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 will 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.

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Fall 2022 Bridge Week is August 15–19!

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 experience during Bridge Week supports your success in your fall classes and beyond. With so much to learn in such a short time, it's essential and expected that first-year students be present all five days of the program. If you need to miss any scheduled activities, contact us promptly at

Meal plans

Information about meal plans for first-year students is not yet available for fall 2022.  Please continue to monitor our website and your IU email for updates.

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 2022 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.

Simply enroll in a first-year seminar! During orientation, your advisor can help you figure out which section is right for you.

Since Bridge Week is so essential to your success in the fall semester, your participation in all five days of program activities and sessions is expected. If you need to miss any part of the program, contact our team promptly at

Yes, you can! Early move-in dates for first-year students have yet to be determined. Please continue to monitor our website and your IU email for updates.

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 IU 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 about how to make the most of your first year?