Welcome Week Schedule
The Welcome Week schedule is subject to change. New students will receive a personal schedule upon checking in for the program. Check out the Class of 2020 guide on the U Minnesota mobile app for additional details.
|10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.||Brunch (Residential Students)||Residential Dining Halls||If you are a residential student, this is the first meal provided by Welcome Week.|
|1:00-2:15 p.m.||House Meeting (Residential Students)||Assigned Classroom||Meet the people you will be living with all year and learn the key points about living on campus from your Community Advisors.|
|2:30-4:00 p.m.||Small Group Kickoff (Residential Students)||Assigned Classroom||This is an opportunity for you to meet your small group members and Welcome Week Leaders (WWLs), make initial connections, and learn expectations for the week from your WWLs.|
|3:30 p.m.||Welcome (Off-Campus Students)||Northrop Auditorium||Start your Welcome Week experience with other new students living off campus and get an overview of how this program will benefit you.|
|4:15 - 7:00 p.m.||Small Group Kickoff & Dinner (Off-Campus Students)||
McNamara Alumni Center
|This is an opportunity for you to meet your small group members and Welcome Week Leaders (WWLs), make initial connections, learn expectations for the week from your WWLs and have a nice dinner before heading off to Pride & Spirit.|
|4:30-6:45 p.m.||Dinner (Residential Students)||Residential Dining Halls|
|7:45-9:15 p.m.||Pride & Spirit||TCF Bank Stadium||Join the Class of 2020 for a night of Golden Gopher Spirit! This is your chance to learn the top 10 things to know as a Gopher Sports fan! You will also take the M photo on field. Doors will open at 6:45 p.m.|
|9:30-11:30 p.m.||RecWell Open House||RecWell||This is your chance to see everything RecWell has to offer including a new bouldering and climbing wall, fun and challenging fitness equipment and amazing spaces to work out or just hang out.|
|10:00 p.m.||Connect @10 p.m. (Residential Students)||Residence Halls||
Each residence hall will have specific activities planned for a night of relaxation and meeting new people.
|7:00-8:30 a.m.||Breakfast (Residental Students)||Residential Dining Halls|
|9:45-11:00 a.m.||New Student Convocation||Mariucci Arena||
At this official welcome to the University of Minnesota, you'll hear from President Kaler and current students, and an introduction to the U of M’s history and traditions. Doors open at 8:45 a.m.
|11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.||College Day Activities & Lunch||Various Locations||Meet faculty and other students, and attend sessions that focus on the unique resources and opportunities available in your chosen college. If you are a student in CLA, CSE, CFANS, or CEHD you will be enrolled in a required class that includes Welcome Week activities.|
|4:00-6:30 p.m.||Free Time Activities||Head back to your room to drop off your belongings and change into your game gear before heading to TCF Bank Stadium for dinner.|
|8:00-11:30 p.m.||Gopher Football Game||TCF Bank Stadium||
The Gopher Football team will open their season at TCF Bank Stadium. Gopher Sports is providing complimentary student tickets to first-year students for the football home open as the Gophers take on Oregon State University!
|9:30 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.||MAC Dance||McNamara Alumni Center||Make sure to stop by the McNamara Alumni Center for a post-game dance party for the Class of 2020. Featuring a DJ, you can show off your Gopher dance moves!|
|10:00 p.m.||Connect @10 p.m. (Residential Students)||Residence Halls||Each residence hall will have specific activities planned for a night of relaxation and meeting new people.|
|7:00-9:00 a.m.||Breakfast (Residential Students)||Residential Dining Halls|
|9:30 a.m.- 5:15 p.m.||Campus Exploration & Earth, U, and Barbecue||
You will spend the majority of this day with your small group learning to navigate the East Bank, West Bank, and St. Paul Campus. You will ride the Campus Connector and attend a variety of sessions & events that highlight respect, resources and responsibilities for your transition to the University. Here are a few program highlights for the day:
|4:30-7:00 p.m.||Dinner (All Students) and Free Time||Residential Dining Halls (Residential Students) & local businesses (Off-Campus Students)|
|6:00-8:00 p.m.||Bowling & Billiards for Off-Campus Students||CMU-Goldy's Gameroom||Join the Commuter Connection during your free time for free bowling, fellowship and fun!|
|8:30-9:30 p.m.||Get Gritty: Identify Your Why||Mariucci Arena||
Jermaine will share how to create an intentional first year of college and make it your own. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. For more information on Jermaine, visit www.jermainedavis.com.
|10:00 p.m.- 1:00 a.m.||Student Unions & Activities Showcase||CMU||This U of M tradition provides free/low-cost events for students throughout the semester. Get hypnotized by a hypnotist, break loose on the dance floor, enjoy free food, and more!|
|10:00 p.m.||Connect @10 p.m.||Residence Halls||Each residence hall will have specific activities planned for a night of relaxation and meeting new people.|
|9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.||Community Engagement & Brunch||Bruininks Hall & Assigned Classroom||
You will be assigned a time and specific rotation schedule that includes brunch and is based on the Community Engagement Session you select and your assigned group activities.
|1:30-4:30 p.m.||Explore-U||Mariucci Arena||
Explore ways to get involved at this event showcasing campus student groups and local businesses, while enjoying giveaways, food samples, and prizes!
|4:30-7:00 p.m.||Dinner||Residential Dining Halls|
|5:30 p.m.||Fraternity & Sorority Recruitment Events Begin||Interested in joining a fraternity or sorority? Check out BeGreek.org for more information.|
|7:00-9:30 p.m.||Free Time|
|9:30 p.m.-1:00 a.m.||Late Night at Mall of America||Mall of America (Buses Load at 4th St. SE & on Eckles Ave on the St. Paul Campus)||
Spend the evening on the rides at Nickelodeon Universe or exploring Sea Life Aquarium in the Mall of America.
|10:00 p.m.||Connect @10 p.m. (Residential Students)||Residence Halls|
|11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.||Community Exploration Trips||You will have an opportunity to ride the new light rail and explore Nicollet Mall, Uptown, Minnehaha Park, or Downtown St. Paul. Meet up with your small group one last time to reflect on and put an end to your Welcome Week experience.|
|11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m.||Brunch|
|12:00-5:00 p.m.||Student Group Events|
|Various Times||Sorority & Fraternity Recruitment Events||Visit BeGreek.org for details.|
|10:00 p.m.||Connect @10 p.m. (Residential Students)|
|12:00-5:00 p.m.||RecWell Open|
|9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.||Student Group Events||This is the last day of Welcome Week. Attend any sessions you missed earlier in the week, explore campus on your own, or prepare for your first day of class on Tuesday, September 6.|
|Various times||Fraternity & Sorority Recruitment Events||Visit BeGreek.org for details.|
* Times may be subject to change