New Student Orientation

Welcome — You're a Warrior Now!

Congratulations! You have just one more step to becoming an official student at Indian Hills Community College: Orientation.

How your orientation begins depends on your program and campus. It will be either:

  • A one-on-one advising session, or
  • A group session for your academic program.

Orientation opens two weeks prior to registration for each term. You'll receive an email letting you know how to sign up for your session, as well as a link to complete your online orientation.


Upcoming Orientation Dates

New Student Orientation

Find your start term below to see when you will be able to start the orientation process:

  • 2024 Summer Term Release Date: April 11, 2024
  • 2024 Fall Term Release Date: April 11, 2024
  • 2024 Winter Term Release Date: October 2, 2024
  • 2025 Spring Term Release Date: January 7, 2025


Your Orientation How-To Guide

Step 1: Attend an Academic Program or Advising Session

Your orientation email will include a link to book your appointment/program session. If you are admitted after the orientation period has started, you'll receive your orientation instructions the day you're accepted.

Advising sessions are...

  • For students admitted into an Arts & Sciences program, or any Centerville program (except Nursing)
  • A one-on-one talk with your academic advisor
  • Typically one hour in length

Academic program sessions are...

  • For students admitted to an Advanced Technology or Health Science program at the Ottumwa Campus
  • Conducted in a group setting
  • Varying lengths depending on the program


Step 2: Complete your Online Orientation

You'll be able to access this module in the MyHills student portal on the orientation release date for your start term.

After logging in, just go to My Courses and select New Student Orientation. It usually takes about an hour to complete the online portion.

Frequently Asked Questions

If I'm switching programs, will I need to attend orientation again?
Is there an orientation for returning students?
What about online-only programs?
What should I bring with me to my program session or advising appointment?
Can my parents attend orientation with me?
Can my child attend orientation with me?

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Connect with The Admissions Team

Office of Admissions

Indian Hills Community College Ottumwa CampusBennett Student Services Center
Indian Hills Community College
623 Indian Hills Drive
Ottumwa, IA 52501

Phone: (641) 683-5262 or (800) 726-2585, ext. 5262

Email: [email protected]