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Your Academics

Help With Finals
While preparing for finals, don't forget that University Counseling & Consulting Services offers academic resources to help you succeed. You can also check out the self-help section for podcasts, handouts, and other resources available.

Feeling the stress of finals? Disability Services provides accommodation assistance for students with a variety of disability conditions (e.g., mental health, attention based, learning, vision, hearing, and physical). You can connect with confidential services at

Find a service-learning course to take Spring 2010
As you begin to figure out your classes for the upcoming semester, consider taking a service-learning course where you can earn credit for a course while doing volunteer work related to the course subject matter. The Community Service-Learning Center coordinates the only listing of service-learning courses offered by faculty on campus.

Technology help at OIT Tech Stop
Technology help is your first point of contact for computer, Internet, and campus telephone support. Walk-in help for these and many other technology issues is available at the Office of Information Technology's Tech Stop in Coffman Union.

Online life just got easier
Discover Google Apps for the University of Minnesota! The Office of Information Technology has partnered with Google to bring you Gmail and other collaborative Google Apps.

Your Health & Wellness

Tips for Surviving Winter Break
Excited about heading home for a month after your first semester at the U, but worried at the same time?  Check out these suggestions from University Counseling & Consulting Services to make your transition back home a seamless one!

Cough or cold? Check out Gopher Quick Clinic!
Walk-in care for minor health concerns at Gopher Quick Clinic. No appointment necessary. Three locations: Boynton Health Service Minneapolis Clinic, Boynton Health Service St. Paul Clinic, and Coffman Memorial Union.

Should you be tested for HIV?
World AIDS Day was December 1. Boynton Health Service offers confidential HIV testing. Check out the HIV Testing web page to see if you should be tested.

Tai Chi, Yoga, and Pilates for Stress Management
Need a break from studying? Boynton offers FREE Tai Chi, Yoga, and Pilates classes for stress management. Beginners welcome!

Your Finances

Last Chance to Pay Your Fall 2009 Tuition Bill
If you still have a remaining balance on your fall 2009 bill, be sure to pay no later than December 23rd to prevent the cancellation of your spring 2010 classes.  

2010-2011 FAFSA Available January 1st
It’s time to start thinking of filling out your FAFSA for the next school year.  The application will be available beginning January 1st so fill it out as soon as possible before the April 1st priority deadline. You can fill out your FAFSA at:

Making a List, Checking It Twice.
Winter break is the perfect time to start looking for 2010 scholarships! Use the University of Minnesota Undergraduate Scholarship Search, which matches University scholarships with your student profile to give you:

  • A list of scholarships for which you may be eligible to apply
  • Brief scholarship descriptions
  • Links to where you can learn more

Start your scholarship list today at:
If you need help understanding your bill or finding for other financial aid resources please visit a One Stop counselor or go to:

Your Engagement

Welcome Week Leader Applications Available
If you are looking for additional leadership opportunities, or if you simply had a great time at your Welcome Week, apply to become a leader and help welcome the Class of 2014 to the University of Minnesota! Applications for the 2010 Welcome Week Leader position are available beginning December 14.

Late Night Breakfast
The Late Night Breakfast is a fun event for residence hall and on-campus apartment students as they begin Finals Week. * The event is comprised of a breakfast menu served by university staff & faculty, prize drawings, and games. This event is a fun social outlet during a stressful time.

The event will be held on *Wednesday, December 16th from 9:00pm -11:00pm* at four of the Residential Restaurant locations: Bailey, Middlebrook, Sanford, and Centennial.

WAMplified! Featuring Mates of State, December 12
Music is at the center of WAMplified!, a new late-night series at WAM. WAMplified! Presents a live performance by a band or musician with a connection to a major exhibition at the museum. For information on this event and others visit the Weisman Art Museum website.

Relax Before Finals at Gophers After Dark
Enjoy the last weekend of Gophers After Dark before finals! Friday night at the St. Paul Student Center will feature comedian Tracy Ashley and one free bowling game at the Gopher Spot. It's "Around the World" at Coffman Union on Friday night, where student groups will be playing music, having food samples, and playing games from regions across the globe. Finally, relax Saturday night at Coffman Union while you make a finals survival kit and holiday cards. See you at Gophers After Dark!

Start Thinking About May Learning Abroad Trips
As soon as the semester ends, take off on a faculty-led Global Seminars, which allow you to complete 3 credits of study in 3 weeks during May. Choose from options in Italy, China, the Netherlands, Argentina, the United Arab Emirates, England, New Zealand, and more.

Campus Housing during Winter Break
All students living in campus housing will be receiving information about their building's end of the semester closing procedures in their residence hall newsletter. If you have registered to stay on-campus during winter break you will receive additional information. If you have questions after receiving the information please check the Housing & Residential Life website, stop by your hall business office, or talk to your Community Advisor for more details.


Orientation & First-Year Programs


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