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Class of 2023

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 this 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 Only confirmed freshmen in the Class of 2023 will be allowed to join.


Email us at or call us at 612-624-1979.

The Class of 2023 eNewsletter is sent through email to first-year students throughout the academic year (usually monthly but more often at the beginning of the 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. 

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At Home in MN is a program  provides out-of-state students with the opportunity to explore Minnesota events and culture, connecting with other out-of-state students, and providing 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.

For more information on At Home in MN visit us HERE


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 and an At Home in MN application. 

If you have any questions, please contact Orientation & Transition Experiences at 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. Freshmen seminars are offered both fall and spring semesters.


If you would like to search for a Freshman Seminar online, follow the steps below. The online class schedule will always contain the most up-to-date information on Freshman Seminars. Please note that the times and locations of the Freshman Seminars are subject to change.

  1. Log onto MyU - - and click on the Academics tab.
  2. Under Planning, select Class Search.
  3. Once you have entered Class Search, verify that Twin Cities/Rochester is selected in the Institution field. Then choose either Fall 2019 or Spring 2020 in the Term field.
    Note: Freshman seminars are unique because you can register for a spring semester course at the same time as you’re registering for your fall courses. Make sure to check both Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 for freshman seminars that interest you!
  4. Then, in the Course Attribute field, select Freshman Seminar.
  5. At this point, if you click Search, you will get a list of all freshman seminars being offered during the selected semester. It is helpful to select Show Open Classes Only before clicking Search if you only want to view courses that still have available seats. If you are interested in putting your name on a wait list for a course, do not select Show Open Classes Only. In order to narrow down your results, you can also use the Additional Search Criteria section to find seminars that fit into certain time slots or are taught by specific instructors, etc.
  6. After you have generated a list of seminars that fit your desired parameters, you can click on the section or class number to view more details about the class, including a brief description.
  7. To register for a seminar, click Select on the right hand side of the course information and follow the instructions to add it to your Enrollment Shopping Cart.

2019-20 Freshman Seminar Booklet

Click here to access a PDF booklet of 2019-2020 Freshman Seminars. This booklet will also be made available during New Student Orientation.

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