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Orientation & First-Year Programs (OFYP) May 1, 2014


Congratulations on completing your first year at the University of Minnesota!

Many of you will be moving back home for the summer. Stay connected with the friends you made on campus through social media, phone calls, and get-togethers. Remember to take some time this summer to recharge for the 2014-2015 academic year. The second year of college is often a time of more independence. Many second-year students move to apartment-style living, work more hours, and have busier schedules. To guide you through this transition and provide you with resources for dealing with everyday life — including roommates, groceries, finances, and wellbeing topics – the University has created the Second Year Experience website.

This will be the last Class of 2017 Newsletter that you will receive from Orientation & First-Year Programs. Check your email for the Undergraduate Update to keep up-to-date on important University information.


Course Registration
Fall Course Registration began April 10. If you have not registered yet, make sure you prepare to register for your classes by visiting the One Stop website. You are also now able to register for May and Summer courses. This is a great time to meet with your adviser and utilize the Graduation Planner to ensure graduation in four years. Remember, your academic adviser is a helpful resource for your academic planning.

University Housing Move-Out Information
The end of spring semester means that many students will soon be moving out of University housing. Students living on campus have been sent a closing newsletter to their University email account regarding the move-out process. If you haven't yet seen this information or have any questions, please ask your Community Advisor, or inquire at the Business Office of your building.

Create a Summer Savings Plan
Before the semester ends, take some time to figure out how you are going to build your savings this summer to cover needed costs next school year. For helpful hints on budgeting, saving, and 2014-2015 school year costs, visit the One Stop website.



Finals Week
The University's last day of instruction is Friday, May 9. Final exams will be administered May 12-17. Check the full final exam schedule online.

End of the Semester Stress
The end of the semester can be a stressful time of year as you finish projects, writing papers, and studying for exams. Visit the Student Mental Health website to learn about the ins and outs of managing stress. University Counseling & Consulting Services (UCCS) offers services related to academic stress, as well as, counseling for individual learning and academic skills.

Exam Jam is here!
Prepare for finals by connecting with other students for free tutoring and review workshops! Check the Golden Gopher Workshop Database for a schedule of final exam review workshops. Also take advantage of a week of extended tutoring hours, along with Exam Jam Saturday events May 3 (1-5 p.m.) and May 10 (9-1 p.m.). Complete tutor schedules and more details can be found at

Finals Tips for Commuters
Here are some helpful tips from the Commuter Connection to assure your finals week is successful: check your finals schedule now so you can make the appropriate adjustments to your transit schedule, bring extra snacks for studying, get to your tests early, and be aware of how construction and traffic may affect your commute. Stop by Room 204 in Coffman Memorial Union for some healthy snacks during finals week! For transit schedules visit Metro Transit online.


Do You Need Financial Aid for Summer Classes?
You will automatically be considered for all available funding when you register half-time or more for coursework in May session and/or summer term and have a 2013-2014 FAFSA on file with One Stop Student Services.

Fall 2014 Financial Aid
Fill out your 2014-2015 FAFSA online now to make sure you get your financial aid before the start of the fall semester. If you are a returning student, you will receive an e-mail in July asking you to respond to your financial aid awards for the upcoming school year.

Fall 2014 New Billing and Due Dates
Please note that the fall 2014 tuition billing and due dates will occur a bit earlier than last year. You will receive your first bill on Aug. 30; the first billing due date is Sept. 13. Please visit the One Stop website for more information about fall 2014 billing and due dates. This change will bring the University in line with current industry standards and allow billing to be more consistent across all University campuses.

Summer School Housing
Summer school housing is available through Housing & Residential Life. If you are still in need of a place to live this summer while taking classes you can go online for more information.


Your Year... Your Experiences
When students think back on their first year, some of their most memorable experiences often revolve around engagement outside of the classroom. Summer is a great time to evaluate the experiences you had this year and start to strategize how you want to build on your involvement and continue developing skills next year. To jump-start your reflecting, walk-through the First-Year Photo Project exhibit in the Coffman Art Gallery to view photos students have taken to document their freshmen year, and check out the Engage! website to search for involvement opportunities across campus.

Health & Wellness

Moving Back Home
For those of you moving back home for the summer, this transition may be just as important as moving into your first residence hall. While you have been at the U of M, both you and your family may have changed. Some students find it useful to discuss expectations and considerations with their parents/guardians before returning home. The University of Minnesota Parent Program has compiled tips for successful co-residence to make the transition home a comfortable experience for the whole family.

Summer Health Care
Students who paid the spring Student Services Fee who need health care during the summer are covered by Boynton Health Service through Aug. 24, whether you are taking classes on campus or not. You can be seen at either the East Bank or St. Paul clinics. Visit the Boynton Health Service website for more information on your health care coverage.

Traveling Abroad this Summer?
Boynton's International Travel Clinic provides travel consultations, immunizations, International Certificates of Vaccination, and other health-related travel information. Call early for an appointment!

Orientation & First-Year Programs