Welcome Week

Welcome Week: August 31- September 5

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Welcome Week is the second step (after New Student Orientation) in your transition to the University of Minnesota. Welcome Week is only for first-year, first-time, freshmen in the Class of 2020 attending the U of M, Twin Cities. 

We know that students who attend Welcome Week are more confident when they start classes because they have had time to meet friends, navigate campus and get settled. Welcome Week introduces and builds upon various communities within the University of Minnesota. Here are some ways Welcome Week will build on your Orientation experience.

If you are transferring to the U, please see Transfer Welcome Days.

Your Welcome Week Experience

Is Welcome Week required?

The short answer: Yes.

Welcome Week is a required program and attendance is integral to your transition to the University.

The choice to attend is similar to the decisions you’ll be making every day of your undergraduate career—whether to attend class or not, whether to meet with your academic adviser or not, or whether to get involved in student activities.

Your U of M communities

When you come to the University, you'll be part of many communities, both on and off of campus. During Welcome Week, you'll have the opportunity to connect with them in different ways.


The Welcome Week schedule is full of events designed for the full Class of 2020 and events to meet your needs as an individual. The times, events and locations listed in this schedule reflect the fall 2016 schedule, however, are subject to change.

Welcome Week Accommodations


Welcome Week Leaders will assist you to events once you are on campus, but you are responsible for getting yourself to campus.

  • Walking - You will be walking a lot during Welcome Week (see Special Accommodations if you need assistance) be sure to wear appropriate footwear.
  • Busing/Light Rail - If you’re purchasing a U-Pass for the semester, you’ll find it comes in handy during Welcome Week.
  • Driving - If you drive to campus you can park for free in the East River Road Garage with a parking voucher you’ll get from your Welcome Week Leader every day.
  • Biking - Be sure you have a secure bike lock and helmet ready for your ride.  Click here to find bicycle parking and bike maps.

Learn more about commuting to campus and updates on construction at Parking & Transportation’s website.


If you apply for housing by the May 1 deadline and select to live on campus for the Fall, you will receive a letter by the end of July informing you of your Fall housing assignment, move in date and time. You will be able to move into your residence hall/residential apartment before Welcome Week.  More information can be found at Housing & Residential Life's web site.

If you’re not living in on-campus housing, you will need to ensure you can move in to your apartment/house prior to August 31 as housing is not provided during Welcome Week. More specific information for students living off campus will be mailed in August.


Meals are provided during Welcome Week beginning with brunch on Wednesday, August 31 through dinner Friday, September 2. University Dining Services contracts begin with brunch on Saturday, September 3. Flexdine will be available for students who have meal plans prior to Welcome Week meals starting.

If you do not have a University Dining Services contract, you will have the opportunity to pre-register for meals offered on Wednesday, August 31-Sunday, September 4 when you complete the Welcome Week Event Selection. You can also use this online tool to indicate dietary needs.

There will be some dining options, TBD, available prior to the start of Welcome Week. 


Special Accommodations


If you have a documented disability and would like to request accommodations (these include sign language interpreters and alternate formats) at the University, including Welcome Week and Transfer Welcome Days, be sure to contact the Disability Resource Center at 612-626-1333 (v/tty) two weeks prior to Orientation and/or Welcome Week.

You are welcome to visit the Disability Resource Center (180 McNamara) at the end of Day 2 of orientation for a brief informational meeting.  If you would like to complete your intake meeting at this time, you will need to schedule an appointment in advance at 612-626-1333 (v/tty).

Mobility Issues

If you have a short-term disability (i.e. broken leg) and would have difficulty walking long distances during Orientation, please contact the Orientation & First-Year Programs office for accommodations at 800-234-1979.

Mobility accommodations for Welcome Week can be indicated on Welcome Week Event Selection and accommodations for Transfer Welcome Days can be indicated on the registration form.

Dietary Accommodations

Vegetarian options are available. If you are in need of additional dietary accommodations besides vegetarian, please contact our office at (800) 234-1979 or (612) 624-1979 two weeks prior to your orientation date.

Dietary accommodations for Welcome Week can be indicated on Welcome Week Event Selection and accommodations for Transfer Welcome Days can be indicated on the registration form.


Will you be observing Ramadan during your Orientation? If so, please contact OFYP at (800) 234-1979 or (612) 624-1979 to schedule your meals.