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Orientation? CHECK! Welcome Week? NEXT!

%%First Name%%: Congratulations! You have successfully completed Orientation. We hope you enjoyed meeting your classmates, learning about campus resources, and getting registered for your fall classes. Your next step in transitioning to the U is to attend Welcome Week.

What is Welcome Week?

Through a variety of activities over a six-day experience, you will get to connect with your peers, college of enrollment, U of M as a whole, and the Twin Cities community. Your participation in Welcome Week will help you feel more comfortable and confident as your start your experience at the U and begin classes.

When is Welcome Week?

Welcome Week takes place Wednesday, August 31-Monday, September 5, and is required for all incoming first-year, first time students. Make sure to plan family vacations, work schedules, and housing leases (if living off-campus) so that you will be able to start Welcome Week on Wednesday, August 31.

What will I gain from Welcome Week?

By engaging in a variety of programs, you will gain the confidence to start your first semester of courses and thrive in your new community. Specifically, you will;

  • Get to know some of the people with whom you’re about to spend the next four years
  • Learn where to go when you need help with academics, involvement or personal wellness
  • Figure out how to navigate college life, from getting around campus to managing your time
  • Discover how college will be different than your previous schooling and what that might mean for your wellbeing
  • Realize how your actions can contribute to the campus community
  • Understand that there is a community here for you that welcomes your identities and/or interests
  • Get excited to be a Gopher!

What do I need to do to prepare for Welcome Week?

Watch your email for more information! On July 21, you will receive your first “Class of 2020 eNewsletter” to your UMN email address. It will include some important tasks for you to complete to ensure a smooth transition to campus, including completing Event Selection to create your personalized Welcome Week schedule.

Want to learn more about your arrival, the Welcome Week schedule, or accommodations? Visit

Get social!

Get connected to the Class of 2020 by sharing your experience at the U!

Participate in Welcome Week events* and you will be entered to win prizes from Coca-Cola! Prizes include a $500 gift card to the University of Minnesota Bookstores, an iPad, and a MacBook Pro!

*Full details available on U Minnesota/Class of 2020 guide in August.

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