Orientation is the vital first step in “Starting Your Adventure” at Iowa State University!


Need to change an existing reservation?

You can change your reservation or update your major at the orientation reservation page.

If you are having difficulty changing your reservation or major please call (515) 294-6509 or send us an email.

Schedule of Events


Math Placement

Math placement information is required of all students entering Iowa State. The Math Placement Assessment is completed online using the ALEKS system.

More information on how to take ALEKS.

English Placement

World Language Placement

World Language Placement exams are required of students wishing to take world language coursework at ISU.

More information about World Language Placement Exams.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • I lost my Orientation packet! Send us an email requesting a new Orientation packet and we will mail it to you.
  • I can only attend one day of orientation. Which day should I attend? Orientation is a two-day program. If you are not able to attend both days, please call 515-294-6509 regarding your orientation options.
  • Do I need to stay overnight in the residence halls during orientation? No, that is just one option Iowa State provides as a convenience to you. You are welcome to make your own arrangements for overnight accommodations if you need to stay in the Ames area.
  • I will be taking AP calculus exams later this year. Do I still need to take the online math assessment? Yes, all students entering Iowa State University are required to take the ALEKS math assessment through their AccessPlus account.
  • Are there activities that the younger siblings can participate in while attending? Yes, there is a program for family members in 5th-9th grade called Cy’s Sibs.

Where do I park?

Maple-Willow-Larch parking lot, designated by the red arrow:

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