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Orientation & Transition ExperiencesMarch 21, 2018

Hello Gophers!

Can you believe in about two months you will have finished your first year at the U? We can’t either! Here are some resources to make the most of as you head into the home stretch of the school year. Feel free to reference the 2017-18 Gold Book.


Take the SERU Survey
The Student Experience in the Research University (SERU) survey is a comprehensive survey administered to all degree-seeking undergraduates at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. The goal of the survey is to provide the University with unique insights on the student experience and allow it to make statistically significant improvements. In addition, students who take the SERU will automatically earn numerous discounts and coupons and will be entered into a drawing to win additional prizes. The SERU closes June 1, so make your voice heard and take it today!

Thank Your Professors/Teaching Assistants/etc.
Center for Educational Innovation (CEI) has a program called “Thank a Teacher” project. It is a way for students to send thank you notes to instructors who have made a difference in their learning. Express your gratitude and let your professor or TA know that you are thankful for them! You can also choose to remain anonymous. Click this link to submit a thank you note.


Still looking for off-campus housing for next fall?
Check out the Spring Off-Campus Housing Fair, April 5, 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., in Coffman Memorial Union–Great Hall. It's a great chance to meet with people from prospective properties that still have vacancies and get advice from Off-Campus Living and Student Legal Services. Sponsored by Housing & Residential Life and RentCollegePads. More info at

Summer Internships Resources Gold Book p.39
Looking for something to do over the summer? Be sure to check out these resources below to help you begin your search.

Make Real World Impact with an Acara Fall 2018 course
Don't miss an incredible opportunity to work with renowned faculty while working on multidisciplinary teams to develop innovative solutions to address either global health issues (GCC 3003/5003: Seeking Solutions to Global Health Issues) or water, energy, food/agriculture, health, and livelihood challenges (GCC 3005/5005) in India, Uganda, and/or Nicaragua (GCC 3005/5005: Global Venture Design: What Impact Will You Make?). If you come up with an idea that you are excited about, you will be eligible to compete for $5,000 in fellowship funding to pilot your idea!

Both courses are 3 credits, open to undergraduate and graduate students from all academic disciplines, and meet the Global Perspectives Liberal Education (LE) theme.


Center for Community-Engaged Learning (CCEL)
The CCEL works with partners to provide opportunities for students to engage in off-campus experiential learning through community work and place-based educational programs. Whether academically based or co-curricular, these experiences complement classroom learning, foster personal, professional, and civic development, and allow students to work with others to enhance the well-being of our communities.

Visit the CCEL to find out about these opportunities:

  • Community engaged courses;
  • Making an ongoing commitment to volunteer in one of 300 community partner organizations in the Twin Cites;
  • The Community Engagement Scholars Program, CESP, an honors-type recognition program for undergraduate students committed to being involved in communities beyond the University;
  • Unique off-campus study and immersive experiential learning opportunities focused on social justice issues available through a HECUA program;
  • National Student Exchange, a program where students can explore a new place by studying away for a semester or an academic year at one of NSE’s 200 member institutions throughout the United States, Canada, and U.S. territories including Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Learning Abroad Gold Book p.83
The Learning Abroad Center offers over 300 meaningful learning abroad programs in 80 countries. Take advantage of the center’s full range of advising and support services including program selection, academic planning, financial planning, registration, cultural adjustment, and re-entry. We can help you earn credits, fulfill liberal education requirements, and apply for financial aid.

Explore the enchanting streets of Morocco's cultural capital, improve your Spanish in Mexico, study at a prestigious university in South Korea, integrate into French culture just miles from the Mediterranean, and more. It's never too early to study abroad: Visit us in 230 Heller Hall or at

Orientation & Transition Experiences