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New Student Checklist        
(click here for a complete pdf version of the checklist)

  • Create your OneStart account
    Go to Onestart and click on "Don't have an account?" and then "Create my first IU computing accounts and passphrase." You will use this account to register for classes, check e-mail, pay your bill, view financial aid information, and much more. To activate your account, use your 10-digit student ID# from your admission certificate or the welcome letter from the Office of Student Services.

    Prior to meeting with an advisor, please verify that your account is functioning properly as you will use this to register for classes. Also, please bring your username and passphrase with you to orientation.
  • Confirm your admission
    Newly admitted students must confirm their intention to attend IU South Bend. This can be done online as follows:
    Log on to OneStart
    Look under "Services and Information"
    Under the "Academics" section, click on the "Admission Confirmation (IU South Bend)" link
    Select the status that applies to you and submit the form
  • Placement Exams - reading, math, English
    These must be completed prior to meeting your advisor or attending orientation. Refer to your admission packet to determine if any exams have been waived. Click here for exam reservations or call (574) 520-5005. Results may be accessed via OneStart. If you have difficulty accessing your scores, they will be available when you meet with an advisor.
  • Registering for Classes
    Most first-time students register prior to orientation. However, some register during or after orientation. Click on Registering for Classes for complete registration information for first-time students. This information is also mailed with your welcome letter from the Office of Student Services. If you have recently changed your major, contact the Office of Admissions at (574) 520-4839 or to update your records.
  • Reserve for new student orientation or transfer student orientation
    Orientation is required for all new students. Whether this is your first college experience or you are transferring from another college or university, orientation is designed for you to successfully navigate the university and be introduced to all its resources. There is a separate orientation for transfer students with 26 or more credit hours. Click here for orientation dates and online reservations. Students are highly encouraged to attend the earliest possible orientation.
  • Complete Transit, a Required Online Financial Literacy Unit
    All new students are required to complete the 60-minute online learning unit about personal finances. The interactive experience is a fast-paced 6 module mini-course on paying for college, budgets and spending, using credit cards, borrowing, and need-to-know financial protections for you and all new Indiana University freshmen.

    If you are ready to begin Transit, go to the section labeled "Financial" in the "Services & Information" box and click on the launch button beneath Required Financial Literacy. This will take you to the EverFi launch page, where you must select your campus from the dropdown menu and accept EverFi's terms of agreement to proceed to Transit. Once you've accepted the terms of agreement, click "let's get started" to begin working through the modules. Note: transfer students, international students, and students 21 or older are waived from this requirement.
  • What to bring to new student orientation
    Your OneStart account username and passphrase is all you need. Make sure you are able to log into OneStart PRIOR to attending orientation. If having difficulties, call the Information Center at (574) 520-5005.

    We will have everything else here for you. Be sure to dress weather appropriately and wear comfortable shoes. Click here for a sample agenda.
  • Directions to campus
    Orientation takes place on the IU South Bend campus in the University Grille, located in the Administration Building. You can park in the lot in front of the Student Activities Center. Maps and driving directions are available at
  • Accommodations
    If you require special accommodations, please contact the Office of Disability Support Services at (574) 520-4832.

  • Housing & Residence Life
    Live on campus and get the complete university experience! Easy access to campus resources, no commute, and beautiful furnished suites. For an application or more information (including a virtual tour) please go to or call the Office of Housing and Residential Life at (574) 520-5805. You will have the opportunity to tour housing at orientation.
  • Student Photo ID's
    If you are registered for classes, you may obtain your photo ID anytime, or you can wait until orientation. If you want to obtain your ID now, go to the Gateway Information Center, located in the main lobby of the Administration Building. Hours are Monday-Thursday, 8:00a - 5:30p and Friday, 8:00a - 5:00p. You will need to present another form of photo ID (i.e. driver's license) in order to receive your student ID. There is no charge for the first ID.
  • Parking Permits
    These will be available 30 days prior to to the start of classes at the Parking Services Office in Administration 123A.
  • Apply for Financial Aid
    If you wish to apply for financial aid or grants, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The priority filing deadline was March 10, any applications received after that date are processed in the order received. Please submit as soon as possible.

    The Office of Financial Aid will conduct an information session for students and parents at orientation and can answer questions about applying for aid. However, you can contact their office anytime with questions at or (574) 520-4357.
  • Sign up for direct deposit
    You may have your refund deposited directly into your personal checking or savings account and greatly reduce the time it takes to receive your refund. To arrange for direct deposit, log onto OneStart, then select "Sign up for Direct Deposit " under the "My Finances" heading and follow the step-by-step instructions. Additional information on refunds, fees, and making payments on your account may be found at the Bursar Services Web site at Reminder: no paper bills are mailed, all billing is done electronically. Refer to the Bursar Web site for details.
  • Check your Indiana University e-mail often
    You will receive many important reminders via e-mail prior to the start of classes. Look for info on financial aid, billing, textbooks, parking permits, and more. Access e-mail from your OneStart account. If you are unable to access your email, please contact the Gateway Information Center at (574) 520-5005.
  • Questions?
    Please call the Gateway Information Center at (574) 520-5005 or e-mail if you have questions or if you need to cancel or reschedule your orientation reservation.