Schedule & Activities

IFS 2024 Timeline

August 4th - August 10th
Virtual Week

virtualweek.jpgYour seminar professor will hold an introductory virtual class, where you'll meet your professor and fellow classmates and receive a deeper look at your course experience. Virtual aspects of IFS will begin on August 4th, and these will be extended to and blended with in-person instruction. IFS students will receive detailed instructions to their IU email address.

August 11th
Student Move-in

move-in-day-ifs.jpgIFS move-in day is Sunday August 11th. IFS Check-in will take place the same day. Move-in times and check-in locations will be announced in July. Check your IU email! After checking in, you may be getting settled into your room and saying goodbye to your family. We recommend enjoying a meal together before they leave Bloomington. Here you will find local dining establishments, including options within walking distance.

August 11th
IFS Welcome Festival

welcomefesttimeline.jpgIt's your first evening on campus! IFS Welcome Festival is a great time to meet and greet your classmates and fellow students after your family has left campus.  Music, games, and snacks are part of this traditional welcoming event. There will be activities to help you mingle and get to know other IFS students.

August 12th
First Day of In-Person Class

student writing in classroomStudents will receive IFS class meeting details and plans from their professors. IFS teaching assistants will guide and assist you in finding your classroom on campus. Courses will continue with daily instruction and activities through August 21st.

August 14th
Open Mic Night

open_mic23.jpgOpen Mic Night is your chance for to show off your talents! Talents of all kinds are welcome: singers, musicians, dancers, group acts, poets, comedians, puppeteers, yodelers, jugglers, jesters and more! The range of acts spans from polished and professional to acts that threw something together in their dorm the night before. You never know what will happen at open mic night!

August 15th
Faculty Panel

facpanel.jpg During the Faculty Panel, a handful of IFS faculty members discuss a chosen theme from the perspective of their academic disciplines.  Faculty Panel is a series of engaging presentations from IFS faculty, a lively panel discussion, and a chance for you to ask questions.

August 20th
Academic Forum

acforum1.jpgDuring the Academic Forum, students present projects, analysis, and research from their IFS studies and engage with other students and classes. 

August 20th
Closing Celebration

20180502_iu_auditorium_er_003-768x512.jpgDirectly following the Academic Forum, IFS students, staff, and faculty attend a Closing Celebration complete with presentations, a slideshow, and light snacks. IFS coursework will conclude by noon on August 21st.

August 21st
FYE Welcome Week

20190823_traditionsandspiritofiu_jb_1213.jpgThe Office of First Year Experience offers exciting Welcome Week programming for students as they arrive to campus. From CultureFest, which is your opportunity to start finding your people, to Traditions and Spirit of IU, where you will get to see first-hand what Big Ten athletics are like and get a feel for what it is like to be a Hoosier, Welcome Week has something for everyone. FYE programs will continue through your freshman year. 

August 26th
Fall Semester Begins

fallsemesterbegins_timeline.jpgIU Bloomington fall semester courses begin. Plan your semester by visiting Student Central where you can find official IU calendars, steps to managing your class schedule, and financial planning resources.

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