What You Need to Know
Prior to your Orientation date, you will receive an email with specific instructions to help prepare for your time on campus.
Orientation has two major components:
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.
At your two-day, on-campus Orientation, you will meet with your academic advisor and register for Fall 2024 courses. Your program includes spending the night in residence hall; you can learn more about this requirement in the Overnight Accommodations section. Attending your Orientation is required.
View an example of the Orientation Schedule at a Glance
Instructions for accessing your personal schedule will be provided 2-3 days prior to your Orientation date.
Accommodating Your Needs
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 [email protected] as soon as possible. Some accommodations may take time to arrange. You may also schedule a consultation here.
If you have a short-term disability (i.e. broken leg) and would have difficulty traveling long distances during Orientation, please contact the Orientation & Transition Experiences office for accommodations at [email protected].
You will indicate your dietary accommodation needs on your Tell Us About Yourself survey. If you have a change to your needs, please visit your New Student Checklist and update your survey.
Accessing the Orientation Prep Course
The Orientation Prep Course is a step on your New Student Checklist which you can access at checklist.umn.edu.
Before You Begin
Review the following items to make sure you are prepared:
- You will need your University of Minnesota Internet ID (x500) and password. For more information, or to claim your account, please visit IT New Students: Start Using Technologies.
- Use a device (computer, laptop, or tablet) that has audio functionality.
- Although other browsers can be used, the Orientation Prep Course is best viewed by using Chrome, Firefox, or Safari.
- Although it is not required, we recommend using broadband, high-speed Internet access.
Accessing the Orientation Prep Course
You will access the Orientation Prep Course, supported by the University's Canvas course management system, on your New Student Checklist. Canvas is the system faculty use in all coursework, so this as an opportunity to get comfortable using Canvas. It may take up to an hour to complete the Orientation Prep Course, and you will need to make sure you have enough time to complete the course prior to your Orientation.
Enroll and log on to the Canvas site using your U of M Internet ID and password.
June & July Orientation Sessions
For students attending Orientation in June and July, a space in Comstock Hall is reserved for you between Day 1 and Day 2 of your Orientation program. All students will be housed with roommates. This overnight is a requirement of the Orientation program; if you need to request an exemption from the overnight requirement, please email [email protected].
August Orientation Sessions
On-campus lodging is NOT provided as part of the Orientation programs in August. However, limited on-campus housing is available on campus at the cost of $38 (including tax) per night. Registration for August on-campus housing has closed.
Accommodations for Additional Nights
If you need to stay an extra night before or after your Orientation date, on-campus space will be available in Yudof Hall. The cost is $38 per night (including tax) and check-in will take place after 3 p.m. on the day of your stay.
Register for On-Campus Accommodations
When you register for accommodations, you may be prompted to create an Iris account.
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 and store your luggage; you will retrieve it when checking into Comstock for your overnight stay.
You can also review off-campus hotels recommended by Orientation & Transition Experiences for the stay before or after your Orientation.
Arrival, Parking, & Luggage
Whether you are driving to campus or arriving via public transit, you can find your way to Orientation using these directions. If driving, please be mindful that morning traffic may cause delays in arriving to campus.
Parking will be in the East River Road Garage.
There are two entrances into East River Road Garage, please make sure you are entering the Public Entrance (pictured) and not the Contract Entrance.
After parking in the East River Road Garage, take the elevator to Level 1/Plaza. Then follow the signs to drop off your overnight bag on the west side entrance of Yudof Hall. Your luggage will be transported by Orientation staff to Comstock Hall, where it will be stored until you are scheduled to pick it up in the early evening. Once you have checked your luggage, head to Coffman Union’s ground floor for Orientation Check-In. Be sure to bring your ID and parking ticket with you for reduced rate validation.
What to Pack
When you check-in to Orientation you will receive some program materials. We recommend you pack your overnight items in a small duffel bag or carry-on. You should bring:
- Backpack with a notebook, and pen/pencil
- Device you use for Duo Security
- Credit/debit card to pay for parking/mobile pay
- Comfortable clothing and shoes
- Umbrella or rain jacket in case of rain
- Light sweater or jacket for air-conditioned rooms
- Device charger
- Toiletries, including soap and towel (bed linens and pillow provided)
You will not have access to your luggage until later in the evening. Plan to carry the items you will need throughout the day (backpack, notebook, devices, charger, etc.) and have your overnight items in a separate bag.