Education is a journey, and it begins with a first step. Along this educational journey will be excitement, risk-taking, challenges, and opportunities. At IAIA, staff and faculty see the success of our students as their primary purpose. Once students apply to IAIA, they begin their journey with us. Upon acceptance, students begin to receive our materials about campus housing, financial aid/scholarship opportunities and academic program information. They are registered for classes and assigned an academic advisor who serves as a guide and mentor throughout their first year.
First-year orientation week is the first campus activity and is mandatory for all new students as it provides a solid learning community for social networking, orientation to college life, and support for a successful transition. In the First Year Program, Essential Studies faculty and Student Success Center staff work hand in hand to provide a well-rounded structure of support for student success.
“IAIA Orientation changed my life—suddenly I belonged to a community of Native artists!”Anonymous
First-Year and New Freshman Orientation
IAIA offers fun, supportive, exciting orientation programs for first-year students where we provide interactive transitional support, information, and tools to prepare you to become members of the IAIA academic and creative community.
If you are a first-year student (fewer than 24 transferrable credits), you are required to attend a week-long first-year orientation the week before classes begin.
Transfer Student Orientation
If you are a Transfer Student (24 or more transferrable credits) or Certificate Student, you may attend a one-day orientation on the Friday before classes begin.
All first-year, new freshman, transfer, and certificate students should attend one of our thunderbird day events over the summer. Thunderbird days are one day events where students will get a head start on becoming familiar with IAIA and participate in activities including:
- Registering for your first semester of classes/meeting with an academic advisor
- Meeting other new students, faculty, and staff who are here to support your transition and college success
- Learning about Santa Fe and IAIA
- Getting introduced to your academic program, policies, curriculum, and degree requirements
- Getting your ID card
- Taking placement tests (if applicable)
To ensure that you have a positive experience at your orientation, please review your admissions checklist and complete all action items.
|First-Year and New Freshman Orientation||January 8–13, 2017|
|Transfer Orientation||January 13, 2017|