New Student Orientation

Incoming Spring 2023 Students

It's exciting to start your college journey, but we also understand it can be equally overwhelming. Our New Student Orientation is designed to make the process as straightforward as possible.

At IU South Bend, our strong sense of community means there is always someone invested in your success and ready to do whatever it takes to help you to pursue your passions, achieve your goals, and make your mark on the world. If you have any questions along the way, always feel free to reach out for assistance.

We have both virtual and in-person options for you to register for classes and become familiar with our campus. Simply follow the steps below to get started!

1. Find your University ID

Before you get started, make sure you know your 10-digit University ID. You can find it on your admissions notices or look it up using the access management system.

Look up University ID

If you have not yet been admitted to IU South Bend, please contact the Office of Admissions before signing up for advising and registration.

2. Create or reactivate your IU computing account

After you create or reactivate your account, login to verify that your IU Email is set up (it may take up to 24 hours).

Create your account

If you have trouble activating your account, contact the UITS Help Desk at (574) 520-5555 or

3. Sign up for advising and registration

There are two options on registering for classes:

In-Person: Includes a mini-orientation, a full breakfast or lunch (depending on the date you attend), an optional campus tour, and the opportunity to obtain your CrimsonCard, the official student ID. You can also meet with various student support offices. This is an excellent opportunity to become familiar with the campus prior to the start of classes. Guests are welcome to attend, but are limited to 1 per student.

Virtual: Meet with an advisor via Zoom to register for classes. For an optimal advising/registration experience, you should utilize a desktop, laptop or tablet so you can share your screen with the advisor.

Schedule Your Advising Appointment

4. Before your appointment

  • Complete Part I of the New Student Orientation on Canvas, which contains a few quick action items to prepare you for your advising appointment. Estimated completion time is 20-30 minutes.
  • Look at your To Do List for items you may need to act on.
  • Take the math and/or English placement examif they appear on your To Do List and if your major is in the sciences, health sciences, or math/science education.
  • Check to see if the chemistry placement exam is recommended for your major.
  • Email Rick Dennie at if you have questions on any of the placement exams.
  • Check your personal email, which is where all orientation confirmations and reminders will be sent.

5. Attend your appointment


  • All orientation events will take place in the University Grill, located in the Administration Building on the IU South Bend campus. Click here for a map and directions. For all in-person events, students are limited to 1 guest.
  • Check your personal email for time/location and other information. If you have questions, contact our Information Center at (574) 520-5005 or


  • Log in to your appointment via Zoom. You will find your appointment time and Zoom link in the confirmation sent to your personal
  • It is preferred that you use a computer or laptop as your advisor will be utilizing screen share to assist you in registering for classes.
  • Ensure that you are in a distraction-free environment for the duration of your appointment.
  • If you have trouble logging in to Zoom, or have not received a confirmation email, please contact our Information Center at (574) 520-5005 or

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Phone: (574) 520-5005
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Indiana University South Bend

1700 Mishawaka Ave
South Bend, IN 46615
Phone: 574-520-4872