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Getting Started at UNI

What programs are available to assist me as I transition to UNI?


  • All new degree-seeking UNI students participate in an orientation and registration program prior to their first semester of enrollment. This program will help you prepare for the academic, co-curricular, financial, and social aspects of your college experience. Visit the orientation web page for more information.
  • Eligible students will also receive an invitation to Jump Start, an extended orientation program for students from ethnic minority backgrounds, and students who have participated in TRiO programs such as Upward Bound and Educational Talent Search. This program will allow you to meet new people, learn about university resources, and get connected to the UNI community during the week before classes begin in the fall.
  • You will be officially welcomed to the campus during Welcome Week, which provides exciting and interactive activities during the opening days of the fall semester.
  • Your family will be welcomed back to campus during Family Weekend, an annual campus-wide event in the fall semester that includes activities for families sponsored by academic and co-curricular departments around campus.
  • If you are trying to figure out how to pay for college and manage your money, consider signing up for the Live Like a Student course which will teach you more about living within your financial means.
  • If you have any specific questions about transitioning to college and aren't sure where to start, contact Kristin Woods, Coordinator of New Student Programs, at 319-273-2332 or
  • You're welcome to bring a car with you to campus. However, parking spaces are limited and freshman parking spots are not located near academic buildings. You may want to consider leaving your car at home during your freshman year - you'll save money on gas and a parking pass, and you'll be able to make friends through carpooling. You'll also find that UNI is a very walkable campus, with residence halls, on-campus jobs, and academic buildings all centrally located and quickly accessible by foot and/or bike.