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Issue 1: August 8, 2012

Welcome to the Class of 2016 eNewsletter This eNewsletter provides information needed to explore opportunities and resources around campus. You will receive a newsletter once a month throughout the school year. We will do our best to be brief, while providing you with the most pertinent information for your smooth and successful first year at the University of Minnesota!

This eNewsletter is divided into two sections – a section of action items to do and a section of resource items that will be helpful to your transition. Many of the action items listed here are on your New Student Checklist, located on the My College tab at myu.umn.edu. Make sure you have completed all of the items on this checklist before arriving for Welcome Week. If you have questions or suggestions about this publication, let us know at ofyp@umn.edu.


Select your Orientation Date
Time is running out to select an Orientation date, if you have not already. There are only three more Orientation programs remaining, August 22-23, 23-24 or August 27-28. Please check out your New Student Checklist on myu.umn.edu to get your date!

***Attention International Students***
On August 2 you received an email to your University of Minnesota account outlining all steps you must take prior to arrival. Make sure that you attend to all steps in this email. In addition, more information about your on-campus orientation can be found here.

Complete Welcome Week Event Selection
Some events at Welcome Week are required of all students, but you can personalize your schedule with the Welcome Week Event Selection. Access the event selection through your New Student Checklist or by clicking here. This should be completed by August 15 if you have not done so.

Strengths graphicComplete StrengthsFinder®
Through the Welcome Week Event Selection process, you received (or will receive) a code and instructions to take StrengthsFinder®. This inventory helps you identify your Top 5 talents and how you apply those talents as you connect with others on campus, in your academics, career, experiences, and daily life.

"When meeting new people at the beginning of the year, asking what their strengths were was a good conversation starter, and I met a lot of new people that I otherwise would not have met."

~ Freshman in the Class of 2015

Once You Complete StrengthsFinder®

If you need assistance accessing the StrengthsFinder® assessment or have lost your personal code, please contact strengths@umn.edu.


Commuter and Off-Campus Students:

  • Check-In is Wednesday, August 29 in the Great Hall of Coffman Memorial Union from 1:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. You will be receiving your personalized Welcome Week schedule and will meet your small group for the first time at 4:30 p.m.
  • If you will be driving to campus you can park in the East River Road Garage. At your first small-group meeting your Welcome Week Leaders will provide you with a parking coupon and will discuss your transit with you for the duration of the program.
  • You will receive a mailing in mid-August with more information about how to prepare for Welcome Week.

Residence Hall & Residential Apartment Students:

  • If you're moving into one of the residence halls or University apartments (this includes University Village, Yudof or Wilkins) this fall, the information you need to know and the answers to many of your questions can be found on Housing & Residential Life's website. It is important that you follow your move-in instructions. If you have questions please contact Housing & Residential Life.
  • Welcome Week Check-In is Tuesday, August 28 from 2:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. and on Wednesday, August 29 from 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. in the Great Hall of Coffman Memorial Union. It is important that you check in for Welcome Week after you check in to your Residence Hall.
  • If you live in Bailey Hall you will be able to check in for Welcome Week in the Bailey Hall lobby on Tuesday, August 28 from 4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. or on Wednesday, August 29 from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Welcome Week meals will begin with dinner August 29. Your campus meal plan begins September 1. You are responsible for meals prior to dinner on August 29. This is a great opportunity to try some of the local restaurants around you.
  • Take advantage of your time to get settled before Welcome Week begins. You will be busy with activities beginning at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 29.

What To Bring to Welcome Week

  • Your personal schedule, the Welcome Week Handbook and other materials will be available when you check in.
  • Bring comfortable shoes for walking, clothing appropriate for the weather, an umbrella, and some snacks to carry around with you! You will receive a water bottle when you check in for Welcome Week.

Class of 2016 Facebook Group
Facebook artworkJoin the Class of 2016 Facebook Group! It's a great way to connect with other first-year students and to stay on top of your transition to the U.



The University of Minnesota realizes that one of the key components to academic success is learning how to manage your time properly. Before coming to Welcome Week, it is recommended that you create a schedule of how you will manage your time during the first week of classes. The university recommends that for each hour of classroom instruction you should allow at least two hours of time to study and work on classroom assignments. When creating your schedule make sure that you include your course load, time to complete assignments and study, meals, free time to have some fun and relax, and the time it will take you to get to and from your classes each day. Utilize the Gopher Guide you received at Orientation –it is a great time management tool! During your first small group meeting, your Welcome Week Leaders will provide you with a year-long calendar that fits in your Gopher Guide. Use it for managing your assignments. Fill in all of your assignments for the entire semester after the first week of class.


Planning your Finances
Your college journey begins soon, so now is the perfect time to plan a budget for fall semester. For many of you this will be the first time you will be managing your own finances. Before coming to Welcome Week you should create a budget with a family member or mentor. Take into account the cost of tuition, housing, textbooks, incidentals and money for fun activities. For tips on creating a budget and money management visit the One Stop website.




Want to learn about Student Groups on Campus?
Are you curious about how to get involved on campus before you arrive for Welcome Week? Visit the Student Unions & Activities website and look through hundreds of student group profiles to find some that interest you. You will also be able to visit with over 120 student groups at the Explore-U event during Welcome Week.

Greek Life at the University of Minnesota
Have you ever wondered what it is like to join a fraternity or sorority? Now is the time to find out! Visit www.begreek.org to learn about joining a Greek organization. After checking into Welcome Week, look in your student handbook for information on Greek recruitment activities starting Saturday, September 1.

Who's going to be the loudest class in the TCF Bank Stadium student section?
Gopher Football season is right around the corner; and you know what that means? Time to buy your tickets, get your facepaint on, and say hello to the TCF Bank Stadium student section! Get your tickets today and join in the fun camaraderie of the Gopher Football season starting September 8 vs. New Hampshire. Also, mark your calendars for two spirit events: Pride and Spirit during Welcome Week and Party on the Plaza September 7.

Health & Wellness

Check Out the Student Health Benefit Plan
Now is a good time to compare your health plan coverage options. Students often switch from a parent or spouse's plan to the University-sponsored Student Health Benefit Plan (SHBP) to save money or because the SHBP offers the most substantial coverage.

Orientation & First-Year Programs

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