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Orientation & First-Year Programs (OFYP) April 10, 2014


  1. If you have not met with your academic adviser yet to solidify your fall semester course registration, you should make an appointment soon. To make the most of your advising appointment, review One Stop's registration preparation resources.

  2. If you plan on taking May or summer term courses, registration begins Tuesday, April 8. May and summer courses are a good way to get general education courses completed. Talk to your academic adviser about course possibilities that may help you.

  3. Summer school housing is available for students taking a minimum of one academic credit. There is an option to stay a minimum of one week in 17th Avenue Residence Hall (meal plan required) or a minimum of two weeks in University Village, Yudof, or Wilkins apartments. Students can designate their own dates. More specific information can be found here.

  4. Now is a great time to find a summer job or internship. If you have an employer at home, contact them now to arrange your start date. If you are looking for different or more professionally oriented jobs, consider looking on Gold Pass. If you are staying in the Twin Cities this summer and are looking for part-time or seasonal work, refer to the Student Employment website.



End of the Semester Research Paper Help!
Feeling the crunch? We can help! Go to to find scholarly sources, chat with a Librarian 24/7, or to try a citation tool like Zotero, Mendeley or RefWorks. Or visit the Center for Writing’s Student Writing Support program to make an appointment for an in-person or online writing consultation and “quick help” online resources.

Study Abroad Starts With The First Step
Take the first step toward an exciting learning abroad experience. The Learning Abroad Center offers in person and online First Step Meetings to get you started. If you want to be proactive and check off something important from your to-do list, check out the First Step Meeting or stop by the Learning Abroad Center for some personal attention.

SMART Learning Commons
If you are struggling with your courses this semester, take a look at the SMART Learning Commons. Access a wide variety of services including tutoring, assistance with study skills, and group study sessions for specific courses.


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 course work in May session and/or summer term and have a 2013-2014 FAFSA on file with One Stop Student Services. Summer financial aid awards will begin the second week of May.

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 semester. Students will receive an e-mail in July asking you to respond to your financial aid awards for the upcoming school year. Contact One Stop Student Services with financial aid questions.

Financial Counseling
Boynton Health Service and Lutheran Social Service Financial Counseling offer trustworthy financial counseling to help with debt management plans, free budget counseling, and information about credit and consumer protection. Make an appointment now to find ways of saving money this summer!


Spring Jam™ 2014
Celebrate the warm weather and the end of the school year! Spring Jam is a University-wide three-day music festival, April 24-26, featuring live performances, competitions, and a variety of special events. Follow us on Facebook for exclusive news and updates. The full events schedule and details can be found here.

Art of Recycling
Through the involvement of Coca-Cola™, students are invited to participate in the Art of Recycling: Design to Make a Difference, a creative contest that highlights collaboration through the creation of artwork with an environmental message. For a chance to compete and win prizes, entries must be submitted in person by April 18.

Strengths at the U
Swing on by The Office for Student Engagement in STSS 511, and learn how to seek out meaningful experiences and opportunities while using your Strengths! We offer 1-to-1 coaching, online videos, Strengths stories, a student employee leadership program (SELP), and the Engage database. Check our Facebook and Twitter pages to stay up-to-speed on the latest on and off-campus opportunities!

Health & Wellness

Mental Health Awareness Day
Roughly 1 in 4 Americans struggle with mental illness every year, and university students are no exception. It’s time to talk about it — at Mental Health Awareness Day Wednesday, April 23 from 9:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m. (Northrop Plaza). The day will feature keynote speaker UCCS Director Glenn Hirsh, performances by the poetry group USlam activities, and visual displays. Come enjoy this free event and recognize the importance of mental health.

Moving Back Home
For students moving back home for the summer, this transition may be just as important as moving into your first residence hall/apartment. It is important to realize that while you have been away, both you and your family may have changed. Some students find it useful to discuss expectations with their parents/guardians before returning home. The University’s Office for Student Affairs offers a podcast to make the transition home a comfortable experience for the whole family.

Summer Healthcare
Wondering where you can receive health care over the summer? Students who paid the spring Student Services Fee are covered by Boynton Health Service through mid-August. This applies whether you are taking classes on campus or not. You can go to the Boynton Health Service website for more information on your healthcare 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