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Orientation & First-Year Programs (OFYP) February 29, 2016

Hello %%First Name%%!

With over 50,000 undergraduate and graduate students combined on the Twin Cities campus, it’s hard to know how to navigate your way through this massive campus! Personally, I transferred from a campus that was a lot smaller, so coming to the U was a huge adjustment. With 135 buildings just on East Bank, I was shocked at the size of the U of M. So to help you out I’ve put together a few tips to make your transition (and commute to class) a bit easier!

One of my personal favorite things about the U is the Campus Circulators and Campus Connectors. The Circulators will take you to various stops on East and West Bank, depending upon which one you decide to take. There’s also a St. Paul Circulator. The Connector, however, goes to all of these campuses. If you’re looking to get from Dinkytown to the Rec, just hop on the University Circulator! If you’re looking to go from Coffman to St. Paul, just hop on the Campus Connector! Here’s a link so you can check out the various times these buses run, and where their stops are. In addition to that, while you’re waiting for your bus, you can text “UMNBus ##”, and whichever number stop you’re at to 41-411, and they’ll send you a text back saying how long it will be until your bus gets to you!

If you’re trying to get to destinations like the airport, or MOA, the light rail is a great option. The Blue Line will take you right to these destinations. If you’re looking for something a little bit closer, the Green Line travels through East Bank and Washington Ave so it’s very helpful when you’re trying to get to class! Check out all the places you can go by taking the Metro by clicking this link: https://www1.umn.edu/pts/rail/. You can also check out how to buy your U-Pass, which is a discounted student unlimited transit pass right here: https://www1.umn.edu/pts/bus/upass.html.

If you’re up for a bit more exercise, walking or biking is also a great way to navigate your way around campus. There’s a great walking bridge that goes right from Dinkytown on University Avenue straight to campus that is very helpful! In addition to that, I love walking to class because you can take in the views of downtown Minneapolis, as well as everything else that the U of M has to offer in terms of green space, and unique buildings.

I hope that your transition to the University of Minnesota is going well, and that you’ve found these ways to navigate campus helpful. I’d love to chat with you about it! Feel free to call our office phone at 612-624-1979 or send an e-mail to ofyp@umn.edu (or you can respond to me at ryan0387@umn.edu) to set up a time that I can take you to grab some coffee – our treat! I look forward to getting to know you, and hear about your first semester at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities!

Your Transfer Insider,

Stephanie Ryan
ryan0387@umn.edu