April 2020 / Issue 1
New Student Orientation
Orientation Updates
Due to concerns for the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and community, USI has made the decision to move to a remote learning model for the remainder of the Spring 2020 Semester. Consistent with this decision, all University events (with exception of those held virtually) through the end of the Spring Semester have been canceled.
 
With the uncertainty of the summer, the University of Southern Indiana has decided to move to a hybrid orientation module. You will complete your Screaming Eagles Orientation in these steps:    
 
  • Step 1: Virtual Advising and Registration Appointment 
  • Your orientation date you are scheduled for will become your Virtual Advising and Registration Appointment. 
  • One week prior to your reserved orientation session date, your student will be contacted via email by your student's intended major’s advising center with a virtual-advising appointment, so you can develop a schedule and secure classes for your Fall 2020 Semester.
  • This advising appointment will take place the week of that scheduled date. Please reminder your student to check their email for instructions from their advising center.
  • Students can change their date if another date would work better by logging into their my.USI.edu account and clicking on Screaming Eagles Orientation app.
  • If your student has already completed this step, they can reach out to their advising center if they have any questions about their schedule.

  • Step 2: Complete the New Student Online Orientation Module Around May 1, 2020, you will receive an email with a link to the New Student Online Orientation module. You will also find information at usi.edu/orientation. You will need to complete this online orientation as the second step in your orientation.
  • Parents and guests are welcome to review the online orientation information your student will be receiving. We will send monthly newsletters this summer containing important transition information. 

  • Step 3: Participate in On-Campus Orientation Activities We are still working out the plan for this part of the program and will update as soon as possible. Participation in these activities will be important to make USI your student's home and prepare them for college life. These will happen late summer or just prior to classes starting. 
 
Supplemental Programs  
In addition, we will host several online question and answer sessions this summer to assist both students and families as you prepare for college this fall. Watch for email updates.

Updated information is always available at  usi.edu/orientation .
Before Virtual Advising and Registration Appointment  
Orientation Checklist
Please have your student review the Orientation Checklist to complete all necessary items before their virtual advising and registration appointment:

  • Complete required or optional Placement Testing two weeks prior to your virtual advising and registration appointment

  • Submit transcripts for any college coursework electronically to enroll@usi.edu

  • Change major or address
Campus Visit, Contacts and Questions
Campus Visits  
Please know that Student Development Programs and Admissions are working remotely until May 1, 2020. Campus is only accessible by authorized personnel; however, the University welcomes prospective students and their families to engage with us virtually. Available options are listed below, and we encourage students and their families to take advantage of these opportunities.
 
To Connect with Admissions:   
  • Online chat will be available every day from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Look for the "Live Counselor Available" graphic on the Admissions webpage.  
  • Email enroll@usi.edu or call 812-464-1765
  • Participate in a variety of virtual opportunities including individual appointments, student videos, campus tours and more.

To Connect with Student Development Programs (Orientation):   
  • Online chat will be available every day from 8 a.m.to 4:30 p.m. Look for the “How Can We Help?” chat feature on the Orientation webpage
  • Email questions to orientation@usi.edu.  
  • Call 812-465-7167 and leave a voicemail. A staff member will respond within one business day.  

To Connect with Advising Centers:   
Please email your advising center with questions or call and leave a voicemail. A staff member will respond within one business day. If you are unsure of your advising center, a full list is available online.

Frequently Asked Questions  
We want to thank you for your patience during this time, and look forward to seeing you on campus soon. To learn more about orientation and this evolving situation, please read  Frequently Asked Questions  and  USI’s COVID-19  pages.
Student Financial Aid
How to Help Pay for College
The 2020-2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is now available! Complete it online today at fafsa.gov . The new state of Indiana FAFSA filing deadline is April 15.

Some tips for filing are available online. I f you need assistance or have questions with making corrections, please email the Student Financial Aid office at finaid@usi.edu .

Students can check the status of their financial aid and any outstanding documents by following these steps:
  • Log in to myUSI
  • Select the “Self Service” Eagle App
  • Select “Financial Aid”
  • Check on status of outstanding documents by selecting “Eligibility”
  • Check financial aid package by selecting “Award” and then “Award for Aid Year”

Additional Financial Aid Information
  • Documents required for the financial aid verification process should be submitted by June 1 for priority processing

  • Students should determine an estimate of their tuition cost to make an informed decision on whether they need to accept their student loan offers

  • Student loans are accepted on or after July 1. Parent Plus loans may be applied for at www.studentaid.gov

  • The USI Student Financial Assistance office will send additional information this summer to all work study eligible students who are interested in working on campus during the 2020-21 academic year. Interested students may contact the Student Financial Assistance office to determine their eligibility for the Federal Work Study program.

  • Don't forget to apply for outside scholarships. Click the box below to see a list of resources for outside scholarships and grants which can offset the cost of your education.

Student Financial Assistance Zoom Virtual Event - Tuesday, April 7
Join Student Financial Assistance and Undergraduate Admissions for a live virtual event via Zoom video conferencing on Tuesday, April 7 at 6:30 p.m. CT to understand options available to your family as you continue to make plans to attend USI. Topics discussed will include but are not limited to:
  • Updating changes to your FAFSA
  • How to request additional assistance in times of financial hardship
  • Where to look for additional resources
  • Understanding your financial aid package and key terms
  • Navigating next steps in the financial aid process

Student Financial Assistance Contact Information
Phone: 812-464-1767 (please leave a voicemail)
Fax: 812-461-5305
Housing and Residence Life
On-Campus Housing
We have what you need to succeed!
Whether you are in a campus apartment or one of the residence hall suites, you will have all you need to succeed. Housing offers both traditional same gender and  gender inclusive  room assignments. All rooms are furnished, and are equipped with wired and wireless internet access. Utilities are included in your housing rate. Even basic expanded cable service is available--students simply provide the television. All campus communities have laundry facilities for student use and parking nearby. To view the locations of our housing communities, check out the  campus map .

Housing Options
Campus apartments   are available for all students including designated buildings for freshmen only, with the exception of students with families and married students. Each apartment comes fully furnished and has a full-sized living room and kitchen. The campus apartments are located within walking distance of the academic buildings for an added degree of convenience.

Residence halls  are designed as suites that combine the benefits of traditional residence hall living with popular apartment-style housing and include two bedrooms and two bathrooms for four students. Residence halls are available to freshmen students only.

Living Learning Communities at USI provide students with an innovative housing opportunity. Communities are designed to help first-year students transition to college, fit interests and needs, and achieve academic and social success. USI offers 11 LLCs for students to choose from, including options focused on a particular major or particular student interest. If you're interested in living in an LLC, complete both the  online  housing application and LLC application.

Housing Applications
  • Apply for on-campus housing
  • Living Learning Communities (LLCs)
  • Consider the Living Learning Communities (LLCs). LLCs provide freshmen the unique opportunity to live with students who have similar interests, goals and academic programs. If you are interested in being part of this unique opportunity, submit your application early and prior to your virtual advising and registration appointment.

Important Dates
  • June 1-12: Select your bed space during your assigned appointment time online

  • July 15: Room notification - assignments and roommate information will be sent through USI email

  • July 1: Deadline to cancel 2020-21 housing contract without penalty

  • August 1: Move-in information will be emailed to all assigned students. This includes move-in dates and times, as well as information about important University services.

More information can be found at usi.edu/housing. by calling 812-468-2000, emailing  living@usi.edu, and reading our  2020-2021 Housing and Residence Life/Food Services booklet .
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