Orientation and Transition

Welcome Week

Exciting activities and time-honored traditions, enjoyed with a community of diverse, smart, interesting people that will make you glad you chose to become a Hoosier.

That, in a nutshell, is Welcome Week. Whether you’re new or returning to campus, these events—which begin the Wednesday before the start of fall classes—will help you prepare for a successful year and experience what it means to be an IU student.

Each year, Welcome Week kicks off on the official Opening Day for the IU campus – the Wednesday before classes begin. Events continue through the first week of classes for new and returning students.

Welcome Week begins with the Freshman Induction Ceremony on Opening Day. All students living in residence centers receive a copy of the full schedule when they check in. Off-campus new students receive a copy by attending the Off-Campus student meetings on opening day. View the 2014 schedule below.

  • President McRobbie speaks at Induction Ceremony.

    Induction Activities

    Wednesday, August 20
    Your Induction into Indiana University! Induction Picnic immediately follows.  Family invited to both.

  • Students talk over bar-b-que grill.

    Open Houses

    Friday, August 22
    Tour the student services offices that will help you throughout your IU career.

  • Group of students pose for the camera.

    Transfer Kick-Off

    Wednesday, August 20
    Learn how to make the most of your first year and beyond.

  • Student slides down inflated slides at RecFest.


    Friday, August 22
    Try out IU’s recreational sports program, recognized as one of the nation’s best.

  • Off-campus student meeting.

    Off-Campus Freshman Meeting

    Wednesday, August 20
    Living off campus? Get tips to ease your transition and stay involved in student life.

  • IU cheerleader shaking pom-poms.

    Traditions & Spirit of IU

    Friday, August 22
    Show your IU spirit at this cream-and-crimson-filled pep rally.

  • Student leader runs a meeting in the dorm.

    Community/Floor Meetings

    Wednesday, August 20
    Get to know your floormates and your resident assistant in these required meetings.

  • Male student fills his plate with food.

    Taste of the Union

    Friday, August 22
    Sample the food and activities at the Indiana Memorial Union, IU’s most popular campus hangout.

  • Students stand and cheer at a football game.

    Residence Hall Activities

    Throughout Welcome Week
    Bond with your neighbors and broaden your horizons.

  • Game On!

    Friday, August 22
    Get your game on, while learning how tech at IU can save you time and money!

  • Student gets counseling on which courses to take.

    Academic Orientation

    Thursday, August 21
    Learn about the majors you’re considering from the faculty who will teach your courses.

  • Students holds up Batman product.

    Midnight Madness

    Friday, August 22
    Catch a ride on an IU shuttle to do some pre-semester shopping.

  • Dance entertainment at Culture Fest.


    Thursday, August 21
    Celebrate IU’s cultural diversity with food, music, and dancing.

  • New students pitch in during Service Day.

    New Student Service Day

    Saturday, August 23
    Connect with your new community, and other new students, through community service.

  • Representative from Target talks with student about jobs.

    Job Fairs

    Friday, August 22
    Explore the ways you can earn money and develop your skills by getting a part-time job.

  • Welcome Week Block Party

    Saturday, August 23
    Enjoy an evening of music and fun before classes start.

  • Students play games at Wells Library

    Herman B House Party at the Wells Library

    Cancelled for 2014
    Enjoy games, food, and prizes galore—and scope out future study spots.