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Orientation & First-Year Programs (OFYP) August 21, 2017

All about Welcome Week!

Welcome Week (August 30-September 4) is right around the corner! This is an exciting time, and you may have a few unanswered questions. What do I need to bring to Welcome Week? What will my schedule look like that week? What are some tips to make the most of this experience? This email has just what you need to help you prepare for Welcome Week! Make sure to read through this email and explore the many links, too.

What to bring Day 1 of Welcome Week
Wear comfortable shoes and clothes during Welcome Week. There will be A LOT of walking: The U of M is a big campus! Bring your phone and keep it charged to use the U Minnesota app each day (screenshot your personalized schedule from the app to save battery power). Also, have your U Card with you at all times! You won't need anything else! You will get a backpack and water bottle when you check in for Welcome Week.

Parking during Welcome Week
If you will be driving to campus, you can park at no cost in the East River Road Garage (385 East River Rd., Minneapolis, MN 55455). Pick up a parking voucher at Welcome Week Headquarters (Coffman Memorial Union, Room 315) to have the cost waived.

Welcome Week Check-In
Check in for Welcome Week at the Great Hall of Coffman Memorial Union on Wednesday, August 30 from 1:30-2:30 p.m. At Check-In, you will receive your personalized schedule, name tag, a water bottle, and a backpack. Your Welcome Week experience will kick off at 3:00 p.m. right after you check in!

Welcome Week has your meal needs covered. Whether you will dine in residential restaurants or have a meal catered during day-time programming, you won't go hungry. Many meals will be with your Welcome Week group, but some may be on your own. If you need any dietary accommodations, make sure you indicated your request/s in Event Selection.

Welcome Week Schedule
Before you arrive on campus for Welcome Week, download the U Minnesota app and the Class of 2021 guide within the app. In this guide, you can find the Welcome Week schedule, safety resources, and other valuable information. At Check-In, you will receive a printed copy of your personalized schedule, and you will be able to access that from the app as well. Look through the Welcome Week schedule to learn about each event and get excited for the week!

Insider Tips for Making the Most of your Experience
Welcome Week can be a ton of fun and you’ll likely make some great college memories, but it can also be overwhelming. As you navigate Welcome Week:

  • Be ready to be among over 6,000 people. Every Welcome Week event is going to have quite a few people in attendance. Take care of yourself.
  • Be prepared for action-filled days. Wear good shoes, comfortable clothes, and bring water!
  • Accept the fact that you're going to have an awkward moment or two. You're meeting new people and that can be awkward sometimes. Embrace the awkward.
  • Get to know your Welcome Week small group and your Welcome Week Leader. Use your community to find support in your transition to college.

Student Conduct Code
As a new student to the U of M community you should familiarize yourself with the Student Conduct Code. This code outlines expectations you can have of your experience at the University. It applies to academic and non-academic conduct and to a variety of issues such as scholastic dishonesty, sexual misconduct, bullying, theft, responding to alcohol emergencies, etc. You are held to the standards in this code during Welcome Week (at all events, both on and off campus) and through your tenure at the U. Start your experience on the right track by demonstrating appropriate behavior and encouraging the same from your peers. There are excellent resources outlined in the Class of 2021 guide in U Minnesota. Check them out by clicking on the Safe U link.

Gopher Hall
Want to connect with other students living off campus? Join UMN Gopher Hall! Gopher Hall is a virtual community that is exclusive to students living off campus. You will be able to connect with other off-campus students, have access to resources, and learn about program opportunities throughout the year. Find UMN Gopher Hall on Facebook or email to join.

Still have questions about Welcome Week?
Watch for two more emails that highlight key events of Welcome Week and also what students have to say about their Welcome Week experience from last year. If you still have unanswered questions about what to expect during Welcome Week, call or email us! We are here to help you have as smooth of a transition as possible.

Orientation & First-Year Programs