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Orientation & First-Year Programs (OFYP) September 2, 2014


Now that Welcome Week is over we want your feedback!
You should have received an email to your UMN email account with a link to the Welcome Week evaluation. Complete the evaluation by September 19, and you will be entered to win a gift certificate to University of Minnesota Bookstores!

Managing Your Time and Assignments
If time management is one of your goals for the semester, check out the Assignment Calculator on the University of Minnesota Libraries website. If you enter assignment information (e.g., research paper, speech, lab report, video, poster, etc.), the calculator will give you a timeline and necessary steps. You can also sign up for email reminders. This is a great way to plan your time this semester.

Thinking of Adding or Dropping a Class?
If so, consult the cancel/add and refund deadlines. Making changes to your class enrollment can have consequences on your financial aid and/or degree progress. Talk with your academic adviser before you change your enrollment. For more information about the impact on your financial aid, contact a One Stop counselor.



Do You Still Need Classroom Accommodations for Fall Semester?
Are you wondering how to arrange disability accommodations including assistance in the classroom setting, course materials, and mobility needs? If so, please visit the Disability Resource Center website.

Technology Help on Campus
The Office of Information Technology Tech Stop walk-in centers offer face-to-face technology consultations, support, and training. They are on the East Bank, West Bank, and St. Paul campus. Hours and contact information are available online.

Learning Abroad
It is never too early to start planning a time when you can go abroad and complement your studies at the University of Minnesota. Visit the Learning Abroad Fair Sept. 17 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. West Bank Plaza.


Wondering When and How to Pay Your Bill?
The fall 2014 billing notification was sent to your University e-mail account Aug. 1 and is due Sept. 13. Review all due dates and payment methods on the One Stop website.

Sign up for Direct Deposit
If you plan to work on campus, receive financial aid, or if the University ever needs to refund a credit balance, you must sign up for direct deposit. Direct deposit is a safe, easy way to have funds automatically transferred into your checking or savings account.


Learn About Campus, Win Great Prizes ... Participate in Kick It!
The fall semester Kick It! program has begun. Participate in this six-week program from the comfort of your own computer and learn about everything the campus has to offer! Hundreds of prizes will be given out every week! Log on to the MyU portal and click on the Kick It! icon.

Find Out About Opportunities to Volunteer in the Twin Cities
As you are getting settled in your new routine on campus, explore opportunities to get involved in the Twin Cities community. Attend the Community Involvement Fair at Coffman Union’s Great Hall Tuesday, Sept. 16 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This event brings more than 85 local organizations to campus (some of which you may have seen during Welcome Week) to promote opportunities that are engaging to students and can also complement your studies and interests.

Get Involved in a Student Group!
Activities Fairs showcase groups and other involvement opportunities to connect and make change on campus. The fall activities fairs will be held Sept. 9 in Coffman Union and Sept. 23 in the St. Paul Student Center from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. You can see more information on these and other events online.

Party on the Plaza
Join in the ultimate Gopher Pep Fest at Party on the Plaza Sept. 5 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The event will feature speeches from people who work in Gopher Athletics. Enjoy food, prize drawings, and a photo booth. Get pumped up for a great year with Gopher sports!

It's Gopher Football Time!
Have a happy first day of school and an even happier first football game! Click here to purchase football tickets and cheer on your Gophers in the TCF Bank Stadium student section!

Health & Wellness

Roommate Relationships
Whether you and your roommate are best friends or complete strangers, having a positive roommate relationship takes work. Your roommate can be a great partner in helping you succeed at the U. Given the importance of a successful roommate relationship, Housing & Residential Life has created a helpful tool called the Roommate Success Plan (RSP) to help set you both up for success. Your Community Advisor (CA) will be sharing the RSP with you soon. If you need any help with your roommate relationship throughout the year talk with your CA, who will be a great resource.

Recreation and Wellness
Getting regular exercise can keep you mentally and physically sharp and help with the transition to college. Recreation and Wellness facilities are on the East Bank and St. Paul campuses. You can join an intramural team, a competitive sport club, challenge yourself with indoor climbing, or simply work out on your own. See the RecWell website for more information.

Campus Counseling Services
If you need help transitioning into college life, and navigating challenges such as academic stress, financial pressures, conflict with parents, anxiety, and depression counselors are available to help at University Counseling & Consulting Services. Call 612-624-3323 for information.

Visit the U’s Boynton Health Service
Enjoy the convenience of a full-service health clinic right on campus. Boynton Health Service offers students both primary and urgent care, mental health, nutrition and physical therapy services — and more. Get your prescriptions filled in less than 20 minutes at Boynton’s Pharmacy. Visit the Eye Clinic or Dental Clinic. Or manage your stress with free yoga, tai chi, or Pilates classes. Students with health insurance who pay the Student Services Fee receive most services at no or reduced cost. Check out the clinics on the East Bank and St. Paul campuses.

Orientation & First-Year Programs