Spring 2015 | To-Do List

Spring semester classes begin January 14, 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. 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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  • 3. 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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  • 4. Sign up for New Student Orientation.

    Spring 2015 New Student Orientation, January 12, 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. 

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  • 5. Plan your travel and family lodging.

    If you’re driving to campus, plan your route to and around campus. Directions and maps are available.

    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!

  • 6. Note important financial dates.

    Be aware of these important dates and deadlines: 

    Early January – 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. 

    January 7 – 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. 

    January 12 – 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 status of your residual funds. 

    January 14 (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

    January 28 – 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).

  • 7. 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
  • 8. Pre-order your textbooks.

    Skip the lines. Pre-order your books online by January 8 from the VandalStore and have them waiting for you when you arrive on campus. Your books will be ready to pick up January 11 at the VandalStore on Deakin Street in Moscow.  

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  • 9. Pick Up the Common Read.

    All 2014-2015 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. Stealing Buddha’s Dinner by Bich Minh Nquyen is this year's Common Read selection.

    You can order the book online from the VandalStore 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 orientation events, civic engagement activities, classes across a variety of disciplines, and campus speaker events. 

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  • 10. 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 April 3, 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 Fall courses.

    Starting in mid-November, 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 Tuesday, January 13 (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 January 27 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 January 13, 2015
    • Avoid Enrollment Hold: Complete the Program by April 3, 2015.
  • 11. 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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  • 12. 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 debit card. The Vandal Card Office is located on the first floor of the Student Union Building and is open from 8:00am -5:00pm pm during the academic year. If you are close to campus or just visiting, get your card early to avoid lines when you arrive in January.

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  • 13. Connect and stay updated with the university thru 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 thru 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. 
  • 14. 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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