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Orientation & First-Year Programs (OFYP) January 18, 2017

Get Ready for Spring Semester!

We hope you had a rejuvenating break and were able to spend time doing whatever charges you up. Whether you traveled, relaxed, worked, or studied, we hope that you now are ready to make the most of your next semester!

After being away from your typical routine, it might take some time to settle back in. As you do, it might be good to challenge yourself by trying something new. Read on for a few ideas that might inspire you!


Ready to Rewind?
Do you want to meet more people? Make sense of your first year? Help other new students have a smooth transition to the U? Apply to join Rewind! Rewind is a program designed for you to look 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. Questions? Email

Apply now to be a Welcome Week Leader!
Are you interested in getting involved and making a difference on campus? Apply to be a 2017 Welcome Week Leader! Develop valuable leadership skills, gain more than 100 volunteer hours, and help create a seamless transition to the University for the Class of 2021. Information about the WWL position and application can be found here. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, February 15.

Major/Minor Expo – February 8!
Your first year is a great time to explore and learn more about the more than 140 majors and more than 130 minors offered at the U! Meet with departments from all undergraduate colleges to learn about majors and minors and take the first step toward declaring. No registration required! See website for more details.

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. 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!


The SMART Learning Commons has a variety of services to help you feel welcome and make the most of your time at the U. Here are some of the things you can do at SMART’s three locations:

  • Meet with a tutor. Trained consultants with specializations in over 200 courses will meet with you on a drop-in basis or by appointment.
  • Study with classmates. PAL sessions are a great way to meet other students from your class and get extra practice with problems and concepts from the week's lectures.
  • Get research assistance. Trained research consultants help you locate and evaluate sources for your research paper and more.
  • Put together a video. SMART has equipment such as cameras and tripods available to borrow, software for editing, and trained consultants to work with you.

There’s even more! Explore the possibilities at

Orientation & First-Year Programs