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Orientation & First-Year Programs (OFYP) January 20, 2015


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 January 31. If you still need financial aid for this semester, contact One Stop for assistance.

On-campus housing for 2015-2016 will be available January 27 for returning students!
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.



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

Disability Accommodations for Spring 2015
Have you set up your academic accommodations through Disability Resource Center (DRC) yet? DRC 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 DRC website or call 612-626-1333.

Get Personal Academic Assistance Training
Start the spring semester out on the right foot! 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 Student Academic Success 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 190 schools in the U.S. and Canada, as well as Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. You'll pay U of M tuition and earn credits toward your degree. The preferred application deadline for the 2015/2016 school year is February 18. 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 around the world. Check out your options.


kick it ticket imageLearn About Campus, Win Great Prizes... Participate in Kick It!
The spring semester Kick It! program has begun. Participate in this six-week program to 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.

2015 Spring Activities Fair
The Activities Fair showcases hundreds of student groups and involvement opportunities. The Spring Activities Fair will be Feb. 3 from 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. in Coffman Union 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 2019! Applications for the Welcome Week Leader 2015 position are available online until February 18.

Campus Climate Open Space Event
On Feb. 5 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. in Coffman Union, Great Hall, the Campus Climate Open Space Event will focus on taking action toward a collective goal of creating and fostering a campus climate where all people are treated with respect on their path to success. For more information, click here.


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, go to 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.

On-Campus Summer School Housing is available for Summer 2015
Are you planning on taking summer classes, or working on campus this summer? Need a place to live? Visit the Housing & Residential Life website to complete the Summer 2015 housing application.

Health & Wellness

Take Free yoga, tai chi, or Pilates classes
Boynton Health Service offers free stress management classes – including yoga, tai chi, and Pilates. Registration is not required, and beginners are welcome! Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Visit to view the spring schedule.

Learn about sexual health, and win prizes during Safer Sex Week
Learn how to be smarter, healthier, and safer about sex Feb. 2–6. Daily campus events include free galactic bowling, movie, and trivia nights. Plus watch for clues and find the Golden Condom. Check out the FREE Safer Sex Week events and prizes.

Orientation & First-Year Programs