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Steps to Orientation

What is New Student Orientation, and what is our agenda?

New Student Orientation lays the foundation for your success at Indiana University Kokomo! You'll learn about registering for classes, navigating campus, how to get the most out of your courses, and how to use our many wonderful supports and resources. You'll also get to meet faculty, staff, student leaders, and fellow new students to help welcome you to our campus. We are excited to meet you and members of your family at this great event.

First Time College Student Transfer Student Onboarding

When is New Student Orientation?

We have several dates to choose from beginning in April with our final events in August. Each date is first-come, first-served, and slots fill up quickly.

Check-in opens at 8:30 a.m., with the full program beginning at 9 a.m. and concluding by 5 p.m.

Our one-day program includes:

  • Morning: A welcome activity, ALEKS math placement testing, and sessions on topics like career services, library services, and financial aid designed for both students and family members/guests. Lunch is provided midday.
  • Afternoon: Our orientation program for your student success on campus, such as how to access campus resources and get involved. You will also have the opportunity to explore campus, and you’ll register for your first semester of classes!

It is expected that all students new to college will attend for the full program. If you would like to bring family members or other valued people with you, they are welcome!

Please see the “First Time College Student” button above to fill out our RSVP form

How should I prepare?

After you have filled out the RSVP, you’ll get messages and reminders to help you be ready. A few crucial pieces:

  • Set up your official IU computing account at least five days before attending orientation. Instructions are below.
  • Once you have your IU computing account, use it to set up your Math Placement testing profile. Do this three days after you set up your IU computing account. Instructions are below.
  • On the day of your Orientation, come ready for check-in on time, with your picture ID and your IU username and passphrase. Park in the student parking area by Kresge Auditorium and the Kelley Student Center.

If you have questions, please contact the Office of Student Success and Advising at 765-455-9405 or email us at, or stop by room 223 of the Kelley Student Center on campus.

How do I set up my official IU computing account?

To establish your official IU computing and IU email accounts, follow the instructions below. It just takes a few minutes, but is crucial to your visit and is worthwhile and helpful to you! If you need assistance, please call 765-455-9405.

If you establish your official IU email before registering for Orientation, your RSVP confirmation will be sent to that account. So, if you don't happen to see your confirmation in your personal email when you submit your RSVP, consider checking your IU email to see if it is there instead.

Instructions to set up your official computing and IU email accounts

At least five days prior to arriving for Orientation, create your Official IU Computing account. If you have internet access at home, you can create this account by going online to

If you’d prefer to come to campus, you can stop by the UITS-Kokomo helpdesk at Indiana University Kokomo. We are located in the library, Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m – 9 p.m., Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Your Official IU Computing account is required for using any technology services on campus.

When you visit, enter “Create My First IU Account” in the search box. Select that tool, and you’ll be redirected to the account management screen.

You will be prompted to enter your last name, date of birth, and your 10-digit University ID Number (found on your admission letter). Verify the information, and the system will then create your Official IU Computing account. 

You will choose your username from several options – select the one you prefer. 

Your official university email address will be: (example:

After you choose a username, you will be required to create a secure passphrase. Follow the onscreen instructions for setting up your passphrase.

Never save your account username and passphrase into a web browser or website. Hackers know exactly where this information gets stored and can grab your identity in the blink of an eye. Always type your passphrase each and every time you log into a computer. Never save your username and passphrase.   

It can take up to 24 hours before you can use your official IU computing account. If you have questions or problems, please call the UITS-Kokomo IT Support Center at 765-455-9315.

You can access your email via Search for “Gmail” and select that tool. Enter your username and passphrase, and you can now use your official student email. IU uses your IU email to send all official correspondence. Please form a good habit of checking it regularly for academic, financial, and other crucial messages!

Instructions for Logging onto a Campus Computer

When logging onto a computer system in IU Kokomo computer labs, classrooms, library, and Library Learning Commons, please do the following:

  • Username: (type in your username, for example jrsmith)
  • Passphrase: (type in your ADS passphrase)
  • Passphrase Changes/Resets
  • If you forget or do not remember your passphrase, you must go in person to the UITS-Kokomo Computer Services helpdesk located in the Library, between the hours of Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m. – 9 p.m., Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. to have it reset. You will be required to show a picture ID when requesting a passphrase reset. You cannot have your passphrase changed or reset over the phone. 

Other Technology Resources

Note: The Knowledge Base is available to students and is a good resource for other computers related information.

Tutoring and Training – One.IU, Canvas, IUware, laptop setup, etc.

If you need any assistance, have questions about what laptop(s) are acceptable for use at Indiana University, need to download required software for your Indiana University academic experience, or are interested in learning more about the features of One.IU or Canvas, please call UITS-Kokomo IT Training staff at 765-455-9589 to request an appointment. 

The IT Training staff is available to remove any technology roadblocks and enable your success as a student!

Instructions to set up your math placement (ALEKS) account

A crucial step in being ready for IU Kokomo is completing placement testing for math course selection. By completing our math placement exam, we can make sure that you will be enrolled in a math class that is appropriately challenging.

Our math placement system is called ALEKS, and you will complete your testing prior to registering for classes.  We have arranged for all new students to take the math placement exam on your Orientation day.

If this sounds intimidating, don’t worry!  Our system is built to support your success. However, you need to take a little time to create an ALEKS profile. This will unlock practice testing that will help you review main concepts and test successfully.

To set up your ALEKS profile:

  1. Make sure your official IU account is set up with your username and passphrase.  See your admissions letter for instructions.  If it has been fewer than 3 days since you set up your Official IU Computing account, you may not yet be able to log into ALEKS.
  2. Go to and search for “ALEKS.” Click the tile labeled “Math Placement, Preparation, and Learning.”
  3. Log in with your username and passphrase.  If it’s been at least 3 days since IU Computing Account setup, you should now be able to access a brief tutorial and complete a practice assessment.  Your score on the practice is NOT official, but you can work in the system as much as you like in order to get comfortable and test well.
  4. Once you have completed the practice assessment, you are ready for official placement testing at Orientation.

More info about ALEKS can be found at

Last updated: 02/01/2019