Welcome to Indiana State University!

Congratulations on your admission to Indiana State University. Part of becoming a Sycamore is to attend New Student Orientation. Orientation provides students with information on campus resources, introduces them to current students, their academic advisor, and serves as the method to scheduling classes for the first semester. All new freshmen and transfer (domestic and international) students are required to attend Orientation. A fee will be assessed on the student’s first e-bill. Students enrolled in any online-only major or program do not have to attend orientation. See details on this.

 

Freshman New Student Orientation

Freshman New Student Orientation is a program specifically for students entering college for the first time. Students will gain a basic understanding about the university and their academic major, get their student ID, and register for their first semester coursework.

 

Register For New Student Orientation

To register for Freshman New Student Orientation, follow these three easy steps:

  1. Activate your Sycamore Login (Student Portal): https://isuportal.indstate.edu/

    • Your Student ID Number (991 number) can be found on your Letter of Acceptance from the Office of Admissions or your invitation to New Student Orientation
    • Note the detailed requirements when choosing your password
    • Once your Login is activated, your username will be displayed. Keep both your username and password in a safe place. You will use this often throughout college. Usernames are typically the first letter of your first name, with your last name, and possibly a digit. For example, Sycamore Sam's Sycamore Login may be ssam17. Sam's full email address would be ssam17@sycamores.indstate.edu
  2. Register for New Student Orientation using your new Sycamore Login and password: https://secure1.vzorientation.com/indstate
    • Be sure to click "Submit" at the end to make sure your spot is saved. Confirmation and reminder emails will be sent to your new Sycamore Email Account.
  3. Access your Sycamore Email at outlook.com/sycamores.indstate.edu and check it often.

If you’re having difficulty registering for orientation, please call the Office of Admissions, toll-free at 1-800-GO-TO-ISU or 812-237-2121, or email admissions@indstate.edu.

All Students will be assessed a fee on their first e-bill for new student orientation. No fees are due when you register for orientation.

Transfer New Student Orientation

Transfer New Student Orientation is a half-day program specifically for students who are new to Indiana State University but have some experience and previous coursework at a community college or other four-year institution.

Academic advising appointments must be scheduled separate from transfer orientation. To schedule an appointment please contact your academic advisor or academic department which can be found on your MyISU account. You can also visit the academic advising appointment page for contact information if no academic advisor has been assigned.

To register for Transfer Orientation, follow these three easy steps:

  1. 1. Activate your Sycamore Login (Student Portal): isuportal.indstate.edu:

    • Your Student ID Number (991 number) can be found on your Letter of Acceptance from the Office of Admissions or your invitation to New Student Orientation.
    • Note the detailed requirements when choosing your password.
    • Once your Login is activated, your username will be displayed. Keep both your username and password in a safe place. You will use this often throughout college. Usernames are typically the first letter of your first name, with your last name, and possibly a digit. For example, Sycamore Sam's Sycamore Login may be ssam17. Sam's full email address would be ssam17@sycamores.indstate.edu.
  2. Register for New Student Orientation using your new Sycamore Login and password: https://secure1.vzorientation.com/indstate
    • Be sure to click “Submit” at the end to make sure your spot is saved. Confirmation and reminder emails will be sent to your new Sycamore Email Account
  3. 3. Access your Sycamore Email at outlook.com/sycamores.indstate.edu and check it often

If you’re having difficulty registering for orientation, please call the Office of Admissions, toll-free at 1-800-GO-TO-ISU or 812-237-2121, or email admissions@indstate.edu.

All transfer students will be assessed a fee on their first e-bill for new student orientation. No fees are due at the time you register for orientation.

International New Student Orientation

Undergraduate International Students are required to attend orientation. Dates and times are listed below followed by an explanation of each event and how to register for orientation. International students who do not attend the required events below may not be allowed to register for classes and will have to start classes the following semester.

SPRING 2015 ADMITS

  1. International Student Check-In

    • Wednesday, January 7, 2015
    • Hulman Memorial Student Union- Dede III
    • 1:00 pm  
  2. International Student Orientation (Undergraduates Only)
    • Thursday, January 8, 2015
    • Students MUST register for this event before attending. To register follow the steps below.  
  3. International Student Registration
    • Friday, January 9, 2015
    • Room to be Determined
    • 9:00 am to 11:00 am
    • Students will not be given academic schedules outside of the January 9, 2015 meeting
  4. Immigration Seminar
    • Monday, January 12, 2015
    • Room TBA
    • 9:30am-11:00am

International Student Orientation seeks to provide new students with valuable information that will help them adjust to studying and living at Indiana State and the opportunity to get to know other students and State staff.

International Student Registration, which is held on day 3 of the orientation program, will provide international students the opportunity to meet with an academic advisor and register for courses. Students will not be given academic schedules outside of this session held on January 9, 2015.

The Immigration Seminar is required for all international students.  Topics discussed in the immigration seminar include: important immigration regulations, housing and dining services, health care, banking, transportation, student employment, safety, community engagement and student activities and organizations.  New students also have the chance to meet returning students and representatives from various international student organizations during orientation.

To register for International Orientation, follow these three easy steps (each link will open a new browser window):

  1. Activate your Sycamore Login (Student Portal): https://isuportal.indstate.edu/

    • Your Student ID Number (991 number) can be found on your Letter of Acceptance from the Office of Admissions or your invitation to New Student Orientation
    • Note the detailed requirements when choosing your password
    • Once your Login is activated, your username will be displayed. Keep both your username and password in a safe place. You will use this often throughout college. Usernames are typically the first letter of your first name, with your last name, and possibly a digit. For example, Sycamore Sam's Sycamore Login may be ssam17. Sam's full email address would be ssam17@sycamores.indstate.edu.
  2. Register for New Student Orientation using your new Sycamore Login and password: https://secure1.vzorientation.com/indstate
    • Be sure to click "Submit" at the end to make sure your spot is saved. Confirmation and reminder emails will be sent to your new Sycamore Email Account
  3. Access your Sycamore Email at outlook.com/sycamores.indstate.edu and check it often.

If you're having difficulty registering for orientation, please call the Office of Admissions, toll-free at 1-800-GO-TO-ISU or 812-237-2121, or email admissions@indstate.edu.

All International students will be assessed a fee on their first e-bill for new student orientation. No fees are due at the time you register for orientation.

Students must attend and bring your I-20, Passport, Visa and I-94 to all events. Please check your Sycamore email account for email updates. Specific questions about each orientation session can be referred to isu-ips@mail.indstate.edu or 812-237-2440

Online New Student Orientation

If you are completing a degree program in all on-line (distance) classes, you are not required to attend an on-campus orientation program. There is no orientation fee for distance students, for this reason.

Distance learners are encouraged to view Indiana State University’s virtual tour.

Also, once students have activated their Sycamore Login on MyISU, they will have access to Blackboard. There is an orientation to Blackboard available within the site. This will help students become more comfortable with using Blackboard before the semester begins.

To Activate your Sycamore Login (Student Portal): https://isuportal.indstate.edu/

  • Your 991 (Student ID Number) can be found on your Letter of Acceptance from the Office of Admissions or your invitation to New Student Orientation
  • Note the detailed requirements when choosing your password
  • Once your Login is activated, it will show you what your username is. Keep both your username and password in a safe place. You will use this often throughout college. Usernames are typically the first letter of your first name, with your last name, and possibly a digit. For example, Sycamore Sam's Sycamore Login may be ssam17. Sam's full email address would be ssam17@sycamores.indstate.edu

To access Blackboard, please visit: https://blackboard.indstate.edu/webapps/login/

For more information on distance education, please visit www.indstate.edu/distance

Faculty

This page is for faculty and staff at Indiana State University. If you have questions, please contact the Office of New Student Transition Programs at 1-800-GO-TO-ISU or email Tracy Osborne at Tracy.Osborne@indstate.edu

PDF Freshman Orientation Schedule

PDF Transfer Orientation Schedule

PDF 2015 NSO Dates