Indiana University Bloomington
IFS Guide
Intensive Freshman Seminars

FAQs

If I register for IFS, do I still need to attend Summer Orientation?

Yes. Attending Summer Orientation will allow you to set up your e-mail account, obtain your University ID, take placement and credit tests, meet with an advisor, as well as register for fall classes. You are encouraged to register early for Orientation as you will be arriving for IFS two weeks ahead of the start of the fall semester. Use this link to register for Orientation online: http://www.indiana.edu/~fye/.

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How early before the seminar can I move into my IFS room?

The move-in date is Saturday, August 2 from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. This should give you plenty of time to move in and get settled before your course starts on Monday morning. Due to flight and travel timelines, international students should e-mail our office at ifs@indiana.edu to coordinate arrival dates and times.

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Why is the program so early? I will leave for college way before any of my friends.

One of the strengths of the IFS program is the continuity between IFS and the rest of the fall semester. Spending two weeks in August here on the IU campus helps you get a great head start on your college life. It would be great to be able to bring all of your friends with you to IFS, but remember, you will begin to make new friends and develop new relationships during these two weeks.

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When/How will I find out my roommate information?

For IFS, you will receive your roommate information at check-in on Saturday, August 2. It is likely that you will meet your roommate as you are both unpacking your belongings and setting up your room. Keep in mind that IFS lasts only two weeks and duplicate items can simply be stored in your room until you move to your fall assignment.

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What exactly do I need to bring with me to IFS?

We cover this topic in the information we send to you in June. However, we encourage you to bring only what you need for the two weeks. For general guidelines about what to bring, check out the following link: http://http://www.rps.indiana.edu/mig.cfml?pagedef=PackingGuide&pgpagedef=necessary.

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When is check-out?

Check out will begin the morning of Friday, August 15. Moving vans will be provided to haul your items to your new fall residence center on Friday morning. All students must be moved when assigned; specific information about this process will be provided to you in the June mailer.
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Can I purchase my textbooks before I get there?

By special arrangement with the IU Bookstore, your IFS course texts will be pre-bagged and held for you until check-in. These books will be available in the IU Bookstore at Eigenmann Hall. If you have a circumstance that requires your receipt of books earlier, call our office at 1-800-255-7943 to make those arrangements.

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How will I be billed for IFS?

A $125 nonrefundable program fee is required to reserve your space in IFS. This fee will be charged to your Indiana University bursar account in addition to regular IU charges. Should you decide to cancel your enrollment in the program for any reason you will still be responsible to pay the $125 program fee. The IU bursar bill is generated electronically and made available online. You will be sent an e-mail notification to your IU (indiana.edu) e-mail account when your statement is ready. For more detailed information on this process, please visit the QuikPAY® link. For more information on available payment options for your University bursar bill, click here
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Would you recommend a certain course over another?

All of our seminars are taught by some of IU's best faculty. Please make course selections based on interest in the topic. Each course has a strong academic component and is taught in an intensive format. Your academic advisor can also help you determine where your seminar course fits into your individual major.

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Can I work and still attend IFS?

We DO NOT encourage this. Several professors hold afternoon and evening discussions sessions as well as require film viewing. Each class meets at least 3.5 hours daily, and homework, social events, and getting to know IU will keep you busy. We would encourage you to embrace the IFS experience in its entirety, free from the restrictions of juggling a summer work schedule.

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Is my meal plan included? Since I paid for it in my bill how do I use it?

Your meal plan is included in the room and board portion of your bill. Your student ID card is also your meal card. When you visit the dining hall you simply need to have your student ID card scanned and the amount will be deducted from your total. Food costs represent a meal plan that would accommodate the eating habits of a typical IFS student.

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Can I talk to a professor before I sign up?

We encourage you to contact your professor by e-mail at the address indicated on the course description page.

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Can I have visitors during the program?

You are welcome to have visitors during the program. However, no guests of the opposite sex are allowed to stay overnight in your room. We only ask that you be courteous of your roommate when you have visitors. It is, after all, their home too.

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If I stay on campus once the IFS Program is over, where will I live and will anyone else be here? Where can I eat for those five days?

Many students choose to stay on campus between the IFS and the beginning of Welcome Week and if you are one of them, you will stay in your fall residence hall room. No additional room charges will be incurred for IFS students choosing to stay during these few days. Since more than half of the IFS students usually stay on campus during this time, you will have plenty of company! IU Halls of Residence maintains some dining services during this time. Although your IFS meal plan expires at the end of the two-week program, you are welcome to use the available dining hall and purchase meals as you need.

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How much storage space is available?

Because we are located in a residence hall, our storage space is limited. We are unable to store more than will fit in your room.  Bicycles may be stored outside in the bike racks provided, however you will be responsible to bring your own lock.
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What if I can't come until late Saturday or Sunday?

If you cannot arrive during the IFS check-in hours (12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. Saturday, August 2), let us know before hand. We will work with the IFS Student Staff members assigned to you to ensure that you are taken care of upon your arrival.

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How much money should I bring?

It is impossible for us to give you a dollar amount, but consider bringing about one fifth what you plan to bring during the fall semester. This is equivalent in comparison to the amount of time you will be spending for the fall semester.

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How do I change my seminar choice?

To change your seminar selection, you may email the office at ifs@indiana.edu.   Please include  your full name and 10-digit University ID, as well as your reason for the change request. You should  then clearly state your 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th choices of seminar. Should you have any questions regarding this process please feel free to call the IFS office at 1-800-255-7943 or 812-855-3839 for assistance.
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How do I withdraw from the IFS program?

To withdraw from the IFS program you must notify the IFS office via email. You may phone us at 1-800-255-7943 or 812-855-3839 for assistance.  Once you have been withdrawn from the program you will receive a confirmation message that will be sent to the email address you provided on your original application.

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What if I withdraw? Can I get any of my money back?

If for some reason you need to withdraw from the IFS program, you should notify us before classes begin. The $125 program fee is NON-REFUNDABLE.  All standard University office procedures apply to IFS withdrawals per the individual offices policy.

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