Fall 2015 | Your To-Do List

Fall 2015 classes begin August 24, 2015.  Soon, you’ll be packing your belongings and heading to your new home at the University of Idaho. To help you make the most of the time between now and then, we’ve provided this checklist of important things to do before you arrive on campus. Click on the items listed below to learn more about each of your to-dos and check back frequently for new additions to the list.

Your To-Do List

  • 1. Set up your Vandal accounts.

    Setting up your Vandal accounts as soon as possible ensures that you will receive crucial information on important updates about financial aid, billing, housing, registration, deadlines and more.

    Be sure to check your VandalWeb and VandalMail accounts frequently to make sure you don't miss important information.

    VandalWeb is important because it allows you access to your transcripts, student account, add/drop class forms, registration and many other important items that will help with your success at the University of Idaho.

    VandalMail is important because it is the official email used by your professors, academic advisor, and the different university departments to communicate important dates and information with you.

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  • 2. Confirm your enrollment.

    The University of Idaho requires a $100 deposit to secure your space in the incoming class and make all necessary plans for your arrival so we can officially welcome you to the Vandal family!

    The enrollment deposit is required for all new first-year, transfer, and international students who are enrolling at the University of Idaho in the fall and spring semesters. Qualified waivers may be requested by those who meet specific criteria.

    May 1 is the enrollment deposit deadline, and deposits submitted after May 1 will be processed on a case-by-case basis.

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  • 3. Connect with your academic advisor and register for classes.

    As a new Vandal, you’ve got a whole world of fascinating ideas available to you, and we recognize you’ll need some guidance on what courses to choose – especially as you’re getting started. Over the course of your Vandal career, your academic advisor will help you understand the general core requirements, balance your course load, and make personal and professional connections within the Vandal community.

    As you're thinking about your first semester, please consult the How to Register page for detailed instructions on how to prepare for your initial advising conversation. Once you’ve got all your documents ready (e.g. ACT/SAT scores, core classes to take, and the appropriate math and English courses), please use the advisor finder tool to connect with the advising contact in your department. If you’ve decided to change your major or are unsure what major you indicated on your application for admission, please call the Admissions Office at 208-885-6326.

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  • 4. Visit Idaho.

    Visit the Moscow campus and see all that the University of Idaho has to offer!

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  • 5. Sign up for New Student Orientation.

    (No need to register if you already signed up for sorority or fraternity recruitment, which includes New Student Orientation)

    Fall 2015 New Student Orientation, August 20-23, is your opportunity to get acquainted with campus, meet new friends, and learn vital information about campus life and student activities. Sign up in advance using our online form.

    There is also Parent Orientation for Vandal Parents and Guardians. You can sign up your parents for Parent Orientation when you sign up for New Student Orientation.

    International Students sign up for International Student Orientation only.

    Please note that the cost of New Student Orientation and Parent Orientation ($100 per student) will be automatically charged to new undergraduate students' accounts, apart from tuition and fees, and is non-refundable regardless of NSO event attendance.

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  • 6. Confirm your on-campus living plans.

    All first-year students are required to live on campus, as on-campus living is proven to help you succeed while going to college.

    Our beautiful residential campus offers many great living options to choose from including the residence halls, Greek houses, and Steel House women's co-operative.

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  • 7. Note important financial dates.

    Be aware of these important dates and deadlines:

    1. June – Review your financial aid awards on VandalWeb. If you have a student loan, complete the master promissory note and entrance counseling online.

    2. Mid-July – You will receive your University bill that includes charges for tuition & fees, residence hall & meal plan charges for on-campus housing and health insurance. Note: health insurance may be waived if you are covered under another policy. Financial aid and scholarship awards that have been accepted on VandalWeb will be included if you are enrolled half-time (6 credits undergraduate/5 credits graduate) for Stafford loans and full-time (12 credits undergraduate/9 credits graduate) for scholarships and grants.

    3. August 18 – Be sure to authorize direct deposit on VandalWeb by this date so that the earliest disbursement of financial aid residual funds can be deposited into your checking or savings account. Financial aid awards are first applied to university charges. Residual funds are then released to students for books, living expenses, etc.

    4. August 24 – Residual funds will be deposited into your bank on or near this estimated date. Watch your VandalMail for a notice from Student Accounts to let you know the funds have been sent for direct deposit.

    5. August 24 – (first day of classes) – All semester tuition, fees, residence hall & meal plan charges for on-campus housing, and health insurance must be paid at the Student Accounts Office, on VandalWeb, or through the mail. Monthly payment plans are available through Student Accounts.

    6. September 4 – Financial aid will be adjusted at 5PM to reflect the number of credits for which you are enrolled. Loans require half-time enrollment (6 credits). Most scholarships, work study, Perkins, and SEOG require full-time enrollment (12 credits).

  • 8. Plan your travel and family lodging.

    If you’re driving to campus, plan your route to and around campus.

    Spokane International Airport, a 1.5-hour drive from Moscow, is the closest major airport (shuttle service is available). Regional airports include the Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport and Lewiston-Nez Perce County Regional Airport. Greyhound and Northwestern Trailways both provide bus service to Moscow.

    Make hotel reservations for your family for the start of school. Accommodations fill up fast!

  • 9. Send all final, official transcripts to the Office of Admissions.
    First Year Students: Place an early request with your high school to mail us a transcript after graduation. We will need a final transcript showing your graduation date.

    Transfers: If you have finished all of your classes at a college or university, be sure we have an official transcript from that school showing all of your classes and final grades. If you are still enrolled in college classes, place an early request with the Registrar’s Office to have a transcript mailed to us once you have completed all of your classes and final grades have been posted.

    Send transcripts to:
    Office of Admissions
    University of Idaho
    875 Perimeter Dr
    MS 4264
    Moscow, ID 83844-4264
  • 10. Pre-order your textbooks.

    Skip the lines! Pre-order your books online from the VandalStore and have them waiting for you when you arrive on campus. You will receive an e-mail when your order is ready to pick up. 

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  • 11. Pick Up the Common Read.

    All 2015-2016 first-year students will be reading the same book and discussing it in their ISEM 101 Integrated Seminars. Transfer students are also encouraged to participate. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr is this year's Common Read selection.

    You can order the book online at the VandalStore at a discounted price or purchase it in your home town.

    The Common Read program is designed to help students prepare intellectually and academically for their first semester at the University of Idaho. Themes and ideas from the book will be used in civic engagement activities, classes across a variety of disciplines, and campus speaker events. 

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  • 12. Complete the Campus Safety Program.

    The first semester on any college campus presents risks for new students.

    Knowing how to navigate challenging situations is key to student success and safety. The University of Idaho requires that all new, full-time, undergraduate students under age 24 on the Moscow campus complete the Think About It program.

    Not meeting the November 1, 2015 deadline for completion of the online program will result in students receiving an enrollment hold. This means that students will not be able to register for Spring courses.

    Starting in mid-July, students receive an email in their Vandal Mail Accounts with a personalized link to complete the Think About It program.

    Students who complete the program by midnight on Sunday, August 23 (the day before classes begin) will receive a limited-edition Vandal t-shirt and be entered to win an iPad mini. Students who complete before September 6 will still be entered to win the iPad mini.

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    • Check Your Vandal Mail for a Think About It email with your personalized link.
    • Win Cool Prizes: Complete the program by August 23, 2015
    • Avoid Enrollment Hold: Complete the Program by November 1, 2015.
  • 13. Get Started on Vandal GPS.

    Vandal GPS is an online resource designed to help you transition to the University of Idaho. It provides critical information in a timely fashion and gives you a chance to explore BBLearn in a no-risk environment. Although it's called a "Course", Vandal GPS will not be graded. It's meant to help you understand what it will feel like to be a first semester student.

    Before you arrive in August, please take the opportunity to read through the Before Classes Start section of the course. That’s it for now. When you get to New Student Orientation, you should read through the section on Weeks 1-2 and follow the course forward.

    Please login to BBLearn using your NetID and password, then look for Vandal GPS 2015 under My Courses.

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  • 14. Prepare your computer.

    Planning on bringing your own computer to campus? Have a PDA or Smart Phone? Information Technology Services (ITS) has recommendations to help you prepare for technology use on campus. The best part - these items can be accomplished even before you arrive at U-Idaho.

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  • 15. Get your Vandal Card.

    Once you are registered for classes, you can get your Vandal Card. Your Vandal Card serves as your student ID, meal card, Student Rec Center and athletic event pass, library card, residence hall building key, and can be used like a university prepaid debit card. The Vandal Card Office is located on the first floor of the Bruce Pitman Center and is open from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. during the academic year. If you are close to campus or just visiting, get your card early to avoid lines when you arrive in August.

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  • 16. Connect and stay updated with the University through social media.
    Its tough being in a new place. Get connected with student groups, university organizations and events going on in Moscow and at the University through social media. 

    Share your experiences and learn about #UIdaho through pictures on Instagram

    Stay up to date on the experiences you've had at #UIdaho through Facebook

    Get the latest information about #UIdaho on Twitter

    Experience the action at the University of Idaho, follow the UIdaho YouTube channel.


    Interested in following a certain group on campus? Find their Facebook or other social media options on the University of Idaho Social Media Directory. 
  • 17. Start packing - What to bring (and what to leave at home).

    In addition to your personal and room items, be sure to bring your own office and school supplies. If you don’t have a computer, remember all students have free access to the 15+ computer labs on campus.

    Pets (except fish) are not allowed in the residence halls. Halogen lamps and cooking equipment, other than microwaves (limited to 800 watts), also are not allowed in the residence halls. Microwave/refrigerator combination units are provided in all residence hall rooms.

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