Bridge Week

Welcome to your first year

Bridge Week is your official welcome to IUPUI: your chance to meet people, get questions answered, and adjust to college before classes even start.

The week before the fall semester begins, you and your fellow freshmen can participate in activities and attend sessions that will equip you with the knowledge of what to expect, where to go for help, and how to succeed at IUPUI. This is a big year for new experiences. Whether you’re nervous, excited, or anything in between, our team of welcoming instructors and encouraging student mentors are ready to support you in your transition to college.

If you’d like to participate in Bridge Week, talk to your advisor during orientation, and register at that time. Schedule your orientation date soon – space in 2021 Bridge Week is limited!

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Fall 2021 Bridge Week is August 16 – 20!

What to expect


Bridge Week activities are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday the week before fall classes begin.

The details of each day’s activities vary by the day of the week and by your major.

If you’re registered for Bridge Week, you’ll receive the details of your schedule on the first day of the program. Don’t worry, though! Our team will be in touch throughout the summer to fill you in on what to do and where to go on your first day.


Everything you learn during Bridge Week supports your success in your fall classes. Students who register for Bridge Week are expected to be present all five days. If you need to miss any scheduled activities, contact us promptly at

Meal plans

If you’re living in Ball Residence Hall, North Hall, or University Tower and are approved for an early move-in date, you will automatically be assigned a meal plan to use at Tower Dining during Bridge Week. This meal plan is prorated at a daily rate, beginning the day you move in, and will be billed directly to your bursar account.  

If you've purchased an Elective Block Meal Plan (e.g., Jazzy, Jawz, Jags, and Jinx plans) for the fall semester, you may use that meal plan during Bridge Week.

If you've purchased an Elective Board Meal Plan (e.g., All Access 7 Day, All Access 5 Day, and 14 per week Electives) and would like to have access to on-campus meals during Bridge Week, you may purchase an early move-in meal plan online at

Bridge Week: New experiences start here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes! Bridge Week is an important part of your first-year experience at IUPUI. Bridge Week 2021 will be an in-person experience. Campus experts continue to monitor our public health situation and will notify the campus community of any changes that may affect Bridge Week activities.

First, enroll in a first-year seminar that is participating in Bridge Week. During orientation, your advisor can help you figure out which section is right for you. Make sure you schedule your orientation early, as space during Bridge Week is limited.

Now that you've reserved your spot in Bridge Week, our team will be reaching out throughout the summer with additional information and reminders about the program. These will be sent to your university email, so we recommend checking your email account regularly!

We always recommend getting a head start on your first year. However, since space in the program is limited for Fall 2021, Bridge Week is not a requirement. If you already registered for Bridge Week, your participation in all five days of program activities and sessions is mandatory. If you need to miss any part of the program, contact our team promptly at

Yes, you can! If you registered for Bridge Week and have a fall 2021 housing contract by July 1, you will receive approval to sign up for an available early move-in date.

If you’re living on campus in the fall and you sign up for an early move-in date, a prorated daily charge for your housing and meal plan will be billed directly to your bursar account.  Students who will be commuting during Bridge Week and do not purchase an early meal plan will be responsible for their own meals, as well as transportation to and from Bridge Week activities, each day.  There are no additional costs for any Bridge Week programming or activities.

Information about where to go and what to do on the first day of Bridge Week will be sent to your IUPUI email address about one week prior to the program start date. When you arrive, plan to go directly to the location indicated in the email you received. If you still aren’t sure where to go, don’t worry! Volunteers will be around campus to help you find your way – just look for folks wearing red “Welcome to IUPUI” shirts!

Because the details of your Bridge Week schedule are in some ways determined by your major, it’s important you check with your academic advisor to make any necessary schedule changes.

What comes next? Look forward to Weeks of Welcome

There are four major traditions you can look forward to as a Jaguar. The first is Weeks of Welcome (WOW) - and it starts right after Bridge Week! Throughout the first two weeks of classes, you can attend events each day to learn more about all IUPUI has to offer. 

Check out Weeks of Welcome

Still curious how to make the most of your first year?