Orientation

Orientation in the Gym

College is a journey. Along the way, students discover new aspects of themselves, encounter opportunities, take healthy risks, confront challenges, and experience a wide variety of emotions. IAIA’s staff and faculty are here to help make each student’s journey successful and rewarding—and we take pride in making the transition to college life as enjoyable as possible.

Once students apply to IAIA, the journey with us begins. Upon acceptance, students join a community dedicated to empowering creativity and leadership in Native arts and cultures. We provide information about campus housing, financial aid, scholarship opportunities, and academic programs. Another important initial step is Orientation.

At Orientation, students ease their way into becoming a part of the IAIA community. Freshmen get to know each other while learning about what IAIA life will be like. The Student Success Center and Orientation mentors provide experiences that enable attendees to explore IAIA, including ways students are supported, and, there is plenty of time is reserved for fun and relaxation. Orientation is mandatory for new freshmen. All new students will have access to an online Orientation course they can take before the start of the school year to better acquaint themselves with IAIA.

For information and updates on IAIA’s Safety Protocols, please see the COVID-19 web page.

Register

Register for Orientation

Freshman

Download the Fall 2021 New Freshman Orientation Schedule (schedule subject to change)

Transfer & Re-Admit

Download the Fall 2021 Transfer and Re-Admit Orientation Schedule (schedule subject to change)

“IAIA orientation helped me to open up and get out of my shell. I feel more comfortable talking with professors and learning more about my academic path and how to engage with others and ask for help when needed. One the best parts of orientation for me was that it was interactive—and fun too!”

Desiree White Horse (Navajo)

IAIA Student

Student OrientationDatesWho Attends
Fall 2021 New Freshman (Mandatory)August 9–11Accepted recent High School graduates or received GED or transferring in as a Freshman
Fall 2021 Transfer and Re-AdmitAugust 13Accepted students transferring in as a Sophomore (24 or more College Credits) or students who previously attended IAIA
Fall 2021 OnlineJune 1
(see Canvas)
Accepted students who are completely online remote learners or IAIA Summer Bridge Students
Spring 2022 New Freshman (Mandatory)January 10–14Accepted recent High School graduates or received GED or transferring in as a Freshman
Spring 2022 Transfer and Re-AdmitJanuary 14Accepted students transferring in as a starting Sophomore (24 or more College Credits) or students who previously attended IAIA
Spring 2022 OnlineDecember 1
(see Canvas)
Accepted students who are completely online remote learners

Views of IAIA Orientation and Students

Nena Martinez Anaya

Nena Martinez Anaya

Chief Admissions and Student Success Officer
Admissions and Recruitment
P (505) 424-2331
E [email protected]

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