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Orientation & First-Year Programs (OFYP) January 14, 2016

Get ready for spring semester!

We hope that you had a rejuvenating break filled of whatever charges you up. Whether you spent your break traveling, relaxing, working, or studying, we hope that you are ready to make the most of your next semester!

Before you jump back into your school routine, here are some questions for you to consider. Answering them will help you make the most of spring semester:

  • What is one thing from the fall semester that you are proud of? What do you hope to be proud of this spring semester?
  • How do you want your spring semester to be different from your fall semester? How will you make that happen?
  • What is one thing you’ve been curious to try/explore/pursue/etc.? How can you take one step to make that happen?

Ready to Rewind?

Want to further explore the above questions? Do you want to meet more people? Make sense of your first year? Help other new students have a smooth transition to the U? Check out Rewind! Rewind is a new program designed for you to rewind back through your first semester and share your stories through conversations, pictures, community, and social media. You will work with peers to capture the first-year experience at the U and share it with incoming students to help them in their transition. Questions? Email

First-Year Free Ticket at Northrop

Don’t forget! As a first-year student, you get one FREE ticket to any of the Dance Season performances at Northrop. It's easy: Just go to the box office and tell them you're a first-year student, and you can reserve your ticket at any time.

Undergraduate Roommate Finder

Don't know who you are going to live with next year? Finding your college roommate just got a whole lot easier! Off-Campus Living has launched the UMN Undergraduate Roommate Finder. This free service allows you to search for other UMN students looking for roommates. Check it out today!

National Student Exchange (NSE)

Do something different next year! Exchange to another school in the U.S., Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico, or the U.S. Virgin Islands for a summer, semester, or year! Most NSE students pay U of M tuition, receive financial aid, and all students will earn credits toward their degree! For more information, email, call 612-626-2044, or visit 240 Appleby Hall. The preferred application deadline for the 2016/2017 academic year is February 19. Don’t delay!

One-Credit Online PUBH Courses

With one semester under your belt, empower yourself to live a more balanced life – physically, mentally, socially, and academically – from the comfort of your sofa! These courses are designed to help students adjust to the challenges, stressors, and pressures of college. Full and half-term options are available!

Orientation & First-Year Programs