Trek Week and Move-in

In just a couple of weeks, our campus will be bustling with freshmen and transfers, and we can’t wait! We know you are probably busy at home buying bedding, ordering textbooks, packing a very full car and helping your student prepare for this exciting new chapter in their life.

Once on campus, Move-In Day and New Student Orientation (Trek) will be the first experiences for your student as an IWU Wildcat. To help make your student’s experience a smooth one, we have compiled a list of frequently asked questions in regards to Move-In Day and Trek.

When can I move in?

Incoming freshman and transfer students will move into their residence halls on Saturday, Aug. 25. The Housing department will send information regarding your student’s assigned move-in time as well as parking information for the day. Returning students will move in during the following weekend during whichever time slot fits their schedule best. The dates and times that returning students can choose from include: Friday, Aug. 31 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 1 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and Sunday, Sept. 2 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

How do I move in? What should I expect?

You and your student may feel overwhelmed by the logistics of moving in. That mini-fridge is heavy, and there will be several bags and tubs to carry. For this reason, IWU recruits a team of student movers (Move-In Crew) for each residence hall on Move-In Day. All of your student’s possessions will be placed outside their room, and you will not have to lift a finger until then. Additionally, your student will be greeted by the residence hall staff in the lobby and personally walked through the process of checking in.

*The Move-In Crew is a service provided only to new and transfer students on Saturday during the scheduled move-in times. Move-In Crew will not be operating during Welcome Weekend when returning students move in.

What happens after I move in?

After moving in, you and your student will need to find the Commons, which is located in the Barnes Student Center. Once there, your student will have the opportunity to purchase a parking pass and receive their mailbox key. Additionally, your student will receive a folder with helpful information for the week, a campus map and a lanyard with a name tag. Free meal tickets will also be provided for your family to have dinner in Baldwin Dining Hall.

What is Trek Week?

Trek, otherwise known as New Student Orientation, is a week designed to help your student transition to life at IWU. Your student will be assigned to an FYE (First Year Experience) class based on their major, and he or she will have a chance to meet other students as well as their peer educator, who will serve as a mentor throughout the first semester. Your student’s FYE group will have meetings during the week, times for debrief and reflection, and even a local service project. The week will also include opportunities for your student to meet their professors, attend workshops and learn helpful information for the semester.

How do I make friends?

Your student may feel lonely or shy during the week, but you can help your student by reminding him or her that other students are experiencing the same fears about meeting new people. Encourage your student to sit with different people at lunch, engage in the various activities and games being offered, and prop open their door when they are in their room to allow others to say hello.

Additionally, reassure your student that these adjustments take time and patience. Your student may also benefit from receiving advice about spending time alone. Making friends is important, but it is also healthy to rest and take breaks.

Where can I go for help?

Your student may find that he or she has questions or needs encouragement but does not know where to turn. Peer educators and resident assistants are trained to help new students acclimate, and they are a great resource for information and encouragement.

We can’t wait to welcome you and your student to campus in just a few weeks!

Want to see photos of your hall? Click here! Was this list helpful? Let us know in the comments! If you have any questions about Move-In Day, contact Crystal Kitten, director of housing, at


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