Incoming Freshmen

Orientation & Transition Experiences is here to support you in your transition to the U of M. Our New Student Orientation and Welcome Week programs will provide a solid introduction to academic and personal life at the U of M prior to the start of classes. Once the semester is underway there are a number of experiences you can take advantage of to address your personal needs. Our staff and student peers are here to help you - and before you know it you could be one of the students helping next year’s class as they start their U of M journey!

First Things First

Claim your University of Minnesota Student Internet Account and U of M email

Email is the official method of communication at the U of M. Start checking your U of M email now for important updates from the University. To learn more: To check email:

Apply for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online

We encourage you to apply for financial aid. Information on various types of aid programs as well the University's financial aid timeline is available at the One Stop website.

Apply for Housing

Planning to live on campus? First-year students who submit their housing application and $50 non-refundable housing application fee by May 1, as well as submit their $200 housing guarantee payment by May 15 are guaranteed a space in housing.

Apply online:
Questions?: [email protected]

Join the Class of 2025 Facebook Group

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 [email protected]. Only confirmed freshmen in the Class of 2025 will be allowed to join.