Celebrate 50 Years
Online New Student Orientation

Frequently Asked Questions

What do I need to bring to my College Day?

Answer: A government issued photo ID and any important paperwork you have questions regarding (Financial Aid documents, transcripts, etc.). You may also want to bring a jacket/sweatshirt as some of the rooms can get a little cold.

Where do I need to go for my College Day?

Answer: Enter off of the Crescent entrance to campus and parking in Parking Garage 2-follow the signs. Your College Day will begin in Walb Union on the first floor by the Bookstore.

Can a parent/guardian/family member attend with me?

Answer: Yes, your parents, guardians, or guest can attend your College Day with you. They will have a different schedule during parts of the day, but will spend the majority of the time with you.

Do I need to complete New Student Orientation?

Answer: Yes, it is mandatory that you complete New Student Orientation in order to register for classes. All incoming students are required to complete the Online requirement then schedule their College Day to meet with an academic advisor who will assist you in understanding the requirements of your major and in selecting courses.

Are placement tests required?

Answer: Students will be required to complete both the Math Placement test (on campus) and the English Guided Self placement (online) prior to attending New Student Orientation.


  1. Students who have completed college level Math or English at a regionally accredited college (eg: North Central), a dual credit course, or a school based program with a grade of C- or above do not need to complete placement tests in these areas. 

    • Note, official college transcripts must be submitted to Admissions for an evaluation of transfer credits in Math or English.

  2. Students who have taken Math or English AP or CLEP exams and have submitted scores to the Admissions office to be evaluated for transfer credit.

What is FERPA?

Answer: Once you begin classes at the university, all of your records including, but not limited to, academic records, financial records, medical records, etc., are protected by the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). This law, in working to protect your privacy, can appear to be a roadblock to family members or can work as a catalyst for parents and students to communicate about things like grades and bills. Specific questions about FERPA should be directed to the Registrar

What is myIPFW?

Answer: The official mode of communication on campus is email. The university's portal—myIPFW—is your link to WebMail, Blackboard, OASIS (how you register for classes), student calendar of events, academic info, financial info, and Helmke Library. IPFW will use email to communicate with you about registration, billing and other important information. Account activation is required for all students.

  • Go to myIPFW now and follow the instructions to activate your account.