Incoming Transfer

Your Gopher Transition

Orientation & Transition Experiences is here to support you in your transition to the University of Minnesota. From completing your New Student Checklist to participating in Orientation and Welcome Week, our goal is to provide you with information, experiences, and resources to help you succeed in your time at the U of M. 

Checklist - Orientation - Welcome Week

New Student Checklist

About two months before Orientation starts, you will be able to access your New Student Checklist. This will allow you to complete the Tell Us About Yourself survey, select an Orientation date, and begin placement testing. It will also list any other college-specific tasks to prepare you for Orientation and the start of the academic year. We will send you an email when your checklist is ready to begin!


Orientation is required of all new students. Throughout the Orientation program, you will learn about University resources, meet with an academic advisor, and register for classes. Orientation takes place in two parts: the Orientation Prep Course and a one-day Orientation program that will take place either remotely or in-person.

Welcome Week

Welcome Week is a week-long event where you will learn to navigate campus, spend time in small groups, engage with campus and community resources, and participate in campus traditions. Transfer students are highly encouraged to participate in Welcome Week Transfer Track.

What To Do Now


First things first, you need to Claim Your University Email Account. Email is the official method of communication at the U of M. All messages about the University (finances, class registration, events, etc.) are sent to your U of M email, so it is a good idea to start checking it now. You can check your email at


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.


Check out our new financial aid resources page for a step-by-step guide for both incoming and current transfer students.


Planning to live on campus? We offer several options for transfer students, but housing is limited so don't wait to apply! Apply today at and find housing tips to help you have a smooth transition to campus at
Questions?: [email protected]

Connect with Transfers & OTE

Connect with other transfer students and get updates from Orientation & Transition Experiences by joining the U of M Transfer Students Facebook Group.
Follow us on Instagram @oteumn for updates, tips for your transition to the University, and more.