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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the New Student Checklist need to be done?

  • There is not one deadline for completing the checklist, however you will want to start on the checklist as soon as it is available to you. Some steps are required to be completed before you can move on to the next. The most strict deadline is making sure placement tests are completed one week prior to your orientation.

What if I can’t access the New Student Checklist?

  • Have you paid your confirmation fee? You must pay your enrollment confirmation fee to the office of Admissions in order to have access to the New Student Checklist. Please note that it can take several days for your payment to be processed. For example, if you pay on a Friday, you might not have access until the following Wednesday.

  • If you are wanting to access the New Student Checklist on the first day, April 1, our suggestions would be to pay your enrollment confirmation fee by March 25.

What if I can’t access the Placement Exams?

  • Placement exams will become available to you once you can see your New Student Checklist. If you are having difficulty accessing the placement testing site, first, be sure you are logged in using your University of Minnesota Internet ID and password. If you are still unable to access your placement exams, please email fouryear@umn.edu. Please make sure you review the which placement exams are required for your college and major at placement.umn.edu.

Will there still be courses available if I come to a later orientation date?

  • Yes there will be courses available. The U of M releases seats in popular courses throughout the orientation process. However, your preferred time may no longer be available. Our suggestion is to confirm early so you can pick your first choice of orientation date. Please know your academic advisor will assist you in selecting your courses, no matter your orientation date.

Should I book my travel and hotel accommodations for my summer orientation date?

    • Summer 2020 orientation will be in a remote format. Please do not book any travel for orientation dates, as there is no on-campus programming.

How long is New Student Orientation? Is New Student Orientation required?

    • New Student Orientation will be facilitated remotely and include online modules (approximately 2 hours duration) and virtual, real-time meetings (via Zoom, approximately 3 hours total). New Student Orientation is required for incoming students. There are optional evening activities for you to grow community and ask additional questions after your advising session.

Will there be an online orientation to replace the traditional in-person format?

    • Summer 2020 orientation will be remote in format, including online modules in Canvas and virtual sessions via Zoom. Please visit the student schedule pages for information on orientation date requirements.

How will I register for courses? Can I just register for my classes without attending New Student Orientation?

    • Registration for courses will occur during your New Student Orientation Program. 

How will I meet other new students? Will I have an Orientation Leader?

    • You will be assigned an orientation leader - along with other students in your college - for a small group session on your orientation date. 

As an international student, what are my options for New Student Orientation?

    •  Orientation & Transition Experiences works closely with International Student Scholar Services (ISSS) to provide accurate information for your transition to the University of Minnesota. As you plan for your arrival, please visit the ISSS website to learn about specific requirements for new international students. Additionally, International admissions continues to evaluate our situation and currently there are no changes to the May 1 confirmation deadline and the arrive on campus date. 

What if I don’t have a way to participate in Online Orientation? What if I don’t have access to one of the following: computer/laptop/tablet, microphone, reliable internet access, webcam?

    • Please contact the Orientation & Transition Experiences at orientation@umn.edu if any of these apply to you. 

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