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Orientation & First-Year Programs (OFYP) December 3, 2014


Last Chance to Pay Your Fall 2014 Tuition Bill
If you still have a past due balance on your Fall 2014 bill, be sure to pay it no later than Saturday, December 6 to prevent the cancellation of your spring 2015 classes.

Plan Your Winter Break Travel
The semester is nearly over, so it is time to start planning for Winter Break. Start looking for airfare if you will be traveling a long distance. Take care of your travel plans now to avoid added stress during finals.

Check Your Finals Schedule
The last day of fall semester classes is Wednesday, December 10. Finals begin Friday, December 12. Check here for the final exam schedule.

Registration for Classes
Spring semester registration began November 11. You received an email alerting you of your registration date and time. Click here to double check your registration time. Utilize One Stop resources such as the registration tutorial and a schedule builder in addition to communicating with your academic adviser.



Occupy the Libraries – Open 24/7 the Last Week of Classes and During Finals
Need a distraction-free study space? A group study space? Walter and Bio-Med Libraries (East Bank) are open 24 hours a day December 3-17, and Wilson Library (West Bank) is open 24 hours a day December 11-17. Magrath Library (St. Paul) has extended hours (until 2:00 a.m.). Learn more here.

Exam Jam is here!!
Prepare for finals by connecting with other students for tutoring, review workshops, and more! The Exam Jam schedule for the week of Dec 6-11, including special Saturday events, is available at the Golden Gopher Workshop Database.

Disability Accommodations During Finals
Are you wondering about receiving testing accommodations for your disability during finals? When appropriate, the Disability Resource Center provides testing accommodations for students who are registered with their office. For additional information contact Disability Resource Center. or 612-626-1333.

Help With Finals
While preparing for finals, don't forget that University Counseling & Consulting Services offers academic resources to help you succeed. Check out the self-help section for podcasts, handouts, and other resources on effective study skills.

Wondering When You’ll See Your Fall Grades Posted?
Final grades should be submitted no later than three business days following the date of the scheduled final examination (whether or not there is actually a final examination given). If you have questions about a missing grade, please contact your professor. View your grades online.

Find an Academic Service-Learning Course to Take Spring 2015
Consider registering for a service-learning course next semester. Gain experience in a community group, connect your learning to course goals and objectives through assignments, and earn credit. The Community Service-Learning Center coordinates the list of service-learning courses offered on campus.

Start Thinking About May Term Study Abroad Programs
As soon as spring semester ends, take off on an instructor-led Global Seminar. Earn 3 credits in three weeks during May term. Choose from options across Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the South Pacific.


Need a Place to Study?
Student Unions & Activities has many places to tune out and tune in, or take a little cat nap. Find the best place to study and you can leave for Winter Break feeling like you crushed it! Study Space Finder.

Welcome Week Leader Applications Available Soon
If you are looking for leadership opportunities or if you simply had a great time at your Welcome Week, apply to become a leader and help welcome the Class of 2019! Applications for the 2015 Welcome Week Leader position will be available January 20, 2015.

Looking for Something to do Over Winter Break? is a library of online technology training videos that provides access to approximately 2,250 courses for all skill levels in more than 150 specialties including 3D animation, design, photography, video, and web design. It’s free for University of Minnesota students. Log into with your University Internet ID and password to access training videos 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Taking Time to Reflect on Your Strengths
Reflection is an important part of college; thinking about experiences related to academics, work, relationships, or being involved on or off campus helps you better understand who you are and how you operate in relation to others in our community. Take a minute to think about how you used your Strengths this semester. Then check out these videos or come in and talk with a Student Strengths & Engagement Coach to get ideas for how you can apply them next semester.

Respect AND Pizza
If you attended the Respect U event during Welcome Week, we want your feedback! Attend a focus group, enjoy FREE pizza, and share your thoughts. Next Friday, December 12 from noon-1 p.m. in 324 Coffman Union. If this works for your schedule and you are able to attend, click here to RSVP and/or give your feedback now.


Making a List, Checking It Twice... Your Winter Scholarship Search
Winter Break is the perfect time to start looking for 2015 scholarships! Use the University of Minnesota Undergraduate Scholarship Search. It includes a list of scholarships for which you may be eligible to apply, brief scholarship descriptions, and links to where you can learn more. Also, now is a great time to think about on-campus employment for the spring semester. Click here to explore job postings.

Health & Wellness

Tips for Surviving Winter Break
Excited about heading home for a month after your first semester at the U, but worried at the same time? Check out these tips to make your transition back home a seamless one. You can also speak with a UCCS counselor about your concerns.

On-Campus Housing During Winter Break
Students living in on-campus housing will receive information about their building's end of the semester closing procedures through the Housing & Residential Life Winter Break Closing email, which will be emailed to your student email account. If you need to stay on campus during Winter Break you must register or sign up in order to stay. Once you have registered you will receive additional information. If you have questions or need additional details, check the Housing & Residential Life website or email your hall's email account listed on your hall's website.

Returning Students On-Campus Housing for 2015-2016
On-campus housing is available for the 2015-2016 year, and application procedures will be available online January 27. Visit the Housing & Residential Life website to complete your intent to return form.

Cough or Cold?
Visit Gopher Quick Clinic Get care for minor health concerns at Gopher Quick Clinic (GQC) within Boynton Health Service. At Boynton’s East Bank Clinic, just drop by. Call 612-624-7700 for an appointment at Boynton’s St. Paul Clinic. Not sure if you should be seen at GQC? Call the Medical Information Nurse at 612-625-7900.

Should You Get an HIV Test?
Yes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention which recommends people ages 13 to 64 be tested routinely. December 1 was World Aids Day - but Boynton Health Service offers confidential HIV testing and counseling year-round. Call 612-625-3222 for an appointment.

Orientation & First-Year Programs