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Congratulations on your acceptance to the University of Minnesota and on your decision to join the Class of 2020! 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 6 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.

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 advisor, and register for fall classes.

Things to Do Now

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, 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

Apply for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online

We encourage you to apply for financial aid. Information on all types of aid programs is available here.

Do you plan to live on campus?

Start here to begin the housing application.

Plan to Attend Welcome Week

Mark your calendar for Welcome Week: August 31-September 5.

Questions or Concerns?

Let us know! We are excited to have you join the Class of 2020, and we look forward to meeting you at Orientation this summer!

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.