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New Student Orientation Schedule

Make note that times are subject to change.

Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2024

8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. — New Student Orientation Check-In
Theophilus Tower Lawn

Get your orientation schedule and Vandal swag bag.

8-9:30 p.m. — New Vandal Scramble
Kibbie Dome

Meet your Orientation Leaders on the Kibbie Dome floor for a night of fun activities and icebreakers. Led by Stende Inspirations.

Thursday, Aug. 15, 2024

8-9 a.m. — New Student Orientation Check-In (If you didn’t check in on Wednesday)
Theophilus Tower Lawn

Get your orientation schedule and Vandal swag bag.

Rest of Day Includes:

  • Welcome from the Dean of Students
  • Information Sessions
  • Welcome Lunch
  • Academic College Sessions
  • Family Send-Off
  • Fun activity led by your Orientation Leaders

Friday, Aug. 16, 2024

Friday Morning:

  • Icebreakers with your Orientation Leaders
  • Information Sessions

Friday Afternoon:

  • Resource Tours
  • Various Orientation Sessions including Honors Program Orientation, Transfer and Non-Traditional Students, Military and Veteran Services, Pre-Health Professions and the Vandal Gateway Program.
  • Fun activity led by your Orientation Leaders

1-5 p.m. — International Student Orientation
Pitman Center International Ballroom

All international students are required to attend the mandatory immigration check-in and international student orientation sessions below.

  • 1 p.m. — Check-In Begins
    Vandal Ballroom, Bruce Pitman Center
    Check in at the Vandal Ballroom on the 2nd floor of the Bruce Pitman Center
  • 1:30 p.m. — Welcome Remarks and Introductions
    Meet the International Services staff and student ambassadors
  • 1:45 p.m. — Games and Prizes
    Get ready to compete and win some U of I swag for your team of new friends!
  • 2:15 p.m. — U.S. Visa Rules, iVandal, U.S. Culture
    Meet your International Services advisor and learn about the rules and benefits of your F-1 or J-1 visa and how to complete your immigration check-in
  • 3 p.m. — Break
    Enjoy a cup of tea, stretch, and reenergize your brain
  • 3:15 p.m. — Next Steps: Navigating Campus
    Learn from current U of I students on a variety of topics to help you adjust to campus. Topics will include SSN and student jobs, transportation, housing, academics and more.
  • 3:45 p.m. — Healthcare in the U.S.
    A brief overview of how the U.S. healthcare system works
  • 4:30 p.m. — Closing Remarks, Event Reminders and Group Photo
    Let’s capture this special day with a photo!

Students attending U of I’s extension campuses (Boise, Idaho Falls, Coeur d’Alene, etc.) will be required to attend an Online International Student Orientation. Online orientation details will be emailed to students in the summer.

Friday Evening:

  • Late Night at the Rec

Saturday, Aug. 17, 2024

Saturday Morning — Afternoon:

  • SYNC (Serving your New Community)

Saturday Evening:

  • Palousafest

Sunday, Aug. 18, 2024

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Find Your Classrooms
Depart from Pitman Center Welcome Center, 1st Floor

One of the Vandal REPS campus tour guides will walk you around campus and point out where your classes will be. Bring your class schedule!

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Contact Us

Bruce Pitman Center, 135G

Mailing Address:

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

Phone: 208-885-6163

Fax: 208-885-4477