For Your University of Minnesota New Student Orientation
We look forward to seeing you at your two-day New Student Orientation! Before you arrive on campus, here is some information to help you plan for your trip.
Plan for your arrival at Orientation
Go here for directions and parking information.
Please follow the directions listed on the above Website. DO NOT USE GPS DIRECTIONS, as these routes will be incorrect. Please allow plenty of time for getting to campus, as there is considerable construction for families traveling from the West to campus.
After parking in the East River Road Garage, gather your luggage and take the elevator to Level 1/Plaza Level. Then follow the signs to Yudof Hall, where you will drop off your overnight bag. Your luggage will be transported by Orientation staff to Comstock Hall, where it will be stored until you are scheduled to pick it up in the early evening. Once you have checked your luggage, head to Coffman Union’s ground floor for Orientation Check-In.
Check-In begins at 8:00 a.m.
Although you can check-in anytime between 8:00-9:30 a.m., make sure you plan ahead if you want to attend any of the morning sessions. Go here for a list of these sessions as well as a complete overview of your Orientation schedule.
Are your parents/family registered for Orientation?
Will a parent or family member accompany you to Orientation? If so, they are encouraged to register in advance for the Parent Orientation program and attend on your Day 1. Go here for more information and registration.
Pack your bag!
Orientation is a two-day program with a mandatory overnight stay on campus. A room has already been reserved for you in Comstock Hall. If you need additional nights visit here. Be sure to bring the following items.
- University Internet ID and memorized password
- Name of health insurance company and policy number (you may purchase University insurance instead)
- $6.00 per day for parking
- Photo ID for U Card
- Backpack for your materials
- Notebook and pen or pencil
- Comfortable clothing and shoes
- Umbrella in case of rain
- Money to buy lunch on Day 2
- Smartphone/mobile device and charger (optional if you want to access Class of 2021 orientation materials electronically through U Minnesota)
- Alarm clock
- Toiletries, including soap and towel (linens and pillow provided)
Join the Class of 2021 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Questions or Concerns?
Contact Orientation & First-Year Programs anytime. We look forward to seeing you at Orientation!
Orientation & First-Year Programs