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First Year Experience

First Year Experience

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Getting Involved on Campus

How can I get involved?

There are countless ways to get involved at IU Northwest—through your major, recreational sports, and more than 50 clubs and organizations. To learn more about specific opportunities at IU Northwest, visit the list of registered student organizations.

Also, make sure to use resources on campus such as your orientation leader, the Office of Student Activities, professors, and other students for advice on other ways to get involved.

How can I find out about internships and undergraduate research opportunities?

Check out the Office of Career Services web site for information on internships.

You may also check with your academic advisor for suggestions on opportunities that might be right for you. Finally, start thinking about doing undergraduate research to gain experience in your field! Many colleges and departments have research opportunities for students. The campus also provides financial support for students doing undergraduate research through the Undergraduate Research Fund and the Minority Opportunity for Research Experience (MORE).  

When can I study abroad?

While some study abroad programs require junior or senior standing, some programs can be arranged anytime. Study abroad trips can last as little as a week to as long as a year and take place throughout the world. The Department of Modern Languages suggests you start planning your trip a year in advance of your departure. For more information about the variety of study abroad trips available, see the Study Abroad website.

Academics

Where do I find the Schedule of Classes to choose from each semester?

The schedule of classes is posted online. There are several different ways to browse the schedule including by department, by time offered, and by teaching modality. 

Where do I go to buy books?

The University Bookstore is located in Savannah Center. 

If you prefer to rent your textbooks, check the Campus Book Rental section of the Barnes and Noble website for more information.

Also, make sure to check online discounted books from used books sources such as Amazon.com or Half.com.

How do I drop a class?

Before you drop any class, you should contact your academic advisor to learn important information about dates and deadlines, as well as how dropping the class will affect your academic progress.

If a course is dropped, tuition and fees will be refunded on a percentage basis according to the semester refund schedule (see the academic calendar). Students receiving financial aid should contact the Office of Financial Aid before making a schedule adjustment to determine how the change will affect eligibility and payment.

Once you have met with your advisor and contacted Financial Aid, you can add and drop classes through OneStart. Students can drop classes electronically via their OneStart accounts until midnight of the deadline date. 

  1. Log into OneStart (http://onestart.iu.edu) with your IU username and passphrase and click Go to Student Center.
  2. Click Go to Student Center.
  3. Click Register & Drop/Add.
  4. Select the appropriate term and click Continue.
  5. Drop or add classes by selecting Drop or Add from the menu bar at the top of the page. The Student Center will walk you through the dropping or adding process.
  6. Once finished, click My Class Schedule.
  7. Print a copy of your schedule!
    • To print without your name, click Print at the top.
    • To print with your name, click Printer Friendly Page, and then click Print at the top.
    • To print a weekly calendar view of your schedule, click Weekly Calendar View.
  8. Be sure to log out of OneStart and close the browser to protect your privacy.

OneStart is a great site to add to your “favorites” page; it’s where you check your grades and find quick links to registration info, financial aid, your statement of account, and other things you need!

What happens if I have to miss class for a reason like sickness or a death in the family?

Make sure to talk to your professors so that they understand your situation. Professors may be very willing to help you if you are open and honest with them. You can also receive documentation of a visit to the IU Northwest Health and Wellness Clinic by visiting the clinic and asking for a record of your appointment.

How can I change my classes?

You may edit your course schedule by adding or dropping classes. Please check important dates for specific dates related to course registration deadlines. Make sure to talk to your advisor to confirm the changes are still in line with your degree requirements.

To change your class schedule, visit OneStart and follow the instructions detailed under the question on dropping courses. 

How can I test out of a class?

For information about Credit by Examination, call the Office of Admissions at (219) 980-6991.

How can I get AP or CLEP credits? See the Office of Admissions for details on obtaining AP or CLEP credit. 

What happens if I get accused of cheating?

Cheating is taken seriously at IU Northwest. You are expected to do your own work and adequately cite ideas you receive from other sources. Each professor may handle cheating differently, but to make sure you protect yourself, familiarize yourself with the university’s basic tips and procedures detailed in the Student Rights and Responsibilities and Student Affairs Hearing Process and Procedures documents on the Student Affairs website.

Campus Resources

Where can I go if I’m feeling overwhelmed or stressed out?

There are many resources for you if you are feeling overwhelmed, stressed, upset, or are just having a hard time with your transition to college.

IU Northwest’s Counseling Center also has many resources to help you with all of those concerns. You can learn how to cope with your transition through sessions on stress management, individual and group counseling sessions, or by finding helpful information on the office’s web site.

I have financial aid questions; where can I go for help?

For specific financial aid questions, utilize the Student Financial Aid Office website to answer many of your questions. If you don’t find the answer you need, the website has additional information on how to contact a financial aid counselor.

Make sure to fill out your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), which will help you learn about aid options. The deadline every year is February 15.

Also, the Money Smarts webpage (http://moneysmarts.iu.edu/) can help you learn about budgeting, credit management, and other financial issues!

Where do I go when I’m sick?

The Health and Wellness Center Clinic is made possible through the College of Health and Human Services. It is an organization of health care professionals who are committed to improving the health and well-being of the IU Northwest campus community. They seek to do this through the delivery of high quality, affordable health care and through health promotion and illness prevention activities that provide students, faculty, and staff with the tools they need to live a healthy lifestyle. 

It is a convenient place to go if you are sick while at IU Northwest and is located in the Dunes Professional Building – room 1027. The Center is open during typical business hours. Call (219) 980-7250 to schedule an appointment.

How do I find out the Redhawk shuttle schedule?

http://www.iun.edu/parking/redhawk-shuttle/

Do I have to have a computer? 

It is completely up to you to decide if you need a computer to use while at IU Northwest. The university provides many alternatives to owning your own computer. Many students choose to utilize the campus computer labs, which provide free computer access to IU Northwest students.

Does IU Northwest offer any discounts on computer hardware or software?

Yes. Visit these sites for more information about recommendations and discounts:

Where can I go if I’m feeling behind in a class and need academic assistance?

There are many places you can receive additional help in your academic course work; some areas specialize in specific areas, and some offer more general academic guidance. Make sure to talk to your academic advisor if you are having a difficult time in classes and need assistance finding resources or learning your options.

For more information on academic help, seek out the following resources:

Where can I get help writing my resume and/or interviewing skills?

IU Northwest’s Office of Career Services is the perfect place to get some help on writing a resume and strengthening your job interview skills. They will work with you one on one or you can attend one of the many workshops they run throughout the year.  

Where can I find out about campus jobs?

There are countless opportunities for jobs in the campus area. Check with:

What kind of security do we have on campus?

IU Northwest has its own university police force of highly trained officers to protect students and staff on campus and facilitate a number of programs to keep students safe through the Indiana University Police Department-Northwest. Make note of the locations of the blue light emergency telephones located throughout campus. These can be used during emergencies to call 911 and bring a University police officer to your aid.

Campus Escort Service is provided by IU Northwest Police Officers and cadets and will provide other assistance as needed at any time. Anyone who desires an escort can request it by dialing the department’s 24-hour telephone number 980-6501.

What are the rules about parking?

All areas and facilities in the university parking system are controlled. Permit areas are designated as follows:  Faculty/Staff, Student, Reserved, or Handicapped. There are signs present to specify the specific designation of each parking area. A parking map is provided here

All vehicles parked on IU Northwest property must properly display an IU Northwest parking permit. Permits may be obtained through the Office of Parking Services.

First Year Experience Programs

What is the First Year Success Series?

The First Year Success Series is a First Year Experience program that offers more than 30 different events and lectures about transitional topics important to first-year students held on Wednesdays throughout the school year. Students are often required to attend a couple of success series events through a particular course, although you can attend many more sessions than required and they are open to all students on campus. See the First Year Calendar for more information!

More questions? Please contact fyenw@iun.edu.

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