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Orientation & First-Year Programs (OFYP) July 21, 2016

Welcome to the Class of 2020 eNewsletter

Hello! Orientation & First-Year Programs would like to welcome you to the Class of 2020 eNewsletter! You will receive this newsletter once a month throughout the school year. It will highlight items you should complete, helpful resources for your life at the University of Minnesota, and office spotlights!

Many of the items listed in this issue are also on your New Student Checklist so be sure to look at that again, especially if you have not scheduled a date to attend New Student Orientation. You can go here to review your New Student Checklist.


Complete Welcome Week Event Selection
You are now able to select your Welcome Week events through Event Selection! These events are designed to help you meet other first-year students, navigate campus, and begin to settle into the U. Once you complete this event selection you will receive a confirmation email (to your U of M Internet account) with details about your arrival on campus. You will receive your personal schedule when you check in for Welcome Week at the end of August.

Start here to complete the Welcome Week Event Selection

Important note: You have until August 24 to adjust your selections. After that, no adjustments can be made to your selections. If you have questions about what you selected, ask your Welcome Week Leaders when you meet them at your first small group meeting on Wednesday August 31. If you experience technical difficulties with the Welcome Week Event Selection, please contact OFYP during regular office hours.

Complete AlcoholEdu, Transit, and Haven
These three required online courses have been designed to help you think about making healthy decisions regarding your safety and finances throughout your college career. You will receive an email with instructions for completing the courses at the beginning of August.

Purchase your textbooks
Visit the University of Minnesota Bookstore website to purchase your textbooks. The Bookstore offers competitive prices and has convenient locations right on campus!

Connect online
Join the Class of 2020 Facebook group! Follow #UMN20 on Twitter and UMN20 on Snapchat. These are great ways to connect with other first-year students who are going through similar transitions!

Get Ready for Welcome Week!
Whether you have already been to orientation or will be attending orientation in August, check out this mailer to learn more about what Welcome Week is and what you will gain from your experience.


Disability Resource Center
If you have a disability and would like to discuss accommodations, contact the Disability Resource Center as soon as possible. You can call 612-626-1333 (voice and TTY) or email Note: Some accommodations may take a few weeks to arrange.

Gold Book is online
Get familiar with the resources outlined in Gold Book to ensure a smooth transition. This publication, which you received at New Student Orientation, is now available online. (You will receive a printed publication if you have yet to attend Orientation). Specifically, check out pages 90-95 to help you prepare for your transition to the U of M!


Orientation & First-Year Programs (OFYP) is an office dedicated to help all first-year students transition through their orientation and their first year at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Our goal is to help provide experiences that will promote personal and academic success. Take some time to browse the website for more information the programs we provide. You will find:

  • Information about Orientation and Welcome Week (for both students and parents).
  • Descriptions of first-year programs designed to help with your transition through the school year.
  • New leadership opportunities provided by OFYP.

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