Freshman New Student Orientation

Freshman New Student Orientation is a one-day program specifically for student 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. All new first-time, full-time freshmen are required to attend New Student Orientation coordinated by the Office of New Student Transition Programs.

Register for New Student Orientation

Registration is currently open for students starting in January 2018.  Registration for students starting in August 2018 will be available in February 2018.

To register for Orientation, follow these three easy steps:

1. Activate your Sycamore Login via the Student Portal
  • Your University 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, 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
2. Register for New Student Orientation using your new Sycamore Login and password: Register Online »
  • 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 and check it often.

If you’re having difficulty registering for orientation, please call the Office of New Student Transition Programs, toll-free at 1-800-GO-TO-ISU or 812-237-2121, or email

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.