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Summer & Fall Updates

Covid-19: Summer & Fall 2020 Updates

Due to the COVID-19 circumstances, our office is working remotely and we do not have our phones staffed. We are fully operational and are responding to all inquiries and questions through our Live Chat feature on our website and email, during our normal business hours of 8:30a - 4:30p CST. You can reach us via email at or  



The Office of Undergraduate Education and other campus entities will be sending an email to all new students each week with fall updates; you can view a copy of these updates below.

August 4, 2020 - Weekly Update - Weeks of Welcome, Campus Life, & Engagement
July 24, 2020 - Weekly Update - Your Fall Classes

July 2020 - A Message to New Students About Safety

July 16, 2020 - Parent & Family Message on Campus Safety
July 15, 2020 - Weekly Update - On- and Off-Campus Living
July 9, 2020 - Update from the Provost
July 8, 2020 - Weekly Update - Fall Curriculum


Summer 2020

Summer 2020 orientation programming is functioning in a remote format, with a Canvas online orientation followed by virtual orientation occurring on the student’s selected orientation date (via the Zoom platform).  This format is applied to both freshman and transfer New Student Orientation programs. The OTE office continues to engage with campus officials and partners on the consideration of program delivery, community building for incoming students, and enhancement of both online and virtual content. If you have questions regarding New Student Orientation, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page


Fall 2020

On June 15, all incoming undergraduate students received an email from Robert McMaster, Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Education, outlining details for beginning your academic career as it relates to updates to the University's fall 2020 plans. 

Below are questions you might be wondering as they relate to your transition to the University of Minnesota.  You might have other questions about your student experience that are not answered below.  The Office of Undergraduate Education's Covid-19 Undergraduate Support website contains resources relating to academics, housing, health, and your student experience.  The University hosted a Virtual Town Hall on Tuesday, June 23 regarding the fall semester, highlights from the Town Hall can be found here.

Please check back to this site for ongoing changes and information to Orientation & Transition Experience's programs. For up-to-date information for the University of Minnesota, please reference U of M Public Health Alerts.

Updated June 18, 2020, 8:55 AM

Your scheduled orientation date will not change.  Incoming students who have not yet completed orientation will register during their scheduled Orientation date.

If you have not yet scheduled your Orientation, make sure to do so by completing your New Student Checklist.

If you have already attended Orientation and registered for classes, the University will follow up with guidance if changes are needed to your class schedule.

Welcome Week is now Weeks of Welcome!  Weeks of Welcome (WoW) is a multi-week program leading to the first day of class for the Class of 2024 and new transfer students. It is an extension of our traditional Welcome Week program that all first-year students participate in. The program has been developed in response to COVID-19 and is designed to help students have a successful transition to the U.  

You will receive more information about Weeks of Welcome later this summer.

Your University of Minnesota email address is the best place to go for official communications from the Orientation and Transition Experiences and the University.

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