Next Steps

  • Accept our offer of admission

    Pay our $325 acceptance fee as soon as possible. The deadline to accept admission and pay the acceptance fee is May 1.

    Please continue to monitor your Admissions Profile in MyUI for important communications from the university now that you have been admitted.

  • Apply for University Housing

    You can apply for University Housing online through your Admissions Profile in MyUI shortly after you are admitted.
    How to Apply for University Housing

  • Pre-arrival Information for F-1/J-1 Students

    As an F-1 or J-1 student, access your Pre-Arrival Checklist by logging into iHawk using your HawkID and Password. Within iHawk you will be able to submit your passport and proof of funding to receive your immigration document. You will need to complete any additional items listed in the Pre-Arrival Checklist to prepare for International Student Orientation.
    Information for Incoming F-1/J-1 Students

  • Transition Before Orientation

    Upload your photo for your Iowa One Card. The Iowa One Card is your official University of Iowa.

    Take any required placement tests. Placement test requirements will vary depending on the type of student (first-year, transfer, international) you are when you enter the university, your major, and any transfer or exam credit you bring into the university. Any required placement tests should be taken at least two weeks prior to your orientation session.

    New undergraduate students are required to complete the online course, Success at Iowa, during their first semester.

  • Complete Admission

    First-year students must have your secondary school send all final, official academic records (yearly records, transcripts, mark sheets, or exam certificates for example) directly to the University of Iowa. Final academic records must also show proof of graduation and be issued after you graduate.

    Transfer students must have final, official transcripts sent from every college attended.

    Learn more about what we need from you in order to complete your admission to the University of Iowa!

  • Orientation

    International students who have accepted our offer of admission will be scheduled to attend Orientation before classes begin. Attending orientation is required of all new incoming undergraduate students. It is where you will meet with an academic advisor and register for your first semester of classes.

    International Student Orientation

Accept Admission

Important Dates

May 1: Deadline to accept admission for first-year students.

July 19: Deadline to accept admission for transfer students and earliest date you may enter the U.S. in F-1 or J-1 status.

Aug. 17: Residence halls open for new international students with residence hall contracts.

Aug. 18: Date by which you should arrive in Iowa City.

Aug. 19–23: International Student Orientation.

Aug. 19–25: Attend On Iowa!

Aug. 26:  Classes begin!

Campus Pano

Virtual Campus Tour

Check out our 360-degree self-guided tour of places on campus you will get to know and love as a student!

Explore Campus

Get ready to come to campus!

Make your travel arrangements and prepare to study in the United States:

Pre-arrival Checklist

We have information to prepare you for your arrival to Iowa City.

Access your checklist


We have everything you need to know about Orientation.

Participate in Orientation

Housing and Dining

Everything you need to know about housing and dining for new students.

Check out housing and dining

Travel to Iowa City

Find information on traveling to Iowa City, temporary housing, and more.

Plan your arrival

Visa and Immigration

Find the I-20, DS-2019, and other information you need from International Programs.

Access documentation

Immunization Requirements

Learn more about immunization requirements and making an appointment.

Access requirements

Health and Health Insurance

Information is available for questions about health insurance and health care options.

Learn about care options

MyUI Portal

MyUI is where you will find everything you need as a student at Iowa.

Log in to MyUI

English Placement Evaluation

Find more information about the English Placement Evaluation.

Find out what to expect

Campus Resources for New Students

We have additional resources that will be helpful once you arrive on campus:

Technology Assistance

IT Services offers assistance with all of your technology needs on campus.

Check out IT resources

Safety on Campus

We have resources and information available to make sure you stay safe on campus.

Learn about campus safety

Academic Advising

We can help you register for classes, find your advisor, and more.

Access advising information

Academic Calendar

Whether you're looking for course deadlines or the academic calendar, we have options.

Access the calendar

Registering for Classes

There are steps you need to take before registering for classes as a new student.

Find out how to register

Religious or Spiritual Support

We have resources and organizations available for religious and spiritual support on campus.

Find your community


We have a ton of resources available through International Programs for new students.

Connect With Us

Get in touch with International Admission Counselors at the University of Iowa and find us on social media to connect with future classmates.

Becky Hanson

Becky Hanson

Associate Director - International Outreach and Recruitment

Schedule an Appointment

Connect with a Department, College or Academic Area of Study

Interested in a specific department, college, or area of study? Set up an academic info session or call to talk with a specific department or college representative.

Schedule an Academic Meeting