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Orientation & First-Year Programs (OFYP) August 12, 2014

Welcome to the Class of 2018 eNewsletter!

This eNewsletter provides information needed to explore opportunities and resources around campus. You will receive this newsletter once a month throughout the school year from Orientation & First-Year Programs. 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 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


Select your Orientation Date
Time is running out to attend Orientation, if you have not already. There are only three more Orientation programs remaining, August 20-21, August 21-22, or August 25-26. Please complete your New Student Checklist to select 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 that 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.

Welcome Week Event Selection Due Friday, August 15
Some events at Welcome Week are required of all students, but you can personalize your schedule with the Welcome Week Event Selection. If you have not done so already, access Event Selection through MyU or by clicking here.

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 learn how to apply those talents as you connect with others on campus, in your academics, career, experiences, and daily life.

Once You Complete StrengthsFinder

  • Check out your Signature Theme Report and Strengths Insight and Action-Planning Guide online. 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: Learn more about Strengths before getting to campus!
  • Post your Top 5 on the Class of 2018 Facebook page and follow Strengths at the U on Twitter: @UMN_Strength.
  • If you need assistance accessing the StrengthsFinder assessment or have lost your personal code please contact

Complete AlcoholEdu, Transit, and Haven

  • Complete three online courses: AlcoholEdu, Transit, and Haven before coming to campus. Check the UMN email you received from Boynton Health Service on July 29.

Go Mobile with U Minnesota

  • If you downloaded the U Minnesota app for Orientation, the guide will automatically update with Welcome Week information the next time you access it. If you have not yet downloaded the app click here.
  • All information you will need to navigate the program and your personal schedule will be available on the U Minnesota app.


Welcome Week starts August 27!

Off-Campus Students:

  • Check-In is Wednesday, August 27 in the Great Hall of Coffman Memorial Union. Students who live off campus will check in at 2:30 p.m. Click here for additional details. You will receive your personalized Welcome Week schedule and meet your small group for the first time at 4:15 p.m.
  • Preview the Welcome Week schedule here.
  • 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 Leader/s will have your parking coupon.
  • 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), 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 will be held in the Great Hall of Coffman Memorial Union for all residential students, with the exception of Bailey Hall residents.
  • If you live in Bailey Hall you will check in for Welcome Week in the St. Paul Student Center-Cherrywood Room on Tuesday, August 26 or Wednesday, August 27. Check online for specific hours.
  • Welcome Week meals will begin with brunch on Wednesday, August 27. Your campus meal plan begins August 30. Before brunch on August 27 you and your guests can use FlexDine or cash at residential dining facilities. You can view residential dining facility hours online.
  • Take advantage of your time and get settled before Welcome Week begins. You will be busy with activities beginning at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 27.
  • If you have not already done so, contact your roommate and introduce yourself. Look online for some ideas on how to start this conversation.
  • If you are a University band or Spirit Squad member, a fall-competing athlete, or a MCAE Kickoff participant you will check in for Welcome Week with that specific program. Information about Welcome Week check-in times can be found online.

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
    • A water bottle
    • A Welcome Week drawstring bag
    • Your nametag
    • A Class of 2018 T-shirt

Class of 2018 Facebook Group
Join the Class of 2018 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, time for 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!


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 or visit the One Stop website at


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 learn about 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 register for formal recruitment! Greek recruitment activities begin Saturday, August 30.

Who's going to be the loudest class in the TCF Bank Stadium student section?
Gopher Football season is right around the corner. During Welcome Week you will have the opportunity to attend the first Gopher football game for free. Buy your season tickets, get your face paint ready, and say hello to the TCF Bank Stadium student section!

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.

Stay Safe on Campus
The University offers an abundance of information to help you keep safe on campus. Read through the Safe U website to make sure your transition to the campus is a safe one.

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