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University of Minnesota Driven to Discover
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Congratulations on your acceptance to the University of Minnesota and on your decision to join the Class of 2019! Although your orientation is not until summer, we want to make sure all of your questions get answered and that you keep up with all deadlines and expectations from the University.

Your New Student Checklist & Orientation
Starting April 1 you will be able to access your New Student Checklist which will allow you to complete the Tell Us About Yourself survey, select an Orientation date, and begin placement testing. It will also list any other college-specific tasks to prepare you for Orientation and the start of academic year. To access your New Student Checklist click here.

Orientation is a two-day program required of all new students. You will learn about University Resources, experience a required night in a residence hall, meet with an academic adviser, and register for fall classes.

Things to Do

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, initiate 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 2019 Facebook Group
OFYP has created this Facebook group just for your class, and we hope you will use it as a space to connect with other incoming first-year students. If you have questions, let us know at

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.

Do you plan to live on campus?
Click here to begin the housing application.

Plan to Attend Welcome Week
Mark your calendar for Welcome Week – September 2-7.

Questions or Concerns?

Contact Orientation & First-Year Programs. We are excited to have you join the Class of 2019, and we look forward to meeting you at Orientation this summer!

Orientation & First-Year Programs