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December 2011

Welcome New Transfer Students

Here is some information to help make your transition into the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities as smooth as possible.

Complete Your New Student Checklist!
Before you are able to register for class at the University of Minnesota, you must complete your New Student Checklist. Each college has its own checklist.

You will have additional checklist items based on your college but checklist items that all students need to complete include:

  • Initiate Your U of M Email: www.umn.edu/initiate
    Email is the official means of communication for the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Reminders about orientation, your financial aid award letter, and college updates are just some of the information sent to your U of M email so, make sure you check it often. If you need assistance retrieving your Internet ID or resetting your password, call 612-301-4357.
  • Complete your Pre-Orientation Survey
    This survey will provide your academic adviser with specific information about you and your expectations. Your adviser will use this information to help you register for classes at On-Campus Orientation. This survey will take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete.
  • Participate in Online Orientation
    Online Orientation is now available. All new students are required to complete Online Orientation prior to your On-Campus Orientation date. Online Orientation will provide you with important information about academic policies, degree requirements, and University resources.
  • Secure your On-Campus Orientation Date
    Orientation occurs between January 5-13, 2012. For more information about your Orientation day, click here. If you have not received information about securing your Orientation date, contact your college of enrollment.
  • Invite Guests to Attend Parent & Family Orientation
    Research shows that parent and family involvement has a positive effect on a student's transition to the University. Once your have selected your orientation date, call Orientation & First-Year Programs at 612-624-1979 to register guests for the Parent & Family Orientation program. Learn more...
  • Apply for Financial Aid
    All new students are highly encouraged to apply for financial aid as soon as possible. More information on the financial aid process can be found here.

Prepare for Class Registration
You can now access the Class Selection Tutorial, which will teach you more about the course registration system and help you prepare for Orientation.

Living & Commuting
Need a place to live? Check out the U of M off-campus housing site to search by price, location, amenities and more!

Looking for information on commuting to campus? Click here.

Health and Wellness
Students at the U taking 6 or more credits are required to have health insurance. If you do not have proof of health insurance to provide at orientation, you will automatically enroll in the University-sponsored Student Health Benefit Plan. To learn more, click here.

Mark Your Calendar: Transfer Welcome Event
All new transfer students are invited to attend a Transfer Welcome Event on Thursday, January 19. Drop in to ask questions, connect with student groups and University departments, enjoy some snacks, and get your free U of M transfer t-shirt. To learn more, click here.

Don't be afraid to ask! Contact Orientation & First-Year Programs!

Orientation & First-Year Programs
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
800-234-1979 or 612-624-1979


This e-mail was sent by Orientation & First-Year Programs (OFYP) at the University of Minnesota, 300 Washington Avenue SE, 315 Coffman Memorial Union, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455. OFYP reports to the Office of Undergraduate Education.

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