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Orientation & First-Year Programs (OFYP) April 13, 2016

%%First Name%%: Take a moment to give yourself a pat on the back! You are in the home stretch of completing your first year of college! While it can be very exciting to think ahead to summer break, it is important to remember that this home stretch is still a critical part of your experience. Here are a few tips that can help you through these last couple weeks and help you prepare you for your second year at the U of M.

Before your semester is done you should...


Registration is just around the corner! To help you prepare, read some helpful tips from junior Maurea Kiyoi who is majoring in Sociology of Law, Criminology and Deviance with a minor in Anthropology.

  • Plan out your schedule beforehand, and make note of the class numbers.
  • Make a backup schedule, or two, just in case, and also make note of those class numbers.
  • Read the class descriptions so you know what will be expected of you.
  • Pay attention to what buildings the classes will be in, and how much time there is between your classes.
  • If a class has both a lecture and lab/discussion section, keep in mind that you will have to register separately for the lecture session and the lab/discussion section, so write down both class numbers.
  • Talk to your advisor if you are unsure about what classes to take, or if you need further advice on registration/planning for your future semesters at the U of M.


Finals are coming up soon. Here are some tips.

  • Write down all your final exams/projects, and start making a preparation schedule.
  • Try your best not to leave all studying/planning for the night before.
  • Studying is important, but breaks are too! Make room in your schedule to give your brain and body a break.
  • Try your best to not sacrifice sleep for studying.
  • Ask your classmates to form study groups.
  • Visit your professor during office hours to make sure you understand the material.

Sooner rather than later you should...


If you’re living on campus next year, you should already be signed up and have no other steps to take at this time!

For those of you living off campus, there are various factors you may want to consider. Here are a few tips to help you have a smooth transition to life off-campus.

  • Visit University Student Legal Services to learn what you should know about signing leases and to learn your rights as a tenant.
  • Get a list of what comes with your apartment (furniture, kitchen appliances, beds, desk, etc.) so you and your roommates (if you have them) know what you will need to bring when you move in.
  • Make a list of what is needed, and decide who is going to bring what before you move in.
  • Be sure to ask your landlord what bills you are responsible for, and how those bills will be paid.
  • Always ask for a copy of your lease if they do not provide one to you.
  • If you are living with roommates, try to get individual leases if you can so that you are not held responsible if someone else misses a rent payment.
  • Still need a roommate? Use the UMN Undergraduate Roommate Finder!


It is never too late to get involved on campus! Think about joining a club, getting involved with some research, or giving back to the Twin Cities. You could even try out to be Goldy the Gopher! Your second year is around the corner; what might you want to try?

Need a break?


Be sure to take a look at the Northrop Dance season schedule because if any event interests you, you can pick up a complimentary first-year ticket for it! Once you find an event you are interested in, go to the box office with your U Card, tell them you are a first-year student and reserve your ticket. Visit this link for more information.


Visit Northrop April 15 for World Art day. Join in for a day of interactive art displays and creative happenings. Then, revel with Dessa, who will talk about art and perform her world-renowned music. Everything is complimentary for UMN students. Visit this link for more information.

Orientation & First-Year Programs