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The U of M would like you to have a successful transition to college. Below we have outlined some important information for you as you prepare for your arrival to the United States.

Mandatory for New International Transfer Students

STEP ONE: Schedule Your Immigration Document Check
Schedule your Immigration Document Check appointment time online with International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) as soon as possible. You will not be able to register for fall classes until you have completed Document Check. You are required to attend Document Check AT LEAST one day before you attend a Transfer Orientation program. Click here to schedule your document check.

STEP TWO: Select Your Transfer Orientation Date
After you complete your Document Check, you will select a date to attend an on-campus Transfer Orientation program. During this program you will work with an academic advisor to register for your fall classes. Be sure to complete your New Student Checklist prior to attending Transfer Orientation. Access your New Student Checklist at myu.umn.edu.

STEP THREE: Complete Your Online Orientation
New transfer students are required to complete Online Orientation before attending an on-campus Transfer Orientation program. Students who attend Transfer Orientation without completing Online Orientation may not be able to register for fall classes until they do so. If you are unable to complete Online Orientation before you attend Transfer Orientation, you will be able to complete it at a computer lab on campus. Be sure to print the Certificate of Online Orientation verification page and bring it with you to Transfer Orientation. Click here to complete the Online Orientation.

STEP FOUR: Complete the StrengthsFinder Assessment
Many U of M students are successful here because they know what their Strengths are and how to use them. At Transfer Orientation, you can talk to the Transfer Student Ambassadors about their Top 5 Strengths. To find out what your Top 5 Strengths are, click here to request a unique access code to take StrengthsFinder. You should receive a code within 5-7 business days along with instructions for how to take StrengthsFinder.

STEP FIVE: Attend an International Student Orientation Program (ISOP)
The International Student Orientation Program (ISOP) is mandatory for all new international students. ISOP allows international students to become better acquainted with the University of Minnesota, the office of International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS), as well as other international students. During ISOP, students will receive information about living and studying here, as well as valuable information about maintaining their non-immigrant legal status. You must complete Document Check before attending ISOP. At Document Check you will sign up for ISOP. Click here for more information about ISOP.

STEP SIX: Attend the University Transfer Orientation Program
Check-in for Transfer Orientation is on the ground floor of Coffman Memorial Union. For directions and parking information, visit www.ofyp.umn.edu/directions.

After parking in the East River Road Garage, take the elevator to Level 1/Plaza Level. Then follow the signs to Coffman Memorial Union for Transfer Orientation Check-In.

Orientation Schedule

8:00-8:40 a.m. Check-in and Resource Fair
(Check-In is on the ground floor of Coffman Union)
8:40 a.m. University Welcome
9:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
(times vary)
College Meeting, Advising, and Registration
11:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Chat 'n' Chew with Transfer Student Ambassadors
12:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. Campus Tour


What to Bring

  • University Internet ID and memorized password
  • Name of health insurance company and policy number (you may purchase University insurance instead)
  • $6.00 per day for parking
  • Photo ID for U Card
  • Certificate of Online Orientation completion
  • Notebook and pen or pencil
  • Comfortable clothing and shoes
  • Appropriate outdoor attire (you will be walking around campus)
  • Umbrella in case of rain

Gold Book 2014 cover imageGold Book
Gold Book is a resource to assist you in your transition to the University of Minnesota. Please review Gold Book prior to your Transfer Orientation. To view or print a PDF, click here.

Resources for Parents
Will a parent or guest accompany you to Transfer Orientation? If so, parents and guests are encouraged to register in advance for the Parent Orientation program. For more information and directions for registration, click here.

For additional resources to help your parent better understand your transition, visit the Parent Program website at www.umn.edu/parent. Parents can sign up to receive information from the Parent Program by sending their email address to parent@umn.edu. Give this information to your parent!

STEP SEVEN: Register for Transfer Welcome Days (TWD)
Click here to begin. For more information about Transfer Welcome Days, as well as a more complete schedule of events and workshop details, please visit our website.

For more information about Transfer Orientation, click here or email transfer@umn.edu. We look forward to seeing you at Transfer Orientation!

Resources Upon Arrival

Airport Transportation
Boynton Health Service will provide a free bus (the Gopher Chauffeur) to transport international students from the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport to the University of Minnesota campus every hour from Monday, August 11 through Saturday, August 23 from 10:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. Click here to make a reservation. If you need to find other airport transportation options go to www.mspairport.com.

Temporary Housing Available Upon Arrival
The International Reception Center (IRC) is an inexpensive temporary on-campus housing option available to all newly admitted international students from July 15 to August 23. Cost of temporary housing is $23 a night. Reserve a space at www.housing.umn.edu/international/irc or view other temporary housing options at www.housing.umn.edu/international.

Download U Minnesota to Your Mobile Device
U Minnesota is the official mobile app for the University of Minnesota. Use the New Transfer Students guide on the app to get Transfer Orientation and Transfer Welcome Days information. Click here for more information.

Events for new International Students: University Culture Days
University Culture Days are a way for you to learn the people and places that will support your success as a student. We encourage you to attend the events if it works with your schedule. Please sign up to attend the workshops or activities.

Orientation & First-Year Programs

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