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Orientation & First-Year Programs (OFYP) November 20, 2017

Hello Gophers!

You’ve made it through your first mid-terms! Congrats! As you register for spring courses and work to finish the semester strong, here are a few announcements to keep in mind.


Spring Semester Registration
Registration is here! To prepare, check your registration time in MyU (under the “Academics” tab) and verify that you don’t have any holds on your account. You can also use One Stop for additional registration support.

During Break, Plan Your Study Abroad
Considering a Freshman Seminar Abroad or another study abroad program? Talk to your parents over Thanksgiving break about your interest in studying abroad. If they have questions or concerns, send them the Learning Abroad Center's way — they love parents! Complete your application by the designated deadline and you'll be studying abroad before you know it.

Opportunity for Connection Video
By now you have had many opportunities to connect with people who are different from you. Your classmates come from more than 140 countries. Some speak different languages and all have lived experiences different than yours. We hope you have seen this video and that it has helped you prepare to interact with others across difference. Tell us what you think!


The Center for Academic Planning & Exploration (CAPE) helps students explore majors, discover interests, and make a plan for the future. CAPE helps undecided students find or change their major, helps students create parallel plans as they apply to competitive major programs, and facilitates the process of exploring majors or transferring between colleges within the U. Go to the top floor of Bruininks Hall to schedule a one-to-one appointment with a CAPE coach, meet with a peer coach, sign up for fun workshops, join the Major Network, and more!

Check out some upcoming opportunities:

  • Major Network – Sign up to be connected with an upperclassman in the majors that interest you to get the student perspective.
  • OUE 2100: Academic Planning and Exploration – Need more structure for your exploration? Sign up for CAPE's 1-credit, seven-week course for spring semester.

Off-Campus Living (Second-year Housing)
Off-Campus Living (OCL) provides opportunities for interaction, integration, and enrichment for off-campus and commuter students. OCL offers resources and programs for students about renting, finding roommates, commuting to campus, and being a good neighbor. Gopher Hall and Commuter Connection are two programs specifically for students living at home and/or commuting from farther away.

Orientation & First-Year Programs