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Orientation & First-Year Programs (OFYP) January 21, 2014


Review Your Syllabi
Take a look at all of your class syllabi. Make note of any important dates and write them in your Gopher Guide as a reminder.

Safety Reminders
With the start of the semester, be sure to review the University’s safety and security tips to brush up on reminders for fostering a safer climate on and near campus.

Plan Out Your Finances
Your first tuition payment is due Feb. 19. If you still need financial aid for this semester, contact One Stop for assistance.

Fall Residence Hall Applications
If you plan on living in an on-campus apartment or residence hall next fall, take some time and review the deadlines at the Housing and Residential Life website to ensure you receive on-campus housing for fall semester.



Buy Your Books at U of M Bookstores
Purchase your books at U of M Bookstores to guarantee the correct text, free in store pick up, competitive savings, and easy returns. U of M Bookstores offer rental, new, used, and digital textbooks. If you need a planner, Gopher Guides are available for purchase exclusively at the Bookstore, too. Click here to check which books you need for your courses this semester.

Disability Accommodations For Spring 2014
Have you set up your academic accommodations through Disability Services (DS) yet? DS serves students with a variety of conditions including mental health, attention and learning, mobility, medical conditions, vision, hearing, and brain injury. For additional information check the DS website or call 612-626-1333.

Get Personal Academic Assistance Training
Start out on the right foot this semester! Most students find the academic demands of the U very challenging, even students who had excellent high school grades. Student Academic Success Services (SASS) helps students bring their academic abilities up to a University level of competence. Any student can get personalized academic assistance by contacting University Counseling & Consulting Services.

Study Away in the USA (and Canada) through National Student Exchange!
Through National Student Exchange (NSE), you can study at another school for a semester, summer, or year! Choose from nearly 200 schools in the US and Canada, as well as Puerto Rico, Guam, and the US Virgin Islands. You'll pay U of M tuition and earn credits towards your degree! The preferred application deadline for the 2014/2015 school year is Feb. 14. More information is available here.

It’s Time to Start Planning Your Summer Abroad
As the winter drags on, take time to plan for an enriching summer abroad. It won't disrupt your four-year plan and the Learning Abroad Center has options all around the world. Check out your options.


Learn About Campus, Win Great Prizes... Participate in Kick It!
The spring semester Kick It! program has begun. Participate in this six-week program where you can learn about everything campus has to offer from the comfort of your own computer. Hundreds of prizes are given out each week! Log on to the myU Portal and click on the Kick It! icon.

2014 Spring Activities Fair
The Activities Fair showcases hundreds of student groups and involvement opportunities. The Spring Activities Fair will be Feb. 4 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in Coffman Great Hall.

Start The Semester Off Right: Engagement Opportunities Can Help!
It is a new semester with new opportunities for you to get involved on campus and in the community. Every day a collection of engagement opportunities are found, posted, and shared on the Engage UMN social media venues, including Facebook and Twitter. You can also check out the Engage Search.

Welcome Week Leader Applications Available!
If you are looking for additional leadership opportunities, or if you simply had a great time at Welcome Week, apply to become a leader and help welcome the Class of 2018! Applications for the Welcome Week Leader 2014 position are available online until Feb. 12.


Apply For Scholarships
Now is a great time to search for scholarships for the current and upcoming terms. Go to the University’s Scholarship Search to view an individualized list of scholarships for which you may be able to apply. Be sure to check your matches throughout the year.

Find a Job On Campus
Short on cash? Work on campus! Look for a part time job on campus that works with your class schedule. For more information, to view available jobs, or to fill out an application, you can get started at the Office of Human Resources website. For help with your resume or interview skills, contact your college’s career center.

Prepare For Tax Season
Get your tax information ready. If you worked on campus you should be getting a W-2 in the mail by the end of January. If you are eligible to receive a 1098T form for education tax credits or deductions, you will receive it in the mail by the end of January.

Health & Wellness

Health Care On-Campus
All University of Minnesota students are welcome to use Boynton Health Services. Students who pay the Student Services Fee and have active health plan coverage receive most services at Boynton Health Service at no out-of-pocket cost or at a reduced cost. For minor illnesses, stop by the Gopher Quick Clinic’s location on St. Paul or East Bank campus for walk-in service.

Off Campus Housing 101 - Renter's Forums
Thinking of renting an apartment? Know what your rights and responsibilities are BEFORE you sign a lease. Renter’s Forums will address issues and concerns student renters must be aware of before they rent, including community involvement, obligations, and responsibilities in neighborhood housing. The workshops are at the following times and locations:

Monday, Jan. 27: Bailey Hall Upper Lobby (7 p.m.)
Tuesday, Jan. 28: Centennial Hall, C-125 Conference Room (7 p.m.)
Wednesday Jan. 29: Middlebrook Hall, 102 Terrace (7 p.m.)
Monday, Feb. 3: Comstock Hall, Ballroom (7 p.m.)
Tuesday, Feb. 4: Sanford Hall, Room 153 (7 p.m.)
Wednesday, Feb. 5: Frontier Hall, N200 Main Lounge (7 p.m.)
Tuesday, Feb. 11: 17th Avenue Hall (7 p.m.)

University Student Legal Services also encourages all students who plan to move off-campus to make an appointment to review their lease before signing.

Orientation & First-Year Programs