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Select your New Student Orientation date!


It's time to start your New Student Checklist! Complete the Tell Us About Yourself 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 7 and July 15. Orientation is required of every new student coming to the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities.

During 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 read the Orientation Newsletter.

To learn more about New Student Orientation, go here.

Once you have selected an orientation date, encourage your parents to sign up for Parent Orientation! Research shows parent involvement contributes positively to student success. The registration process for parents is separate from the New Student Checklist. Your parent will need to know your 7-digit student ID number and the dates you selected for your orientation.

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.

Activate your University Google App (email) account
Your University email account is the official method of communication at the U of M. Using your U of M Internet ID and password, go here and activate your account. The University is a Google Apps campus. Be sure to check your email regularly at

Join the Class of 2020 Facebook Group
OFYP has created this Facebook group just for your class. It is a space to connect with other incoming first-year students. Check it out!

Complete the 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 go here to begin the application.

Plan to Attend Welcome Week
Mark your calendar for Welcome Week, which will be August 31-September 5.

Questions or Concerns?

Contact Orientation & First-Year Programs anytime. We are excited to have you join the Class of 2020, and look forward to meeting you at Orientation!

Orientation & First-Year Programs

Note: If you no longer plan to attend the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, you will need to contact the Office of Admissions.