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What to Expect at New Hounds Day (New Student Orientation)

New UIndy student poses with Ace, UIndy's costumed mascot

We are so excited to welcome the Class of 2028 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! 

New UIndy student poses with Grady the Greyhound

Next, University Provost Dr. Christopher Plouff will welcome the Class of 2028 to campus! After the welcome ceremony, students dive right into the resources available to them on campus. Students will be guided through a campus rotation that allows them to meet with career coaches in the Stephen F. Fry Professional Edge Center, visit the Office of Student Affairs and take their student ID photo, and even play some icebreaker games to get to know other future Greyhounds. Students will also learn about the free services offered by the UIndy Student Counseling Center, the UIndy Health and Wellness Center, and more. 

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. During lunch, students and guests will hear several informational sessions. Dr. Amanda Miller, Chair of the Department of Sociology, will present materials regarding what it means to receive a general education here at the University of Indianapolis. Guests and students will also hear from Livia Hummel, Associate Professor of Mathematics, who will provide details on how to improve placement test scores and how to work through study paths. After these information sessions, students and their guests can visit the college fair happening in the Schwitzer Atrium. UIndy colleges and departments will be ready to engage in conversation about what careers and majors can be studied within those areas.

After lunch, 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 programs. Here students will have an opportunity to meet professors from their degree programs! 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.

New UIndy students tour Schwitzer Student Center

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 throughout this transition.   

After students return, guests and students have the opportunity to attend workshops led by campus experts. Workshops cover important topics like financial aid, residence life, student support, and athletics. This also is an opportunity for those students who will be living on campus this fall 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 2028 back on campus this fall!  

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