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Issue 1: August 14, 2013

Welcome to the Class of 2017 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 – action items that you should complete and 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.


  1. 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 21-22, 22-23 or August 26-27. Please complete your New Student Checklist on myu.umn.edu to get your date!

    ***Attention International Students***
    At the end of July 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. You must complete your document check no later than the day before you attend Freshman Orientation. In addition, more information about your on-campus orientation can be found here.

  2. Welcome Week artworkWelcome Week Event Selection Extended to Monday, August 19
    Some events at Welcome Week are required of all students, but you can personalize your schedule with the Welcome Week Event Selection. This should be completed by August 19 if you have not done so.

  3. Complete 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®
    • Check out your Signature Theme Report and Strengths Insight and Action-Planning Guide at www.strengthsquest.com. Log in using the username and password you created when you took StrengthsFinder®.
    • Check out resources and videos for how to use your Top 5 at: strengths.umn.edu. Learn more about Strengths before getting to campus!
    • Post your Top 5 on the Class of 2017 Facebook page and follow Strengths at the U on Twitter: @UMN_Strengths.
    • If you need assistance accessing the StrengthsFinder® assessment or have lost your personal code, please contact strengths@umn.edu.

  4. Complete AlcoholEdu® and Buttonwood Financial Wellness™
    • Complete two online courses: AlcoholEdu® and Buttonwood Financial Wellness™ prior to coming to campus. Check your UMN email for more information.

  5. GuidebookGo Mobile with Guidebook
    • By downloading the Guidebook app to your mobile device, you will have access to many important University resources, all put together and organized in one place.
    • Click here for directions to download the Guidebook app.
    • If you downloaded the Guidebook app for Orientation, the guide will automatically update with Welcome Week information the next time you access it.
    • All information in the Welcome Week handbook and your personal schedule will be available on the Guidebook app.


Welcome Week starts August 28!

Commuter and Off-Campus Students

  • Check-In is Wednesday, August 28 in the Theater of Coffman Memorial Union. Students who live in off-campus apartments will check in at 1:45 p.m. and students commuting from home will check in at 2:30 p.m. Click here for additional details. You will be receiving your personalized Welcome Week schedule (unless you opt to receive materials electronically via Guidebook) and will meet your small group for the first time at 4:00 p.m.
  • If you are a University band or Spirit Squad member, a fall-competing athlete, an international student, a Multicultural Kickoff participant, or have an August 26 orientation date, please attend the Welcome Week check in time designated for these groups. Information about these specific Welcome Week check in times can be found online.
  • Preview the Welcome Week schedule at welcomeweek.umn.edu and check out the Welcome Week handbook online.
  • 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 soon 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 has been assigned according to your move in time—check your assigned time online. Check-In will be held in the Theater of Coffman Memorial Union for all residential students other than Bailey Hall. It is important that you check in for Welcome Week during your assigned time.
  • If you live in Bailey Hall you will be able to check in for Welcome Week in the Bailey Hall lobby on Monday, August 26 at 2:00 p.m. or 3:00 p.m., or Tuesday, August 27 at 9:30 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. Check your assigned time online.
  • If you are a University band or Spirit Squad member, a fall-competing athlete, an international student, a Multicultural Kickoff participant, or have an August 26 orientation date, please attend the Welcome Week check in designated for these groups. Information about these specific Welcome Week check in times can be found online.
  • Welcome Week meals will begin with lunch on Wednesday, August 28. Your campus meal plan begins August 31. You are responsible for meals prior to lunch on August 28. This is a great opportunity to try some of the local restaurants nearby. FlexDine will also be activated prior to the first Welcome Week meal. You can view FlexDine locations online.
  • Take advantage of your time to get settled before Welcome Week begins. You will be busy with activities beginning at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 28.

What To Bring to Welcome Week

  • Click here for a list of items to bring to Welcome Week.
  • You will receive the following when you check in for Welcome Week:
    • Your personal schedule
    • The Welcome Week handbook (unless you opt to receive materials electronically via Guidebook)
    • A water bottle
    • A Welcome Week drawstring bag
    • Your Nametag
    • A Class of 2017 T-shirt

Class of 2017 Facebook Group

Facebook artworkJoin the Class of 2017 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. It will help you plan ahead and know where your busiest weeks will be.


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 additional tips and to find fun, free things to do in the Twin Cities and a chance to win prizes, "like" One Stop on Facebook at facebook.com/livelikeastudent or visit the One Stop website at z.umn.edu/LLAS.


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 more than 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! Learn about joining a Greek organization and registering for formal recruitment! After checking in to Welcome Week, look in your student handbook for information on Greek recruitment activities, beginning Saturday, August 31.

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 face paint 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 Thursday, August 29 vs. UNLV. Also, mark your calendars for two spirit events: Pride and Spirit during Welcome Week and Party on the Plaza September 13.

Health & Wellness

Check Out the Student Health Benefit Plan
The University-sponsored Student Health Benefit Plan (SHBP) through Blue Cross and Blue Shield offers low-cost, comprehensive coverage. Compare the SHBP to your current plan; you might save money and increase your benefits by switching.

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