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

OneStart is Indiana University's Web-based application portal that provides a common front door to online services, including email, registration, tuition statements, payment options, and scholarship applications. You will need your student ID number to create your OneStart account. If you annot locate it, you can look it up here. If you would like assistance with setting up your account, please stop by the Gateway Information Center, located in the main lobby of the Administration Building, or call (574) 520-5005.

To create your OneStart account:

  • Go to OneStart
  • Click on Don't have an account? 
  • Click on Create my first IU computing accounts and passphrase.
  • This will bring you into the Account Management Service (AMS) page which will walk you through the account set-up.

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

Please check your Admission Certificate to learn which placement exams (English and/or math) you will be required to take prior to registering for classes. Placement exams are offered at no cost on both teh South Bend campus and at the Elkhart Center. Please note that a computer automated "due date" based on your time of admission will be visible in OneStart. This specific "due date" can be disregarded as long as placement exams are completed before Orientation and advising sessions.

  • Exam Reservations:  Click here for exam reservations or call (574) 520-5005.
  • Preparing for the Exams:  Pre-exam workshops are available for the math exam. Click here for workshop dates.
  • Exemptions from Placement Exams: Students with AP scores or who took college-level coursework while in high school, as well as those who are transferring to IU South Bend from a regionally accredited post-secondary institution may be exempt from exams based upon exam equivalencies or transferable credit hours.
  • Special Accommodations:  Students with a documented disability requiring accommodation should make arrangements in advance with Disability Support Services by calling (574) 520-4460.
  • Accessing and Interpreting Exam Results:  Instructions for accessing your exam results through your OneStart account, as well as information about which courses are prescribed from the results, can be found at


There are two different orientation programs for students new to IU South Bend:

New Student Orientation
You will attend this program if you are either of the following

    • First-time college student
    • Transfer student with less than 26 credit hours (freshman standing)

Registration for the above students takes place during orientation, so it is to your advantage to attend the earliest possible orientation.

Non-Traditional Student Orientation
You have the option of attending this program if you are any of the following:

    • Transfer student with 26 or more credit hours (sophomore standing and above)
    • Age 21 or older
    • Veteran

Transfer students with 26 or more hours have the option of registering for classes prior to orientation. Call (574) 520-5005 for advising contact information. Veterans and students 21 or older will register for classes during the Non-Traditional Student Orientation program.

Reservations for all orientation programs are required. Click here for orientation reservations or call (574) 520-5005. Seating is lmited for each orientation and reservations will be made on a first come, first served basis.

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 Grill, 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

Cancel/Reschedule Orientation
Call (574) 520-5005 or email if you need to cancel or reschedule your orientation reservation.


  • 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.
  • Disability Support Services:  Admitted students who wish to receive information about auxiliary aids or services, accommodations, and assistance should contact the Disability Support Services Office as soon as possible to schedule an appointment with a representative. Call (574) 520-4460 or email

Please call the Gateway Information Center at (574) 520-5005 or e-mail if you have questions on any of the above information.