At Home in MN

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What is At Home in MN?

At Home in MN is a program designed to provide additional support to students who are from out-of-state. This program provides out-of-state students with the opportunity to explore Minnesota events and culture while connecting with other out-of-state students. We know that while the transition to college can be different for all students, out-of-state students sometimes have unique concerns, such as traveling to/from their home state, adjusting to Minnesota weather and finding a local healthcare provider. Our program goals are to:

  1. Connect first-year students and new transfer students from out-of-state with other out-of-state students.
  2. Assist out-of-state students in accessing resources to support their transition.
  3. Introduce traditions and events to out-of-state students so they may become familiar with Minnesota culture.
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Past Events

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. Here are some examples of past events:

Living Learning Community

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 LLC 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 indicate interest. 

Top Concerns for Out-of-State Students

Out-of-state students have many of the same concerns as in-state students when first coming to college, concerns like homesickness and making friends. However, there are a number of concerns that are unique to out-of-state students, such as being away from your doctor or health care provider, or adjusting to Minnesota weather. It’s important to realize that these concerns are valid, but they can be prepared for and overcome.

View this handout for more information on steps you can take to address these concerns.

Want more information? Tell us how At Home in MN can best support you! You can contact OTE at [email protected] for more information or questions on At Home in MN events.