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The mission of the Orientation and Transition Experiences office is to support students in their transition to the U of M, by offering high-quality, dynamic experiences. Although we wish we could be in community with each other for our Orientation programming, we have chosen to prioritize everyone’s safety and will be implementing virtual Orientation programs. As usual, we are committed to providing supportive and dynamic Orientation programming within this new model. 

Freshman Orientation is required of all new students. In March, once you have confirmed your enrollment, you will receive information about completing your New Student Checklist and selecting an Orientation date.

Orientation has three major components:

    1. Orientation Prep Course: The goal of the Orientation Prep Course is to provide you with valuable information about University resources and services, and about your college of enrollment. Your advisor will reference the information you learn in the Orientation Prep Course during your Orientation. You must complete this course and pass the college content quiz with a score of 80% to attend your Orientation. The Orientation Prep Course is required and you will access this as a part of your New Student Checklist. 
    2. Orientation: At Orientation, you will meet with your college and your academic advisor and register for Fall 2021 courses. Your Orientation schedule and assigned Zoom links will be found on the Orientation Hub. The schedule information populates approximately 48 hours before your Orientation. There are no on-campus elements to Orientation. Attending your Orientation is required. 
    3. Friday Gopher Sessions: Join us on the Friday of your Orientation week for Friday Gopher Sessions, an opportunity to engage with campus resources and continue interacting with Orientation Leaders. 

    By participating in Orientation, you will

    • Understand the academic and community expectations of a University of Minnesota student.
    • Feel more prepared to transition into the University.
    • Become acquainted with the resources available to University of Minnesota students.
    • Meet with an academic advisor and register for spring courses.
    • Have a better understanding of the University of Minnesota student experience.

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