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 wearing Gopher gear lay on their backs in a circle with their heads touching



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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Parents, Families

& Guests

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

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Students wearing Gopher gear wave at the camera from steps
An incoming freshman hugs his family on move in day
An incoming student laughs during orientation
Visiting parents look at a campus map
An incoming freshman excitedly poses for the camera with her parents
Students talk to each other during Welcome Week
Welcome Week leaders help freshman unpack their luggage during Welcome Week
An incoming freshman pushes a cart with her luggage during move in
An incoming freshman and his parents pull suitcases during move in