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Orientation & First-Year Programs (OFYP) April 7, 2015


Summer school housing is available for students taking a minimum of one academic credit. You have an option to either 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 are able to designate their own move-in and move-out dates – within contract terms. More specific information can be found online.

This 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 on campus, refer to the Student Employment website.

All residence halls and apartment communities close at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 16. All current students, except those in 17th Avenue Residence Hall for summer school housing, must be moved out by this time. All apartments close on Sunday, May 31; all students vacating their Spring 2015 contract must be moved out by this date.



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 such as 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 Sessions. If you want to be proactive and check off something important from your to-do list, check out the First Step Session or stop by the Learning Abroad Center to speak to a staff member in person.

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 automatically will 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 2014-2015 FAFSA on file with One Stop Student Services. Summer financial aid awards will begin the second week of May.

Fall 2015 Housing for Returning Students
All students who applied to return to housing for Fall 2015 must pay their $200 contract guarantee by April 15. Failure to submit the $200 guarantee payment will result in the cancellation of your 2015-2016 assignment.

Sick This Summer? Boynton has You Covered
If you paid the spring Student Services Fee, your health coverage at Boynton Health Service extends through the summer as long as you have an active health plan. Visit our East Bank or St. Paul Clinics or re-fill your prescriptions at the Boynton Pharmacy.

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

Health & Wellness

Moving Back Home
For students moving back home for the summer, the 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, 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.

Planning to Travel Abroad?
Schedule a travel consult with the International Travel Clinic at Boynton Health Service. At your consultation, you’ll find the current recommendations based on your destination to minimize your health risks. Call 612-625-3222 for an appointment–at least six months before your trip.

Pet Away Your Worry and Stress (PAWS)
ome de-stress on the East Bank (Wednesdays, 3:00–5:00 p.m.) or St. Paul campus (select Tuesdays, 1:00–3:00 p.m.). PAWS sessions are FREE and feature registered therapy animal teams including dogs and Woodstock the chicken that you can interact with and pet.


Spring Jam 2015
Something New is Coming Spring Jam creates an atmosphere of unity through music. It is a festival to celebrate University students, the community, the change of seasons, and the end of the school year. Enjoy live music, good food, and quality entertainment. Spring Jam will be April 25, with a promotional warm up concert on April 17. Follow Student Unions & Activities on Facebook and Twitter to get more exclusive info and stay up-to-date on who will be performing.

Minnesota Student Association Elections
Voting for the all-campus president/vice-president elections begins April 15 at 8:00 a.m. and ends April 17 at 8 p.m. at Students can vote for one joint ticket of MSA president and vice president, 20 at-large representatives, and student senator(s) from their college. There will be a debate for MSA presidential and vice-presidential candidates at 6:30 p.m. April 8 in Coffman Theater. The Facebook event can be found here.

Orientation & First-Year Programs