Your Checklist Before Classes Begin
The summer before you start college classes is often a blur of activity, so it’s easy for things to fall by the wayside. Here is a checklist of the most important things you need to take care of before classes begin.
Make sure you understand your financial aid package
Whether you are taking out student loans or using scholarships or grants to cover the cost of your college education, make sure you know everything there is to know about the paperwork, deadlines, payment plans, and potential work-study opportunities.
Pay your enrollment deposit
You may already be approved for financial aid, but to officially accept your offer of admission and reserve your spot at Upper Iowa University, you will need to pay your enrollment deposit.
Reserve your housing preference
If you fell in love with a specific dorm at your campus visit, then get your Fayette Campus Residency Contract in as soon as possible to secure your housing preference. Assignments are on a first-come, first-served basis in the order deposits are received.
Sign up for and attend orientation
It may seem lame to attend orientation, but how else are you going to hear about that school group that will forever change your life? Attending one of Upper Iowa University’s Orientation, Advising, and Registration (OAR) Days is a great opportunity for you to see where things are on campus, which may prove useful if you are running late to Biology and have no idea where the science building is! You can check out the dorms, eating facilities, campus gym, and local amenities, get your student ID, purchase a parking decal, and find answers to those pressing questions you have been holding in since you got your acceptance letter.
Find and get to know your roommate
If you are living on campus and you have been assigned a roommate, go ahead and start getting to know them via email, text, or social media. See if you have any shared interests, find out about pet peeves ahead of time, and decide who is bringing the microwave.
Register for classes
Classes fill up quick in college, so if you wanted that popular class, registering ASAP is your best bet. Talk with your freshman advisor to find out when registration opens, discuss any required courses for your major, and find a balance between the type of classes you are going to take. Some classes may have summer reading, so it might be a good idea to get a jump on it.
Buy your textbooks
Now that you know what you are taking this fall, go ahead and purchase your textbooks. New textbooks can be pricey, but if you start your search early enough, you can buy many of your books used at greatly reduced prices.
Learn a few basic life skills
If you have never done a load of laundry in your life, now is a good time to learn (unless you are planning on going home every weekend or don’t mind wearing bright pink underwear). Uncover the not-so-hidden clues in laundry tags (there’s an app for that) and run a few loads for practice. Learning the ins and outs of your finances is another good life skill to have, since waiting for a statement to come in to show you how much money is in your account is not considered good money management.
Move into your dorm room or apartment
Now the fun begins! Pack up all of those amazing college dorm/apartment essentials you have been collecting over the summer and set up your new place! Make sure you have sheets, towels, cups, dishes, a few basic tools and kitchen supplies, a computer/laptop, and printer, and anything else you are going to need to make your new accommodations comfortable. Things are about to get real now that you are entering the demanding world of higher education, so make sure to relax, have fun, and enjoy time with family and friends. If you have any questions regarding what to bring, where to go, and so on, please contact the helpful team at Upper Iowa University. We are happy to provide you with the informational resources you need to help create a smooth transition into college life.