University College

University College

University College, or UCOL, is your gateway to your degree. Our team is dedicated to supporting you in making a successful transition to college beginning after your admission to Indiana University Columbus and continuing through your entry into your undergraduate degree program.

Academic Advising

University College is home to your Columbus campus's academic advisors for all divisions. Your academic advisor will work with you to choose courses and the degree program that best fits your personal interests and goals. They are knowledgeable about the undergraduate and graduate degrees you can complete at IU Columbus, as well as those you can begin in here and finish at IU Indianapolis or another campus.

At Indiana University Columbus, you are an active participant in developing an academic plan that will enable you to achieve your short- and long-term academic and career goals. Your academic advisor will assist you in developing an appropriate plan of study and course schedule. They will also advise you about degree requirements, policies, and procedures.

University College Division promotes a collaborative relationship between students, staff and faculty where students are empowered to be active participants in reaching their short and long-term academic goals.

New Student Orientation

About orientation

The University College team hosts many new student orientation programs each year. Our goal is for you to start strong at IU Columbus, feeling comfortable with campus and confident in your connection to the many resources available to you here. 

Learn more about New Student Orientation

Orientation Leaders

Current students who want to help new students transition successfully to their college careers are invited to apply for an orientation leader position. Orientation Leaders do the important work of welcoming our first-year and transfer students and answering their questions from a student's perspective.

Learn more and apply to be an Orientation Leader

First-year seminar

What is a first-year seminar?

If you are a first-year student or are transferring with fewer than 12 credit hours, your first-year seminar is a course that will introduce you to college and provide you with a supportive environment through your first semester at IU Columbus.

Learn more about your first-year seminar

Peer Mentors

If you are enrolled in a first-year seminar course, you'll be paired with a Peer Mentor who will help guide you through your first semester, answer your questions, and connect you with resources on campus.

If you are a current sophomore, junior, or senior at IU Columbus and you want to help new students succeed, you are encouraged to apply for a Peer Mentor position.

Learn more and apply to be a Peer Mentor

Academic standing and progress

UCOL academic advisors monitor your academic progress. When you are admitted to University College Division, you must maintain a 2.0 cumulative minimum grade point average (GPA) to be in good academic standing. For details, review these academic policies. If you are on academic probation, UCOL advisors can help you develop a success plan leading to get back in good academic standing.

Academic calendar

The academic calendar is an important tool. It lists the dates when you can register for classes in One.IU, the first day of classes, the times you can adjust your schedule by dropping or adding classes, campus holidays and breaks, final exams, and more.