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.

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.

Additionally, if you are a student in CSE, CFANS, CLA or CEHD you will be enrolled in a required class that includes Welcome Week activities.

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.

Seeking an exemption

We understand that some students may have conflicts during Welcome Week and may wish to be excused from some or all programming. On occasion, OFYP may grant exemptions to students who demonstrate conflicts that are deemed sufficient to warrant an exemption. We will begin accepting requests for exemptions in June 2017 and they are due on August 11, 2017. Contact OFYP at 612-624-1979 or ofyp@umn.edu to learn more.   If you are in Marching Band or a Fall competing varsity sport (Football, Soccer, Volleyball or Men's/Women's Cross Country) you do not need to request an exemption, your schedule is pre-determined based on your practice/competition schedules.

Examples of potentially warranted exemptions include, but are not limited to, medical need, dependent child care, severe illness, unexpected family emergencies, active military duty, or certain obligations with the Minnesota State Fair.

Note: Any student granted an exemption will still be required to participate in certain Welcome Week activities, including Convocation, College Day programming, and U of M Day events.

PSEO students

Former PSEO students who are enrolled as freshmen for Fall 2017 are required to participate in Welcome Week.