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What you need to know

Prior to your orientation date, you will get an email with instructions for arriving at orientation. You can always check here for arrival information. 

Orientation packing checklist

  • University Internet ID and memorized password
  • Your seven-digit student ID number (you will need to provide it during the orientation process)
  • $7.00 per day for parking
  • Photo ID for U Card
  • Notebook and pen or pencil
  • Comfortable clothing and shoes (air conditioned buildings)
  • Backpack for materials
  • Umbrella in case of rain
  • Driving directions to campus

Overnight items

Overnight required for freshmen students participating in the June and July programs. There are no overnight accommodations available in August.

  • Overnight toiletries
  • A pillow, sheets, blanket and towel will be provided

Check-in for New Student Orientation is in Coffman Memorial Union. Parking for Orientation is in the East River Road Garage (public entrance), located on the East Bank of the Minneapolis Campus. At Orientation, you will receive a parking voucher allowing you to park in the East River Road Garage for $7 per day.

Driving directions

June/July Programs

A space in Comstock Hall is reserved for you between your Day 1 and Day 2 of your Orientation program (required stay).

If you need to stay an extra night before or after your Orientation date, space will be available in Yudof Hall. The cost is $36 per night, including tax, payment and registration take place online. Check in anytime after 3 p.m.

Please note: If you stay in Yudof the night prior to your Orientation date, you will need to check out of Yudof before you check-in for Orientation. You can bring your luggage to the Orientation Day 1 luggage table just outside Yudof. We will then move your luggage to Comstock Hall, where you will retrieve it when checking into Comstock for your overnight stay.

Additional night room reservations can be made here.

  • August Programs
    August 21-22 or 22-23
    On-campus lodging is NOT provided as part of the Orientation programs in August. However, limited on campus housing (Centennial Hall) is available on campus at the cost of $36 including tax per night. You can register online starting on Aug 1.
  • August 26-27
    Students who attend Orientation on this date AND who have a Fall 2019 on campus housing contract have the opportunity to move-in early on Sunday, August 25 but you must make prior arrangements with Housing & Residential Life. You will be able to complete an Early Move-in Request here. Students are required to pay $30 per night for Sunday and Monday night which will be billed to your student account.
  • Otherwise there will be no overnight accommodations available for this Orientation program.

The following hotels are recommended by Orientation & Transition Experiences for your overnight stay.

  • Disability
    We value disability as an aspect of diversity and want to ensure that you are able to fully participate in all programming available to you. If you have a disability or health condition, or suspect you have one, and would like to have a confidential discussion about accommodations, please contact the

    Disability Resource Center (DRC) at 612-626-1333 or drc@umn.edu as soon as possible. Some accommodations may take a few weeks to arrange.

    You are also welcome to visit the DRC (180 McNamara) at the end of Day 2 of orientation for a brief informational meeting.  However, if you would like to register with the DRC to arrange formal accommodations, you would need to schedule an initial appointment in advance.

  • Mobility
    If you have a short-term disability (i.e. broken leg) and would have difficulty walking long distances during Orientation, please contact the Orientation & Transition Experiences office for accommodations at 800-234-1979.
  • Dietary Accommodations
    Vegetarian options are available. If you are in need of additional dietary accommodations besides vegetarian, please contact our office at (800) 234-1979 or (612) 624-1979 two weeks prior to your orientation date.
  • Religious Observances - include Ramadan Holiday
    Will you be observing Ramadan during your Orientation? If so, please contact Orientation & Transition Experiences at (800) 234-1979 or (612) 624-1979 to schedule your meals and request any golf cart accommodations.
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