To ensure that you are ready for the start of the semester, we require all transfer students to participate in a two-step orientation process. 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.
- Have a better understanding of the University of Minnesota student experience.
- Be better able to take responsibility while enrolled at the University.
- Meet new and current transfer students and start making connections.
Starting Wednesday, April 12, confirmed transfer students can access the New Student Checklist at checklist.umn.edu. Here is an example of some of the items that can be found on the personalized checklist:
Complete the Tell Us About Yourself Survey
This 15-minute survey will provide your advisor with the information to help you register for classes for the upcoming semester.
Select Your On-Campus Orientation date
You can confirm your Orientation date after you complete the Tell Us About Yourself survey. The on-campus Orientation programs will occur in July and August 2017.
Complete Assigned Placement Tests
Placement tests must be completed one week prior to your Orientation date. Your personalized New Student Checklist will list your assigned placement tests. To learn more about what course placement tests you may required to complete please click here.
Complete Online Orientation
Online Orientation must be complete prior to attending your on-campus orientation. The Online Orientation will be available starting Wednesday, April 12.
Plus, any additional college-specific checklist items.
Parent and Guest Orientation is a great way for families and supporters to learn how to better support their students during this time of transition. Encourage your parents and/or supporters to sign up for Parent and Guest Orientation.
All University of Minnesota students must complete an immunization form at the start of their college career. You can download the form and find out more information from the Boynton Health website. Send your completed form to:
Attn: Patient Assistance
410 Church Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Make sure you have hospitalization 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 plan coverage. Please visit www.shb.umn.edu/waiver.htm to view waiver information and what information you must bring to orientation. Eligible students who do not provide verifiable insurance information at the time of class registration or appropriately waive the Student Health Benefit Plan 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/waiver.htm or contact the Office of Student Health Benefits at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-624-0627.
Attention International Students
The University of Minnesota requires all international students and their dependents to purchase 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 email@example.com or 612-624-0627.
The Orientation & First-Year Programs office 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 the specific requirements for new international students.
You can select your Transfer Orientation date by completing your New Student Checklist. For Fall 2017 students, the New Student Checklist will be available beginning Wednesday, April 13. It's important to remember that not all colleges come to Orientation each day and you must sign up to attend Transfer Orientation.
Once on campus, you will complete your Immigration Check-in as part of your Transfer Orientation. You will not be allowed to register for courses until your Immigration Check-in is complete.
University Veterans Servcies offers benefits workshops for student veterans, service-members and dependents who plan on using military education benefits. During this workshop you will learn about the certification process, how your benefits affect your financial aid, as well as other veteran/military benefits and resources on campus. You will also have the opportunity to complete any needed paperwork for your benefits.
University Veterans Services
320 Bruininks Hall
Transfer Orientation Steps
After successful completion of the Online Orientation program, you will then attend the required on-campus Orientation program. The available program dates for your college will appear in the Transfer Orientation registration system. On your scheduled Orientation day, check in on the ground floor of Coffman Union (located on the East Bank of the Minneapolis campus) between 8:00 and 8:30 a.m.
The program will include visiting with important University departments during a Resource Fair, attending a college meeting, meeting with an academic advisor, and registering for classes.
Following advising and registration, you are encouraged to make the most of your day on campus by taking a campus tour, finding your classrooms, visiting with campus departments, or talking to Transfer Student Ambassadors about their first year at the U of M.
Your on-campus Orientation is a greater introduction to the University, as well as your college or academic program. At Orientation you will have the opportunity to learn more about your college and academic program, meet with academic advising staff, register for classes, tour the campus, and learn more about campus resources and student services.
On-Campus Orientation Schedule
Park in the East River Road Garage and Check-In at Coffman Memorial Union
8:00 a.m. - Check-In, Immigration Check-In Part 1, Continental Breakfast, Resource Fair, & Financial Aid Counseling
8:40 a.m. - University Welcome
9:30 a.m. - College Meeting, Advising & Registration (end times will vary based on your college and advising appointment time)
11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. – Lunch with Transfer Student Ambassadors
12:30 p.m. or 2:00 p.m. - East Bank Campus Tour
3:00 pm - 4:00 p.m. - Immigration Check-In Part 2 (Required for International Students)
Please plan to be on campus until 4:00 p.m. You are encouraged to make the most of your orientation day by exploring campus, asking questions, and learning more about campus resources and services. Please be sure to ask the Transfer Student Ambassadors about any of your questions and concerns. We are happy to assist and want to help you have a successful transition into the University!
The Transfer Student Ambassadors assist incoming transfer students, as well as their parents and guests, during Orientation and Transfer Welcome Days. We are currently hiring our 2017 Transfer Student Ambassador (TSA) Team. Please check back in April to get to know your TSA Team.
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.