From Residential Based Learning Communities to intentional programming designed to support your student’s growth outside the classroom, the on-campus living experience is uniquely focused on supporting your student’s success.

    Housing spaces are limited, so students are encouraged to apply early online at   

    Plan Ahead

    March 15: Apply before this date to receive priority consideration for on-campus housing.

    April:  Housing contract offers begin.  Make sure your student is regularly checking their university email account.

    End of July: Roommate and move-in details are distributed via email. 

    Explore all that Housing and Residence Life has to offer and apply at For more information and to receive assistance during the application process, please call (317) 274-7200 or email

    Off-campus living

    There are many options available for students looking to live off-campus. Starting in middle to late spring, begin looking at properties to compare costs and other amenities. Each property will have a different timeline for when a lease needs to be signed, so check with them for further clarification. It is advised to select a place to live and prepare to sign a lease by May. For a listing of off-campus housing options, apartment hunting checklists, budgeting worksheet, crime statistics, or more information, contact the Office of Housing and Residence Life at (317) 274- 7200 or visit

  • Adaptive Educational Services

    In order to receive services for a documented disability, contact Adaptive Educational Services (AES). Your student must complete an interview, fill out an AES application form, and submit all current comprehensive documentation that substantiates the nature and severity of disabilities. For more information, contact Adaptive Educational Services at (317) 274-3241 or visit

  • Upload a photo for the CrimsonCard (Student ID)

    CrimsonCard is the official photo ID at Indiana University and is used to access a variety of essential services. Your student will be asked to upload a photo that meets the photo standards at least 7 days prior to arriving at New Student Orientation. 

  • Review degree requirements

    Getting off to a great start is very important to your student’s success at IUPUI. Planning to complete a degree in four years starts with the first semester! Encourage your student to take this opportunity prior to orientation to review the degree requirements for their chosen major at If your student wants to confirm or explore majors, have them check out the exploration tools at