College of Engineering • Iowa State University

Orientation and First-Year Program

New Student Orientation

Orientation is for students who have accepted admission to Iowa State and plan to enroll in an upcoming term. During orientation you will be provided the opportunity to:

  • meet with an academic advisor
  • register for classes
  • obtain your ISU card
  • become familiar with the campus
  • increase knowledge of important policies and procedures

Placement Information

All engineering students need to complete the online ALEKS math placement assessment before attending orientation. Online math placement assessment

Students wishing to continue in a foreign language at ISU need to take the online foreign language placement assessment. Have your scores available during orientation. Online foreign language assessment

After students complete online orientation, they will be assigned an academic advisor to assist in class registration for their first semester.

Credit by Examination

First-Year Program

Basic Program for Professional Engineering Curricula

The first year program is much the same for all professional curricula in the College of Engineering. Students normally enroll in the majority of the basic program courses during their first year. The basic program is a set of courses common to all engineering curricula. Since students may also begin curriculum designated requirements during their first year, they will want to select a curriculum as soon as possible. This will enable them to receive the bachelor’s degree in a minimum time.

Contact Us

Engineering Student Services
1300 Marston Hall
Ames, Iowa 50011
(515) 294-7186
Fax: (515) 294-8993

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