Transitions happen for both ISU's new students, as well as their parents, guests, and family members. This process can
be incredibly overwhelming. The New Student Orientation program is designed to help all groups in the transition to
Indiana State University.
Talk to Your Student Before, During, and After Orientation. Let them know it is okay to be nervous. See what questions
they have and tag-team the information. Students will hear a great deal from their Welcome Team Leader. Their leader will
help them feel at home and at-ease during the program.
Be Prepared: The Transition Starts Here. During the check-in process, you and your student will be separated. Some
sessions are offered together, but for the bulk of orientation, your student will spend time with their Welcome Team Leader
and their orientation group. This is to encourage them to step outside their comfort zone and meet their peers. It is also
a comfortable environment to ask questions about life at ISU.
Create a file and bring a notebook and pen. You will receive a great deal of information as it relates to your student's
college experience through presentations, but also through various publications. Write down questions before and during
orientation as there are a great number of staff around to help make sure you leave with no question unanswered.
Discuss academic expectations before orientation. There will be presentations about your student's major, the University
College, and the academic college to which it belongs for both you and your student. However, the student will meet one-on-one
with their academic advisor to schedule Fall classes on Day Two. Fill out the Academic Advising worksheet before you come, so
your student knows what type of classes you would like them to take, but more importantly, what classes interest them the most
and will help them graduate in four years. See also Sycamore Graduation Guarantee.
Dress comfortably. Chances are it will be hot, yet the rooms will be chilly. Light jackets are helpful for indoors.
Umbrellas are always a good idea in summer months. Wear comfortable shoes, as you will be walking around campus. We do our
best to provide reasonable accommodations. If you or a family member attending Orientation has a specific need, please be sure
to let a staff member know when you arrive.
Stay for the duration. The Freshman New Student Orientation program is a full day program. It is required that students
attend all sessions. Students will not be excused for any reason. The
sessions that are designed for parents and guests are optional but highly encouraged.
Book a hotel early. We encourage you to take advantage of special discounts offered to you at local
hotels. We do not reserve hotel rooms for orientation, but we do offer special rates when rooms are available.
Make Sure Your Student...
...registers themselves (and you!) for Orientation. Be involved in registering for their orientation session. It may seem easy
to just take care of it yourself; however, we highly encourage you to view this as the first step of a student's transition from
high school to college. They will be able to fill out your contact information, too, so that we can send emails to parents and guests.
...knows their Sycamore Login. Once they activate their Sycamore Login, a screen will prompt them with their username. They will use
this multiple times a day at ISU (and at Orientation). They should memorize this information and practice accessing MyISU Cloud,
and their Sycamore Email.
...takes their Math Placement Test. Students should take this test seriously, and use the practice test to their advantage. This test will
help academic advisors determine the best first math course for them. It does not behoove students to cheat, as they may be placed in a class
that is too advanced for their skill set, ending in a poor grade. This test does not substitute a math course, nor grant credit, but gauges
their knowledge and suggests a class in which to start. The test is available at www.indstate.edu/testing
...checks themselves (and you!) in on Day One. Our staff will look to your student for their information. Help us empower them to learn
independence early on as in just a few months, they will be in charge of themselves at ISU.
...is rested. Orientation is fast-paced and can be stressful. More than likely, your student will want to stay up late with their new
friends, so let us make sure they are rested BEFORE orientation so they can be exhausted afterward.
Know Your Student's Rights
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) protect a student's right to privacy concerning their academic records and information.
Indiana State University will not disclose any information without the written consent from the student, with some exceptions as stated by FERPA.
There are some types of information such as grades, financial aid, or class schedules that parents might like to receive but under FERPA, parents
cannot have access to these records unless the student gives written permission to the University. This means that even if you are footing the bill
for their education, you do not have automatic access to your student's educational records. Students can grant and remove access at any time.
It is highly encouraged to have a conversation with your student about your expectations of him or her as a college student. This conversation should
include what kind of grades you expect, what records you want access to, and what you expect he or she to pay for on their own.
FERPA Waiver: Also known as the "Authorization to Discuss Specified Educational Records Under the
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act" is available online. Please print the form, fill out completely, and bring with you to New Student Orientation.
Students must create a 6-character code that both the student and designated representatives will remember. The code must be 6 characters and can contain
letters or numbers or a combination of both. The code can be used for phone and in-person interactions
Web4Parent: Web4Parent is a system that allows access to Indiana State
University's online portal. A social security number is needed in order to create the portal account from all individuals granted access by the student.
Please print the form, fill out completely, and bring with you to New Student Orientation.