Once classes begin you will be on your way to creating your own first year at the U of M. At times you may feel like you are alone in your transition, however there are many ways you will have shared ups and downs with other new students. Make the most of your college experience by engaging in a first-year program. These programs are open to all first-year students.
Connect with Us!
OTE has created the Official Class of 2026 Facebook group just for your class and we hope you will use it as a space to connect with other incoming first-year students. If you have questions, let us know at [email protected]. Only confirmed freshmen in the Class of 2026 will be allowed to join.
To learn more about our office and upcoming events, follow us on Instagram @oteumn.
Email us at [email protected] or call us at 612-624-1979.
Class of 2026 Newsletters
The Class of 2026 Newsletter is sent through email to first-year students throughout the academic year. The newsletter content includes items pertinent to the success and wellbeing of first-year students. Content addresses developmental needs and time-sensitive materials relevant to a seamless transition to the U.
First Year Newsletter Archive
At Home in MN
At Home in MN is a program that provides out-of-state students with the opportunity to explore Minnesota events and culture, connect with other out-of-state students, and receive additional support in the transition.
Each semester there will be a series of events and workshops you can attend. Out-of-state students will receive emails inviting them to these events throughout the year.
The At Home in MN Living Learning Community (LLC) is a community within Territorial Hall that gives eligible first-year, out-of-state students the option to live together in a dedicated area of the hall.
This House is located in Territorial Hall, which is conveniently located in the Superblock. Only incoming first-year students who live within the United States, but outside of Minnesota, are eligible to apply for the At Home in MN Living Learning Community. Join At Home in MN to enhance your transition to the U! To apply, you must submit a Housing application.
If you have any questions, please contact Orientation & Transition Experiences at [email protected] or 612-624-1979
Freshman Seminars are designed specifically to enhance the first-year experience, and a great way for new students to start their university career. Each seminar is taught by a faculty member and is limited to 20 students. Freshman Seminars allow first-year students to interact in a smaller setting, connect with a faculty member, and become involved in a unique area of study. Freshman seminars are offered both fall and spring semesters.
What is a network?
UMNetworks are an opportunity for you to build social connections with other new students. Networks are led by a Network Leader who shares your interests and will help you connect with other new students by participating in/attending group activities. During the Fall 2021 semester, we will have 8 UMNetworks: Animal Lovers, Arts & Crafts, Movies & Film, Music, Gopher Gamers, Multicultural Network, Non-Traditional Students, and Sustainability.
Why should I join?
Find Community of Friends: Making friends can be difficult, UMNetworks are a great way to meet other students who share your interests, passions, or similar experiences.
Make the U of M My Home: By attending UMNetworks events, you can make this large university feel like a small community. We hope that by joining a UMNetwork you begin to make the U of M your home.
Get Connected: The U of M has over 1000+ student organizations and 30,000+ undergraduates so it isn’t always easy to find your starting place. Use a network to get connected with new and returning students to find your start.
What is the time commitment?
Throughout the semester you and your network will have the opportunity to attend three events together. Events/activities last about an hour, depending on the opportunity. Your UMNetwork Leader more details for each event.