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It's time to select your New Student Orientation date!


College tab on myu.umn.eduLog-on to to start your New Student Checklist, which is under the my COLLEGE tab. Complete the Pre-Orientation survey and then select your orientation date.

What is New Student Orientation?

New Student Orientation is a required two-day overnight program scheduled sometime between June 10 and July 18. Orientation is required of every new student coming to the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. August dates are available for International Students.

Planning for Your Orientation NewsletterDuring Orientation, you will be placed into a small group with an Orientation Leader who will lead you through your Day 1 activities. You will learn about campus resources, meet with your college of enrollment and prepare for course registration. All students will spend the night in Comstock Hall to experience a residence hall firsthand. On Day 2, you will register for your fall semester classes. For more information look for the Planning for Your Orientation Newsletter arriving in your mail soon!

To learn more about New Student Orientation, click here.

Once you have selected an orientation date, encourage your parents to sign up for Parent Orientation! The registration process for parents is separate from the New Student Checklist. Research shows parent involvement contributes positively to student success.


Dates fill quickly, so don't delay! Be sure to check for conflicts like high school graduations, family vacations, sporting commitments, weddings, and summer jobs.

Initiate your University email account
Your University email account is the official method of communication at the U of M. If you haven't already, intitiate your U of M email account and check it on a regular basis at You will need to know your Social Security number, student ID number, and birth date. You will also need to create a password.

Join the Class of 2018 Facebook Group
Soon you will receive an invitation (sent to your U of M email account) to join the U of M Class of 2018 Facebook Group. (It will come from Facebook, so you should check your spam folder if you don't see it in your inbox.) This group is intended only for students at the University of Minnesota (Twin Cities) in the Class of 2018. It is a space to connect with other incoming first-year students. There is no obligation to join.

Complete the free application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online
You can apply for financial aid anytime. Information on all types of aid programs is available here.

Complete your Housing Application
If you plan to live on campus then click here to begin the application.

Plan to Attend Welcome Week
Mark your calendar for Welcome Week, which will be August 27 - September 1, 2014.

Questions or Concerns?

Contact Orientation & First-Year Programs anytime. We are excited to have you join the Class of 2018, and look forward to meeting you at Orientation next summer!

Orientation & First-Year Programs