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Adjusting to College

IU has been recognized in national publications for the quality and success of its programs for first-year students. Here are a few programs you and your son or daughter should consider participating in before the start of the fall semester.

Your student’s official introduction to IU will begin at New Student Orientation, which runs through the months of June and July. During this two-day program, your son or daughter will meet with advisors, register for fall courses, and learn more about the programs and services available at IU. You will be invited to attend the orientation program for parents during this time. There is a separate orientation for international students to help them adjust to IU and life in the United States.

Welcome Week

A five-day orientation program, Welcome Week begins the day students move into residence halls and includes information sessions, tours, and open houses as well as academic, cultural, and social events. Family members are invited to the kick-off events: the Freshman Induction Ceremony and the Induction Picnic, where you’ll see your child off as he or she begins adjusting to college.

Intensive Freshman Seminars (IFS)

IFS take place for two weeks just before the fall semester. Your student will live in a residence hall, earn three college credit hours, study with top professors in small classes, become familiar with campus life and college expectations, and make friends.


This program gives students the chance to participate in an adventurous orientation experience just before the start of the school year. Exciting IUBeginnings journeys take place all over the country and right here in Bloomington. Students choose a track, come to campus early, and are back on campus in time for classes.

Conflicts with Roommates

A major part of adjusting to college life is learning to live with other students in shared housing. Conflicts with roommates occur less frequently than people imagine. Most roommate conflicts can be resolved with discussion and compromise, just like most sibling conflicts. Resident assistants (RAs) can be helpful, but if all else fails, after the second week of classes, students can request a room change. If you want more information about this, contact Residential Programs and Services.

Support Programs and Services

IU offers a variety of support programs and services designed to help students adjust to college academics, including:

  • Disability services: Accommodations and equipment for students with learning or physical disabilities, including accessible van transportation, tutoring, interpreters for the deaf, mobility training, test accommodations, and adaptive computer technology.
  • Diversity services: Resources for underrepresented student populations, including cultural programs, student organizations, and mentors.
  • Student Academic Center: Courses, workshops, and tutors that help your student adjust to college academics.