Orientation Resources

Orientation is an opportunity to connect with campus resources and learn about your life at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.

Below you will find a schedule of the live presentations all meant to provide you with the information you need to transition to the University of Minnesota, followed by pre-recorded presentations and resources.;

Do you have parents or family supporting your transition to the U of M? Encourage them to check out the Parent & Family Resource Page.

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Gold Book

Gold Book is a guidebook to help you and your family in your first year at the University. Gold Book is designed to support your transition and includes sections on Life at the U of M, Learning at the U of M, and Your Next Steps. It will introduce you to some of the University’s departments and services—and the people, places, and things that will be a part of your daily life. Read and refer to this book as you prepare for your transition this fall. You will receive a physical copy of Gold Book in August.

Explore Gold Book

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Pre-Recorded Sessions and Resources

Housing & Residential Life

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Take advantage of the full Golden Gopher experience in one of our supportive on-campus communities—each with its own unique feel, pace, and proximity to campus amenities such as libraries, fitness centers, activities, and much more. Discover new interests, new friendships, and new perspectives living with students from around the world.

View the Living on Campus Presentation

What to Bring for Living on Campus

On-Campus Dining

Explore the Housing & Residential Life Website

One Stop

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Everything you need to know about registration, financial aid, billing, payment, student records, and veterans’ benefits and resources is available from One Stop.

Watch: Introduction to One Stop

U Card

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The U Card is the Official University of Minnesota Identification Card. It gives you access to residence halls, University buildings, athletic events & more!

Watch: U Card Orientation Video

TCF Bank

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Between studying, working, and having a social life, you’ve got a lot on your plate. TCF is here to help make managing your money as easy as possible!

Watch: TCF Presentation

Exploring Majors

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The Center for Academic Planning & Exploration (CAPE) provides personalized services to help undergraduate students develop an action plan to aid in the major and career decision-making process.

Watch: Finding a Major that Fits You

Managing College Costs

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Learn about the University's cost of attendance budget and come up with a plan to manage costs, save, and plan for success!

Watch Managing College Costs

Navigating the University

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Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) facilitates safe and effective integrated transportation systems that provide services for pedestrians, bicycles, transit, and vehicles.

Watch: Navigating the University

Commuter Resources

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There are over 800 first-year commuter students and 3,000 transfer students living off-campus. Students who commute to campus may have different needs and priorities than students who live on-campus.

Watch: Commuter Resource Video


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The Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence (MCAE) is a community-based space focused on the academic experiences of first-generation students, students of Color, and American Indian students.

Explore the MCAE Website

View the MCAE Presentation

Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life (GSC)

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The Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life (GSC) is the University of Minnesota’s LGBTQIA+ campus resource center. We coordinate programs, services, and resources that uplift intersectional LGBTQIA+ realities and lived experiences.

Explore the GSC Website

Women's Center

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The Women’s Center advances gender equity across identities. Serving students, staff, and faculty of all genders, we advance an empowering intellectual environment, educate and inspire bold feminist leaders, and advocate for an equitable University culture and world.

Explore the Women's Resource Center Website

Disability Resource Center (DRC)

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The University of Minnesota values diverse identities and experiences, and honors disability as an important aspect of human diversity. The Disability Resource Center (DRC) serves as a central resource for students, faculty, and staff to collectively address barriers to access on our campus. The Student Access team works with students to identify barriers and, in collaboration with faculty and staff, determine reasonable accommodations to reduce or remove those barriers. If you have a disability and would like to discuss accommodations related to your orientation experience or otherwise, please contact the DRC at 612-626-1333 or [email protected].

Explore the DRC Website

International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS)

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International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) is dedicated to serving the University of Minnesota’s international community. ISSS supports the University’s internationalization efforts by helping departments bring new foreign nationals into the community; by providing intercultural training for students, staff, and faculty; and by offering events that build links between the U.S. and international communities on campus.

Watch the Global Gopher Student Webinar

Fraternity and Sorority Life

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Fraternity and Sorority Life provides engagement opportunities for more than 3,400 students in one of 60 fraternities or sororities, governed by one of four student-led councils.

Watch: Fraternity & Sorority Life

Virtual Resource Fair

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Explore and become familiar with campus resources located on East Bank, West Bank, and St. Paul areas of campus at theVirtual Resource Fair.

Explore the Virtual Resource Fair