CALS Orientation Frequently Asked Questions

CALS Orientation Frequently Asked Questions

Your Iowa State adventure is close to beginning. The next stop on the way to becoming a Cyclone is completing Orientation. There are slightly different processes for freshman, coming directly from high school, and transfer students, transferring from another institution. Check out answers to some commonly asked questions.

The Freshman Online Orientation Process at a Glance

This information pertains to incoming, direct from high school, domestic students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) who plan to enroll at Iowa Sate for fall 2020.

-Complete online orientation sometime between June 1 and June 26
-Look for and fill out the advising and registration form that is at the end of your major information within online orientation
-Fully complete online orientation by continuing through the last modules (failure to do so means you will not be able to register for classes)
-Check your email to receive further instructions from our department/major adviser about registering for classes
-Register for classes sometime in the month of June
-OFFICIALLY BE A CYCLONE

Section 1 – Online Orientation 

1.

When will I get a link to sign up for online orientation?

 

There is no sign up for online orientation. You will receive an email on June 1 with access to and instructions on how to complete online orientation

   

2.

I previously signed up for an orientation date. Is this my registration day?

 

Due to COVID-19 safety precautions, we have made the difficult decision to transition to online orientation services this summer. You will complete online orientation and then be connected to your adviser to schedule an advising and registration appointment.

   

3.

When should I complete online orientation?

 

You can complete it anytime June 1 thru June 26. We encourage you to complete it in the earlier part of June, though registration appointments will take place throughout the month.

   

4.

How long does online orientation take?

 

You will be able to work at your own pace. You can spend as much or as little time as you need learning about the topics. Please pay close attention to your major-specific section, as there will be an advising and registration form you are required to fill out in order to schedule a class registration appointment.

   

5.

Do I have to complete online orientation all at one time?

 

You can work through the information at your own pace; however, we encourage you to dedicate an uninterrupted, appropriate amount of time so you can be fully prepared to transition to Iowa State. Once you have completed online orientation, you can go back to revisit the information.

   

6.

What if I don’t complete online orientation?

 

You won’t be able to register for classes.

   

7.

What are the deadlines to completing online orientation?

 

We recommend beginning online orientation around June 1, though you have until June 26. Once you have completed the online orientation, you will receive additional information on your next steps in course registration and meeting with an adviser.

   

8.

Who do I contact if I have questions about online orientation and course registration?

 

Contact the CALS Student Services Office at calsorientation@iastate.edu

   

9.

Who do I contact if I have technical difficulties or have limited access to internet?

 

Contact the New Student Programs office at 515-294-0801 or nsp@iastate.edu

Section 2 – Before Completing Online Orientation

1.

Confirm your major and email are correct

   

2.

Create your Net ID

 

You will need your Net ID to complete online orientation. See instructions on Iowa State Information Technology (IT).

   

3.

Complete the ALEKS

 

The ALEKS is a math assessment required for all incoming Iowa State students. The assessment must be completed prior to course registration.

   

4.

If you are transferring in college credit, review your Transfer Credit Evaluation (TCE).

 

Your TCE shows the college courses you are transferring to Iowa State based on any self-reported coursework you indicated on your admissions application. Please review your TCE for accuracy by:

– Logging into AccessPlus

– Clicking on the Student tab in the upper right corner

– Clicking on Admissions in the left column

– Clicking on Transfer Credit Eval

If you see any updates, please make note of this when meeting with your academic adviser. It may be helpful for you to have a copy of your unofficial transcript available for your advising appointment. The Office of Admissions will need an updated, official transcript sent directly from the college (cannot take them from your high school transcript) once your grades are available on your transcript. Advanced Placement (AP), College Level Exam (CLEP), or International Baccalaureate (IB) courses will not be included on the TCE. If you are bringing in college credit earned by exam, please mention this to your academic adviser.

   

5.

Prepare questions you may have about your program.

Section 3 – Registering for Classes

1.

When will I register for classes?

 

You will complete online orientation sometime between June 1 and June 26, though we recommend completing it around June 1. Registration dates will be provided to you once you have completed online orientation. Please pay close attention to your major-specific section, as there will be an advising and registration form you are required to fill out in order to schedule a class registration appointment.

   

2.

I have a later registration date – will all the classes be full?

 

Classes are time released, so you are not at a disadvantage for having a later-June registration date.

   

3.

I need my Registration Access Number (RAN).

 

Your academic adviser will provide you your RAN if you need it for course registration. You can discuss this with your academic adviser when you meet virtually to discuss course registration.

   

4.

Who is my adviser? When will I meet my adviser?

 

You will receive more information from your major/department and academic adviser once you have completed online orientation. They will help you schedule an advising and class registration appointment. Continue to check your email and answer your phone to assist in the scheduling process.

   

5.

How will I register for classes? Do I have to come to campus?

 

You will not meet with your adviser in-person to register for classes nor will you come to campus. All advising sessions will be done virtually. Each major and adviser will work with you to ensure you register for classes successfully. This may be done through a virtual video conference call or phone call. Please discuss any concerns with your adviser.

Section 4 – After Orientation and Class Registration

1.

I need to change my schedule after I met with my academic adviser

 

Contact your academic adviser whom you met with virtually for course registration. You will not be able to change your schedule by yourself after you register for fall classes until mid-July.

   

2.

I have decided to change my major

 

Contact calsorientation@iastate.edu and we will help you get connected to your new major and adviser.

   

3.

What else do I need to do?

 

You can go back into online orientation to review information including next steps after online orientation.

Section – For Parents, Families, and Support Systems

1.

Will I be able to complete orientation with my student?

 

You will be able to view the orientation content that your student is viewing. Look for this in your email.

   

2.

Can I join my student for their class registration appointment?

 

We recommend allowing your student to develop and grow the relationship that they will have with their academic adviser. As such, we would appreciate you not joining them for the registration appointment. You can support your student by helping them develop questions to ask their adviser before their registration appointment and following up with your student after the appointment.

   

3.

When is it appropriate for me to contact my student’s adviser?

 

If there is an emergency that would impact a student’s health, performance, or ability to attend class, please contact the adviser or the Dean of Student’s Office. It is important for you to be in contact with your student so they are aware of who you are contacting.

   

4.

Can the adviser tell me my student’s grades? They won’t share them with me.

 

Unfortunately, the adviser and faculty members cannot share your student’s grades with you. We encourage students to be in communication with their family members and to discuss the possibility of third-party access to a student’s record.

Section – Other Resources

Didn’t see an answer to your question? Check out these other resources:

ISU Dining
Dean of Student Office
Financial Aid
Accounts Receivable (University Bill or “U-Bill”)
Department of Residence

The Transfer Online Orientation Process at a Glance

This information pertains to incoming, domestic, transfer students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences 9CALS) who plan to enroll at Iowa State for fall 2020.

-Complete online orientation in Canvas as soon as possible. Please allow up to two business days for online orientation to be loaded into Canvas after you have set up your Net ID.
-Following the instructions located within online orientation, notify calsorientation@iastate.edu once you have completed all modules and quizzes
-Check your email to receive contact information for your academic adviser
-Register for classes
-OFFICIALLY BE A CYCLONE!

Section 1 – Transfer Online Orientation

1.

Is online orientation required? I already have college experience and did orientation at my last school.

 

Yes – orientation is required. We understand and acknowledge you have prior college experience, but we want to makes sure you are provided need-to-know information to help you be a successful Iowa State student.

   

2.

What if I don’t complete online orientation?

 

You won’t be able to register for classes.

   

3.

I previously signed up for a transfer orientation date. Is this my registration day?

 

No. Due to COVID-19 safety precautions, we have made the difficult decision to transition to all online orientation services. You will complete online orientation and then be connected to your adviser to schedule an advising and registration appointment.

   

4.

When should I complete online orientation?

 

We encourage you to complete online orientation as soon as possible.

   

5.

How long does online orientation take?

 

You will be able to work at your own pace. You can spend as much or as little time as you need learning about the topics. Please pay close attention to the instructions on who to contact once you complete online orientation.

   

6.

Do I have to complete online orientation all at one time?

 

You can work through the information at your own pace; however, we encourage you to dedicate an uninterrupted, appropriate amount of time so you can be fully prepared to transition to Iowa State. Once you have completed online orientation, you can go back to revisit the information.

   

7.

What are the deadlines to completing online orientation?

 

There is not a deadline, though we recommend you complete it as soon as possible so you can register for classes with an academic adviser.

   

8.

Who do I contact if I have questions about online orientation and course registration?

 

Contact calsorientation@iastate.edu with questions.

   

9.

Who do I contact if I have technical difficulties or have limited access to internet?

 

Contact the New Student Programs office at 515-294-0801 or nsp@iastate.edu

Section 2 – Before completing Online Orientation

1.

Confirm your major and email are correct

   

2.

Create your Net ID

 

You will need your Net ID to complete online orientation. See instructions on Iowa State Information Technology (IT).

   

3.

Complete the ALEKS

 

The ALEKS is a math assessment required for all incoming Iowa State students. The assessment must be completed prior to course registration

   

4.

Review your Transfer Credit Evaluation (TCE)

 

Your TCE shows the college courses you are transferring to Iowa State based on any self-reported coursework you indicated on your admissions application. Please review your TCE for accuracy by:
– Logging into AccessPlus
– Clicking on the Student tab in the upper right corner
– Clicking on Admissions in the left column
– Clicking on Transfer Credit Eval
If you see any updates, please make note of this when meeting with your academic adviser. It may be helpful for you to have a copy of your unofficial transcript available for your advising appointment. The Office of Admissions will need an updated, official transcript sent directly from the college (cannot take them from your high school transcript) once your grades are available on your transcript.

Advanced Placement (AP), College Level Exam (CLEP), or International Baccalaureate (IB) courses will not be included on the TCE. If you are bringing in college credit earned by exam, please mention this to your academic adviser.

   

5.

Prepare questions you may have about your program.

Section 3 – Registering for Classes

1.

When will I register for classes?

 

You can register for classes as soon as you have 1-completed online orientation, 2-follow instructions to contact calsorientation@iastate.edu, and 3-we approve you to work with an adviser. 

   

2.

I need my Registration Access Number (RAN).

 

Your academic adviser will provide you your RAN if you need it for course registration. You can discuss this with your academic adviser when you meet virtually to discuss course registration.

   

3.

Who is my adviser? When will I meet my adviser?

 

You will receive more information from your major/department and academic adviser once you have completed online orientation. They will help you schedule an advising and class registration appointment. Continue to check your email and answer your phone to assist in the scheduling process.

   

4.

How will I register for classes? Do I have to come to campus?

 

You will not meet with your adviser in-person to register for classes nor will you come to campus. All advising sessions will be done virtually. Each major and adviser will work with you to ensure you register for classes successfully. This may be done through a virtual video conference call or phone call. Please discuss any concerns with your adviser.

Section 4 – After Orientation and Class Registration

1.

I need to change my schedule after I met with my academic adviser

 

Contact your academic adviser whom you met with virtually for course registration.

   

2.

I have decided to change my major

 

Contact calsorientation@iastate.edu – we will help you get connected to your new major and adviser.

   

3.

What else do I need to do?

 

You can go back into online orientation to review information including next steps after online orientation.

Section – For parents, families, and support systems

1.

Will I be able to complete orientation with my student?

 

You will be able to view the orientation content that your student is viewing. Look for this in your email.

   

2.

Can I join my student for their class registration appointment?

 

We recommend allowing your student to develop and grow the relationship that they will have with their academic adviser. As such, we would appreciate you not joining them for the registration appointment. You can support your student by helping them develop questions to ask their adviser before their registration appointment and following up with your student after the appointment.

   

3.

When is it appropriate for me to contact my student’s adviser?

 

If there is an emergency that would impact a student’s health, performance, or ability to attend class, please contact the adviser or the Dean of Student’s Office. It is important for you to be in contact with your student so they are aware of who you are contacting. 

   

4.

Can the adviser tell me my student’s grades? They won’t share them with me.

 

Unfortunately, the adviser and faculty members cannot share your student’s grades with you. We encourage students to be in communication with their family members and to discuss the possibility of third-party access to a student’s record.

Section – Other Resources

Didn’t see an answer to your question? Check out these other resources:

ISU Dining
Dean of Student Office
Financial Aid
Accounts Receivable (University Bill or “U-Bill”)
Department of Residence