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Listening and helping is what we do. Contact us: 612-624-1979, [email protected], or through our chat at the bottom of the page. 

What Does Belonging Mean to U?

We want Orientation, Welcome Week, everything in between, and everything that follows to feel right. And most importantly we want you to feel like you belong here! 

Our newest Gophers had a lot to say this Welcome Week about how they felt they belonged here at the U. Watch this short video to see what they had to say.

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Students creating the letter M with their hands



In an effort to support each student during their transition to the U of M and on their path to graduation, Orientation & Transition Experiences offers high-quality, dynamic experiences that cultivate community and empower students to champion their own development and leverage campus resources.

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Orientation & Transition Experiences (OTE) is here to support you and your students’ transition to the U of M. Our Family & Student Supporter Orientation Program provides an introduction to the University’s departments integral in a students transition as well as the academic expectations of the University.

 Families & Student Supporters

Families and students
New student posing with parents
Student and two family members sitting together
Parent and student posing for picture
Parents in front of the M Gophers state sign
Students talk to each other during Welcome Week
Move in day
An incoming freshman pushes a cart with her luggage during move in
New student hugging family