Becoming a Hawkeye


The University of Iowa Admissions website offers comprehensive transfer admissions information—find an overview by navigating the menu options on this page.

Visiting campus is the best way to learn what Iowa is all about. Take advantage of special visit events for transfer students, or schedule a weekday visit by calling the Admission Visitors Center at 319-335-1569 at least two weeks in advance.

Transfer Planning Tips

These advising aids provide important advice on what to take prior to transferring including information on prerequisites, general education requirements and competitive admission majors. They were developed so that students can more easily plan for the future, take appropriate courses, transfer at the right time and get connected earlier with appropriate faculty and staff.”

Financial Aid 

The Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) helps University of Iowa students identify financial assistance from a variety of sources—grants, loans, scholarships, employment, and more.

OSFA is located in Calvin Hall and is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Financial aid counselors are available on a drop-in basis. Telephone assistance may be limited to due confidentiality.

Funding for some programs is limited, so students with financial need should look for as many sources of assistance as possible. Students may apply for financial aid each year. 


All colleges and universities are different. Orientation is designed to introduce you and your family to the Iowa policies, procedures, and campus resources available to help you succeed. 

Whether you're enrolling in the fall, spring, or summer, you are required to attend a one-day Orientation program. The program date will depend on the semester in which you plan to enroll. When you make your Orientation Program Reservation through your Admissions Profile on ISIS, you'll see the dates for which you're eligible.

On Iowa!

This five-day orientation and welcome event takes place right before the start of the fall semester. If you're a transfer student starting in the fall, you're invited to take part.

During On Iowa!, you'll make great friends, discover Hawkeye traditions, prepare to excel in your classes, explore activities and student organizations, and commit to The Iowa Challenge. Special events for transfer students will help you make a smooth transition to the UI.

Selecting a Major

 Finding the right major can take time, trying new classes, and talking with students and faculty in the fields that interest you. Students who choose majors they love graduate with higher grade point averages. Seventy-five percent of all college students change their majors at least once during their college careers.