Orientation

Congratulations on your acceptance to Indian Hills Community College! Orientation is the final step to becoming enrolled.

Orientations open two weeks prior to registration for each term. There are two steps for new students when completing orientation:

  • Attend an Academic Program/Advising Session
  • Complete your Online New Student Orientation in MyHills

You will receive an email on the orientation release date letting you know how to sign up for your academic program/advising session and a link to your online orientation. Students accepted after their term orientation release date will receive their orientation email on the day they are accepted.  Find your start term below to see when you will be able to start the orientation process.

2018 Winter Term Orientation Opens
October 3, 2018

2019 Spring Term Orientation Opens
January 8, 2019

2019 Summer Term Orientation Opens
April 4, 2019

2019 Fall Term Orientation Opens
April 4, 2019

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Step 1:  Change your password in WebAdvisor. (Read below to find your current password).

Note: Your Username is included in your acceptance letter, and the first time you log in to WebAdvisor, your password will be your 7-digit student number, followed by a capital “A” and a lowercase “z.”

Watch this demo for step-by-step instructions on how to change your password in WebAdvisor and access orientation in MyHills or read these step-by-step  read these instructions

Step 2:  Complete your Online New Student Orientation through MyHills. Students accepted prior to their accepted term's orientation release date will not be able to access their online orientation until the term's orientation is released. 

  • Open the “MyHills Login” page.
  • Type your “Username” and new “Password” in the provided fields.
  • Click “Login.”
  • Select your New Student Orientation from the “My Courses” module.
  • Complete your New Student Orientation.


Step 3:  Sign up for your academic advising appointment or program session! A link to book your appointment will be given to you in your orientation email sent on the orientation release date, if you are accepted after the orientation release date, you will receive your orientation email the day you are accepted.  

 What is the difference between an academic program session and an advising appointment?

Advising Appointments Arts and Sciences program, all Centerville programs (Except Centerville Nursing)

Academic Program Sessions Ottumwa Advanced Technology programs, Ottumwa Health Sciences programs, Culinary Arts, Criminal Justice and Hotel & Restaurant Management

 

Orientation FAQ's

I am a current student but switching programs, do I need to attend orientation again?

If you are a current student you are not required to complete the online orientation portion again. However, if you are switching divisions or programs within your division*, you will need to attend your new program’s academic program session or advising appointment.

*Exception: Advanced Technology students switching within the Advanced Technology division are not required to attend another Advanced Technology program session.

I have attended Indian Hills Community College in the past and am returning to complete my degree or start a new program, do I still need to complete New Student Orientation?

Students are considered “returning” and do not need to complete the online orientation portion again if they have attended in the last three years and have a cumulative GPA of at least a 2.0 with Indian Hills.

If you are switching divisions or programs within your division*, you will need to attend your new program’s academic program session or advising appointment.

*Exception: Advanced Technology students switching within the Advanced Technology division are not required to attend another Advanced Technology program session.

*Exception: If you are accepted into a Health Sciences program you have already been in and did not complete, you are required to contact and meet with your program director in order to complete orientation requirements and register for classes.

I am in a strictly online program, do I need to complete the academic advising/program session portion of orientation?

If you are completing orientation for one of the following programs, you do not need to complete an academic advising/program session, you only need to complete online orientation. Pharmacy Technology,  Respiratory Care, Medical Assistant, Healthcare Documentation Specialist, Health Information Technology or Health Unit Coordinator.

If you are in the Arts and Sciences – Online program, you will still need to complete an advising appointment via phone. Please click our Setmore Booking link page provided to you and sign up for a time you can do an advising appointment over the phone. In the comments, please note that you are an online student and provide us with the phone number you would like to be reached at when signing up for your appointment.

What should I bring with me to my academic program session or advising appointment?

All you need to bring is yourself. We will provide you with a packet of information pertaining to your program as well as a notepad and pen.

Can my parents attend orientation with me?

Parents are more than welcome to attend orientation with you but it is not required.

Can my child attend orientation with me?

If it is absolutely necessary to bring your child, you may. However, we recommend that you do not have any distractions during orientation so you can maintain a focus on the information.

Having trouble? Don't worry, we're here to help!

If you have questions about your advising appointment or academic program session, please contact our OneStop Office at 641-683-5262 or onestop@indianhills.edu and we will be happy to assist you! If you will be taking classes on the Centerville campus, you may also call 641-856-2143 for assistance with your appointment.

Contact Us:

Office of Admissions and Orientation
Indian Hills Community College
Phone: (641) 683-5262 | (800) 726-2585, ext. 5262
Fax: (641) 683-4277