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Transfer Students

During Transfer State Orientation, students will gain useful insights about their academic major, meet with an advisor to finalize their class schedule for first semester courses, and learn about campus resources. This is also a great opportunity to meet other students and staff. All transfer students are required to attend State Orientation and will have the option to attend either a virtual program or an in-person program. A separate family orientation program is also available but is not required.

To register for a State Orientation date

1. Activate your Sycamore Login via the MyISU Student Portal
  • Your University ID Number can be found on your Letter of Admission.
  • Forgot your password? Use the Reset Password option on the MyISU Portal login page.
2. Register for State Orientation using your University Username and password
  • Summer/Fall 2022 students Register here.
  • Usernames are typically the first letter of your first name, with your last name, and possibly a digit.  For example, Sycamore Sam's login may be ssam17. Sam's full email address would be
  • Be sure to click "Submit" at the end to make sure your spot is saved. Confirmation and reminder emails will be sent to your University email account. If you don't see a confirmation email right away, check your spam folder for emails from
  • All students will be charged a non-refundable New Student fee on their student bill.
3. Set up your university email

Prior to your State Orientation date, you MUST complete the following items

Step 1:Take Math Placement before your State Start-Up date.

Please note: This is required for all new students and will not be offered during the program. Students who have not taken their Math Placement prior will be placed in the lowest math course.

Step 2: Complete your housing intention in your MyISU Portal. This is required for ALL students.
  • Submit an application by going to the 'My Spot' badge in your Student Portal
  • If you are planning to not live on campus, you will still need to complete the intention and inform Residential Life of your plans to live off campus by the completeing the Housing Exemption process. Please email with any questions you may have.
  • You will choose your meal plan when completeing your Housing Intention. All on-campus students are required to have a meal plan. Commuter students can choose a commuter meal plan, if desired.
Step 3: Complete the FAFSA.
Step 4: Arrange Accommodations by contacting the Accessibility Resource Office for academic and housing support.


Attend your State Orientation Session

To attend your virtual State Orientation

Please note: This information is only for transfer students registered to attend virtual Transfer State Orientation..

  • Attend your session at the time & date you are registered (in your confirmation email).
  • Check your Univeristy email for your Zoom link and other information.
  • This information will be sent 3 days before your date.
  • Watch these helpful videos in Canvas. You will receive access to the videos prior to your State Orientation program.
    • Campus Involvement
    • Living on Campus -or- Commuter Life
    • Dining and Meal Plans at Indiana State
    • Financial Aid
  • Beforehand, you can access and read your Transfer Degree Audit.
  • Need to know more about What to Expect?

To attend your in-person State Orientation

Please note: This information is only for transfer students registered to attend in-person Transfer State Orientation.

  • Attend your session at the time & date you are registered (in your confirmation email).
  • Check your University email for information and updates regarding your State Orientation program.
  • Beforehand, you can access and read your Transfer Degree Audit.
  • Need to know more about What to Expect?

Before you Start Classes, complete the following

Submit required documents:

Review your financial aid offer and accept package

Order your textbooks

  • You can order textbooks online through the Barnes & Noble ISU Bookstore. Choose the "Textbooks" link at the top of the page and use your class schedule to enter your department (ex. ENG), course number (ex. 101), and section number (ex. 001).

Complete these additional items:

  • If you attend a Virtual Transfer State Orientation, you will need to visit the Parking Services Office to receive your Sycamore ID card. More information about your Sycamore ID card can be found here. Students who attend an in-person Transfer State Orientation will receive their Sycamore ID during the program.
  • Purchase a Parking Permit online and save $15!
  • Make sure you have a laptop. Consider purchasing a laptop that can be repaired on campus. Check your laptop's minimum specifications.

Mark your calendar for State Welcome events!

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