For the majority of first-year and transfer students, moving onto campus and beginning the orientation process will occur on Wednesday, August 21, 2019. During this time you will move into your residence hall and complete the enrollment process (check-in) while your parents and families have the opportunity to attend a variety of information sessions.

Map & schedules

Arrival and moving in

Please refer to the fall opening information compiled by our Residence Life staff for details on your arrival to campus and moving into the residence halls. Here you will find:

  • Overview of the move-in process and schedule
  • Suggestions for packing
  • Additional information related to residence life

Early arrivals

Parents bringing students to campus early for fall sports do not need to return on Aug. 21, but are welcomed. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate special requests to arrive prior to Aug. 21. 


Check-in is a short process in the Thomas Commons through which enrollment details are completed. You will be guided along the validation process by helpful students and staff.

Personal checklist & photo

You can complete items on your personal checklist through Monday, Aug. 12. When you check in at the validation table in the Thomas Commons you will receive a form that identifies any enrollment information that you still need to complete. You will also have your picture taken for your student ID if you have not already submitted your photo.

Work-study verification

Students with work-study awards will need to provide an original proof of identity. For most students, this can be an original Social Security card, birth certificate, or U.S. Passport. Additional options are described at the end of the I-9 employment eligibility verification form. Please contact Stefanie Bray at 319-895-4243 or with any questions about work-study verification. 

Parents' Orientation

Many questions will be answered during our information sessions for parents and families. If you need additional assistance prior to your arrival, start with our parent resource guide. Or call the Thomas Commons Info Desk at (319) 895-4334.