The short answer: Yes.
Welcome Week is required for the Class of 2022 and attendance is integral to your transition to the University. Transfer students are strongly encouraged to attend events in the transfer track (coming soon!) in addition to events designed for all new students.
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. To help you balance your self-care during Welcome Week while maximizing your experience, your Welcome Week Leader can help you identify down times during Welcome Week when you can recharge.
Just like regular class attendance has a positive impact on academic success, attending Welcome Week will enhance your academic experience by helping you get acquainted with the U and build a sense of community…before your first semester starts. Welcome Week is the University’s way of ensuring you have a purposeful start to your college journey.
Keep in mind for freshmen students in CSE, CFANS, CLA or CEHD you will be enrolled in a required class that includes Welcome Week activities and it is a required component of the Nature of Life course for CBS students.
Not convinced? How about this research…
We know that students who attend Welcome Week have a greater sense of belonging and higher fall & spring gpas than students who did not have Welcome Week.
Do you have a conflict?
We understand students may have conflicts during parts of Welcome Week and may wish to be excused from some programming. On occasion, Orientation & Transition Experiences may grant permission to miss certain parts of Welcome Week if it is arranged ahead of time. Please fill out this form to explain your conflict and Orientation & Transition Experiences staff will be in touch with you to help you navigate participating in Welcome Week (submit no later than August 10). Some examples of approved absences in the past have included religious obligation, active military duty, medical need, dependent child care, family wedding, or certain State Fair obligations. Otherwise, your Welcome Week Leader (WWL) will be expecting to you to meet up with them at each event so it is important to communicate with us.
Any student granted an approved absence will still be required to participate in certain Welcome Week activities, including Convocation, college-specific programming, and U of M events.
Note: If you are in Marching Band or a fall competing sport, you do not need to request an excused absence and you will automatically have an adjusted Welcome Week schedule.
Former PSEO students who are enrolled as freshmen for Fall 2018 are required to participate in Welcome Week.