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Fall Orientation

Welcome to the University of Idaho! While this transition to campus life can be fun, some aspects of this change may be challenging. The Orientation Programming Office is here to help.

You are starting an exciting journey of achieving your academic and personal goals. Along the way, you will define a career path and meet lifelong friends who will be making the journey with you. Our opening weekend activities are designed to prepare you for fall semester classes and help you to make the University of Idaho your home.

All Orientation events have been crafted to deliver important information and experiences to aid in your transition to college. It is an expectation of the University that all new students, including those participating in Greek Recruitment, sign up for and participate in New Student Orientation.

Fall 2018 New Student Orientation will be held August 16-19, 2018.

Student Orientation Schedule- please check back later this summer for updates!

Thursday, Aug 16, 2018

8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. - New Student Orientation Check-In on the Tower Lawn

4- 5 p.m. - University Convocation: U of I President Chuck Staben will officially welcome you to campus.

7 p.m. - Orientation Meet Up: Meet with your OLs for the first time

7:30-9 p.m. - New Vandal Mashup: New students will have the opportunity to meet fellow new Vandals in this high energy, highly interactive event. 

Friday, Aug 17, 2018

9 a.m. - Meet your Orientation Group: Meet up with your Orientation Group and discuss NSO. Leaving for first session at 9:15. 

Session 1

9:30-10:30 a.m. - Vandals In the Know –Pitman Center

The Vandal Way – Memorial Gym

Session 2

11- Noon - Vandals In the Know –Pitman Center

The Vandal Way – Memorial Gym

Noon-1:15 - New Vandals Lunch on the Commons Green

1:30-4 p.m. - College Meetings: Various Locations Across Campus          

4 p.m. - Family Meet Up & Ice Cream Social: Meet up with your family after Orientation, get ice cream, hang out with Joe Vandal and help us welcome your New Student the University.

9-10:30 p.m. - Late Night at the Rec                    

Saturday, Aug 18, 2018

8:30 a.m. - Noon - New Student Service Project Session 1: Serving Your New Community

12:30- 4 p.m. - New Student Service Project Session 2: Serving Your New Community

2:00- 5 p.m. - Transfer Student Orientation

5:30 p.m. – Palousafest: Theophilus Tower Lawn and Sixth Street Campus and community information fair, games, prizes, food, live music.

8:45 p.m. - Movie Nite: Student Involvement will host “Screen on the Green,” a movie night on the Tower Lawn. Bring your blankets and pillows for a fun night with new friends!   

Sunday, Aug 19, 2018

10 -3 p.m. - Field Day

4 -6 p.m. - Vandal Walk and President’s BBQ

6 p.m. - LGBTQA Ice Cream Social: Join the LGBTQA Office for the LGBTQA Ice Cream social. Come out and meet new students, make friends, and learn more about the LGBTQA Office. All are welcome! Free ice cream.


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Bruce Pitman Center, 135G

Mailing Address:

875 Perimeter Dr. MS 4253
Moscow, ID 83844-2431

Phone: 208-885-7058

Fax: 208-885-4477