Freshman Orientation

Student in elevatorFreshman Orientation is a two-day on-campus program required of all new students.  Once you have confirmed your enrollment, you will receive information from your college about your New Student Checklist and registering for Orientation. The New Student Checklist will be available for incoming freshmen in the Class of 2021 who have paid their enrollment confirmation fee on April 5, 2017.

By participating in orientation, you will:

  • Understand the academic and community expectations of a University of Minnesota student.
  • Feel more prepared to transition into the University.
  • Become acquainted with the resources available to University of Minnesota students.
  • Meet with an academic advisor and register for fall courses.
  • Have a better understanding of the University of Minnesota student experience.

Orientation Leaders guide new students throughout the experience.

Get Started

Start Your New Student Checklist

After you confirm your enrollment, you will need to complete your New Student Checklist.  Here is an example of some of the items you will find on your personalized checklist:

  • Complete your Tell Us About Yourself Survey
    This 15 minute survey will provide your advisor with the information to help you register for fall classes.
  • Select Your Orientation dates
    You can select your two-day on-campus Orientation dates after you complete your Tell Us About Yourself survey. 
  • Complete assigned placement tests
    Placement tests must be completed one week prior to your Orientation date

Plus, any additional college-specific checklist items.

Encourage your family to register for Parent & Family Orientation

Parent Orientation is a great way for families to learn how to better support their students during this time of transition. Registration for Parent Orientation is a separate process from students selecting an Orientation date. While the majority of the Parent Orientatio is seperate from New Student Orientation, there will be a few sessions where you will be together. Encourage your parents and/or family to sign up for Parent Orientation.

Complete photo upload to have your U Card ready at Orientation

There are two ways you can get your U Card on the second day of your orientation visit.

  1. Photo Upload – Have your U Card ready! (Incoming freshmen only may access Photo Upload)
    • Go online to http://z.umn.edu/photoupload
    • Upload your picture and signature and have your images approved at least 2 weeks prior to your orientation date.
    • Pick up your pre-printed U Card with a valid photo ID (driver’s license, state ID, passport, or tribal ID) at the U Card Office on day 2 of Orientation.
  2. U Card Regular Production Service
    • Visit the U Card Office after you register for classes on day 2 of Orientation with a valid photo ID (driver’s license, state ID, passport, or tribal ID).
    • Have your picture taken.
    • Receive your U Card.

For more information about the U Card, please visit the U Card Office website at www.umn.edu/ucard or call 612-626-9900.

Submit Immunization Documents & Health Plan Information

Minnesota law requires all University of Minnesota students to report certain immunizations. Failure to complete this before the 6th week of the semester may result in a registration hold on your account. Information about the immunizations required and how to report your immunizations is available from the Boynton Health website, www.bhs.umn.edu/immunization-requirements.htm.

You are required to have health insurance.

All students who are 1) admitted to a degree program and 2) registered for six or more credits per semester that count toward the automatic assessment of the Student Services Fee are required by the University of Minnesota to have health insurance. Please visit www.shb.umn.edu/waiver.htm for more information. Eligible students who do not provide verifiable insurance information per established guidelines will be automatically enrolled in and billed for the University-sponsored Student Health Benefit Plan. To learn more about this policy and the University plan, visit www.shb.umn.edu or contact the Office of Student Health Benefits at umshbo@umn.edu or 612-624-0627.

Attention International Students

The University of Minnesota requires all international students and their dependents to enroll in the University-sponsored Student Health Benefit Plan unless they are eligible for a waiver. To be eligible for a waiver as an International Student, you must be covered by a United States-based employer-sponsored group health plan or the University-sponsored Graduate Assistant Health Plan. To learn more about this policy and the University plan, visit www.shb.umn.edu or contact the Office of Student Health Benefits at umshbo@umn.edu or 612-624-0627.

Your Orientation Experience

Sample Schedule

Freshman Orientation is a two-day overnight program required of all new students. The section will give you specific details about the Day 1 and 2 schedule. Students are placed in small groups with an Orientation Leader based on their college of enrollment. There is also a separate section for International students, as their schedule will be slightly different.

International Students

Orientation & First-Year Programs works closely with International Student Scholar Services (ISSS) to provide accurate information for your transition to the University of Minnesota. As you plan for your arrival, please visit the ISSS website to learn about specific requirements for new international students.

You can set your Freshman Orientation date in August by completing your New Student Checklist. It's important to remember that not all colleges come to Orientation each day and you must sign up to attend Freshman Orientation. To contact your college about signing up for your Orientation program, click here.

We strongly encourage international students to arrive in Minnesota on the suggested arrival date of August 21, 2017. Once on campus you will complete your Immigration Check-in with ISSS in the morning of your Day 1 of Freshman Orientation. You will not be allowed to register for courses until your Immigration Check-In is complete.

College Contact Information

Be sure to stay in touch with your college of enrollment to make sure you complete all college expectations. To find contact information for your college of enrollment, click here.

Parent Orientation

Parents and families have the opportunity to attend an orientation program, separate from the student, that shows how to support your student during this time of transition. Select the Parents & Families link at the top of this page to learn more.

The 2017 Orientation Leaders

The Orientation Leaders (OLs) assist incoming students, as well as their parents, during New Student Orientation and Welcome Week. Photos will be posted soon. The 2016 Orientation Leader Team can be seen here.