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To-Do List

Congratulations! You are well on your way to your first class at the University of Idaho. There are just a few things to do before you can start. To help make your time here more productive and successful we've set up a to-do list to help you with those few things. Check back often to stay on track.

Start Here - Admitted 101

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.

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

VandalWeb allows you access to your transcripts, student account, add/drop class forms, registration and many other important items that are vital to your success at the University of Idaho.

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

Duo Multifactor Authentication (MFA) provides extra protection for your account. You will be directed to enroll in Duo MFA when you set up your account.

If you have any questions or trouble along the way, you can contact ITS at 208-885-HELP(4357) or

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If you haven't already, make sure to file your FAFSA. It's the key to getting all the scholarships, grants and low-interest government loans you deserve.

It's free to apply! Enter U of I school code 001626 when filling out the application.

There are no income limits for FAFSA. Any eligible student can file.

Need help? Email for one-on-one, personalized help from a U of I Financial Aid Counselor!

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Have you decided which living opportunity is right for you!?!? All first-year students in Moscow 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 opportunities including the residence halls and fraternity or sorority chapter facilities.

Fraternity and Sorority Life

Comprised of over 35 chapters, Fraternity and Sorority Life at the University of Idaho provides a co-curricular experience to over 20% of the student body.

The Moscow campus is home to 26 chapter facilities that house all our Panhellenic Sororities and most of our IFC Fraternities. Living in a chapter facility fulfills your first year live on requirement. Our members live in for most of their student experience and take on advanced leadership roles in their organization.

Here’s how it works

  • Register for Formal Recruitment by Aug. 1:
  • After Registering:
    • Do your research about our organizations and complete your online education modules (emailed to participants in June)
    • Check your student email for updates, packing lists, arrival details and a schedule (released in July)
  • Parents and Family:
    • Travel to campus and help your student check-in on Aug. 10. You are welcome to attend the recruitment kick-off event and orientation. Most family members depart after attending the afternoon sessions
  • After Recruitment:
    • Students move into their new home on Bid Day (Aug. 15). Your new sisters or brothers will help you move in and guide you through your new member experience. First year students are expected to attend the university’s new student orientation
      • Students interested in living in the residence halls and becoming a member of a fraternity/sorority will move into their fall room assignments and participate in Bid Day celebrations

Housing and Residence Life

Housing and Residence Life offers 24 different living communities in four different building options. Students get to choose their building, room and roommate to ensure they get the college experience they deserve.

Engage with your vandal family and friends right outside your door. Our dynamic residence halls are designed to promote student learning with positive social interactions.

Thrive, where living, friendship and fun unite in a welcoming atmosphere that provides a place for you to feel connected.

Succeed with our residential support network that will ensure you have all the tools needed to be successful in your academic career.

Steps to Reserve Your Room

Can’t decide? Then do both!

Enjoy all the benefits of membership in a fraternity or sorority while living in your own residence hall room. Students interested in joining a fraternity or sorority while living in a residence hall should register for fall recruitment and complete the housing application.

Pick your UIdaho Bound event: Sign-up and attend a UIdaho Bound event date this spring or summer. It’s our signature event for newly admitted students like you.

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New Student Orientation begins August 17, 2022. Sign up today to get acquainted with campus, meet new friends and learn vital information about campus life and student activities.

NOTE: All new, full-time U of I undergraduates on the Moscow campus are automatically charged the $100 New Student Orientation fee.

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At the University of Idaho, we all play a role in creating a safer and healthier campus community and supporting our Vandal family. The Voices for Change safety program for undergraduates will help you navigate challenging situations. Students will receive an email invitation in their VandalMail account detailing how to access Voices for Change.

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As you're ready to register for your fall classes, let your advisor know you’re ready to register.

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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.

Next Steps - Steps for Success

Your VandalCard is your student ID for U of I. Request your card and have it mailed to you in three to five business days after the card is printed by selecting the “mail the card” option and entering your mailing address into the description field. You can also choose to pick it up in the Student Technology Center (TLC 128) if you are in Moscow, or if you are in Boise, at the Idaho Water Center 190 or College of Law Boise building.

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Skip the lines! Pre-order your books online from the VandalStore and have them waiting for you when you arrive in Moscow. You will receive an email when your order is ready to pick up. If you're attending classes in Boise, Coeur d'Alene or Idaho Falls you can order books from the VandalStore and have them shipped to your home address. 

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The University of Idaho requires all full-time, fee-paying, degree-seeking undergraduate students enrolled in 12 or more credits and graduate/Law students enrolled in 9 or more credits to submit proof of health insurance as a condition of enrollment. Students subject to the requirement may choose to rely on personal health insurance or enroll in U of I's Student Health Insurance Program (SHIP). Personal health insurance must meet the minimum requirements or substantial compliance standards to qualify.

To submit information through VandalWeb:

  • Log in to VandalWeb using your NetID and password
  • Click on “Students Menu”
  • Click on "Student Health Insurance Menu"
  • Click on “Health Insurance Information Form”
  • Select term from the drop-down list
  • Complete form
  • Submit

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If you're bringing a vehicle to the Moscow campus, you'll need to buy a parking pass. Passes go on sale beginning in July. Students are encouraged to purchase permits early and in advance of their arrival to campus.

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Parking rules vary for our centers. Please check their websites to see if permits are available and what kind of parking pass you may need.

Go Beyond! Prepare and Explore

It's 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.

Want to connect with other incoming students? Join the Admitted Student Facebook group.


Get the latest information about #UIdaho on Twitter.


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


LinkedinFor more stories, connect with University of Idaho on LinkedIn.


Interested in following a certain group on campus? Find their Facebook or other social media options on the University of Idaho Social Media Directory.

The U of I campus and Moscow are both easy to navigate and welcoming to students. Figure out where you need to go for classes and for fun!

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Not on the Moscow campus? Learn more about the center facilities and their communities

The beautiful campus is located in Moscow, Idaho, near the Idaho/Washington border. Getting here is easy:

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

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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Vandal Ventures outdoor orientation program helps you make connections and discover Idaho’s breathtaking scenery — before move-in day.
Pick your adventure, trips fill up fast!

Financial Aid Abounds

From scholarships to student work study, learn what's available.

Learn more about aid

International To-Do List

If you're an international student, make sure to take a look at your to-do list with immigration and other steps.

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Office of Admissions

Physical Address:
University of Idaho
Bruce M. Pitman Center
709 Deakin Avenue
Rm 135 
Moscow, ID 83844

Mailing Address:
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive
MS 4253 
Moscow, ID 83844-4253

Phone: 208-885-6163


Web: Office of Admissions

Physical Address:
University of Idaho Boise
322 E. Front St
Boise, ID 83702

Physical Address:
University of Idaho Coeur d'Alene
1031 N Academic Way
Suite 242
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814

Physical Address:
University of Idaho, Idaho Falls
1776 Science Center Dr.
Suite 306
Idaho Falls, ID 83840