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What to Expect at New Hounds Day

A UIndy orientation leader stands in place of the "I" in a balloon sign that spells out "UIndy"

We are so excited to welcome the Class of 2027 to the University of Indianapolis! Our official welcome begins with New Hounds Days, our new student orientation, over the summer. During New Hounds Day, new UIndy students have the opportunity to meet fellow classmates, be introduced to their professors and support staff, schedule their first semester classes and more. 

What should new students expect during their New Hounds Day?

New students start their New Hounds Day off in Krannert Memorial Library for check-in, where they receive their family guide and set up their UIndy account. Students will need access to their UIndy accounts in order to use the secure Wi-Fi, schedule their classes, and log-in to the UIndy app. During check-in, students may also see a UIndy celebrity: Grady the Greyhound, UIndy’s live mascot! 

Next, students will head over the Schwitzer Student Center to be welcomed to campus by a few special guests. Iman Tucker ‘16 ‘18, CEO of Believe Brand Co. LLC, has returned to campus not only to DJ our New Hounds Day, but to share about his experience at UIndy and inspire the Class of 2027.

Iman Tucker, UIndy alumnus, speaks to a crowd of incoming freshmen

“I’m not asking you to know what you want to be,” said Iman. “I’m not asking you to not be scared or to not feel like this is a lot of pressure. What I am asking you is to look around this room. Look at your parents and recognize that everything that is here [in this room] right now is another opportunity, another brick for you to grab. As you stack and continue to stack those bricks, you can stand on top of a mountain, and maybe ten years from now UIndy will call you back to talk to the next group of students.”

President-elect Dr. Tanuja Singh, who will officially take office this July, shared a special video message welcoming the Class of 2027 to campus. She can’t wait to join the Pack and experience UIndy this fall. 

After the welcome ceremony, students dive right into the resources available to them on campus. Students will learn about the free services offered by the UIndy Student Counseling Center, the UIndy Health and Wellness Center, and more. 

Next, students will have an opportunity to meet professors from their degree programs! New Hounds are split into groups based on their declared majors and get a change of scenery as they walk over to the building that houses their degree program. During this time, faculty members will discuss what to expect from their program, including what courses they will take in the fall, specific requirements to remain in the program (if applicable), and differences between high school and college courses. Some students may even be able to see the actual syllabi and assignments for their introductory classes.

While students are getting to know their program and professors, guests will hear from campus experts to learn more about the challenges of transitioning to college and how UIndy supports its students. 

Guests and students will then reunite for a delicious lunch provided by UIndy Dining Services. Lunch will include options for those who require vegetarian, gluten-free, halal, and other special dietary options.

an advisor meets with an incoming UIndy freshman to schedule courses

After lunch, students get down to business. New Hounds will travel all across campus with their Orientation Leader to:

  • Take a photo for their campus ID at the Office of Student Affairs.
  • Meet the staff and learn about the services provided by the Stephen F. Fry Professional Edge Center.
  • Schedule their classes for the fall semester with their advisor.
  • Meet with the Office of Financial Aid to go over financial aid offers and ensure all documents have been completed. 
  • Participate in group games to learn more about their fellow Hounds!

At the same time, guests will have the opportunity to attend two workshops led by campus experts. Workshops cover important topics like financial aid, residence life, student support, and athletics. 

Finally, students who will be living on campus this fall will have the option to tour UIndy’s residence halls. Students can choose to tour one, two, or all six residence halls. However, students will not receive their hall assignments or roommate assignments until July. (These will be sent through the mail.)

After all this excitement, New Hounds Day comes to an end. We can’t wait to see the Class of 2027 back on campus this fall! 

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