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!”


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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.

Student OrientationDatesMandatory
First-Year and New Freshman OrientationAugust 6–11, 2017
Transfer OrientationAugust 11, 2017

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