What You Need to Know

We look forward to seeing you at your January Orientation!  On this page, you will find important information for your Orientation experience.

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Important Actions for Your Orientation Day

Complete Your Orientation Prep Course

You must complete your Orientation Prep Course and pass the college content quiz in Module 4 with a score of 80% or higher before your Orientation day. You can access your Orientation Prep Course on your New Student Checklist.

Note: The checkmark on your New Student Checklist may take up to 48 hours to appear once you have completed the course.

Orientation Schedule

You can find your personalized schedule on the Orientation Hub at orientation.umn.edu. We encourage you to review your personalized schedule before your Orientation day so you know what to expect and when you will need to attend sessions.

Remote Orientation - January 5, 6, 11, & 13

Your Orientation day will start at 8:45 a.m. (central) via Zoom. The links to each of your sessions will populate in your Orientation Hub on your Orientation day.

On-Campus Orientation - January 7 & 10

Check-in will begin at 8:30 a.m. on the ground floor of Coffman Memorial Union. All locations for your sessions will populate in the Orientation Hub. We recommend taking a screenshot of your Hub at the beginning of the day.

Directions for Accessing Orientation

Remote Orientation - January 5, 6, 11, & 13

You will access your Orientation sessions via Zoom. Get ready for your Orientation day by setting up your U of M Zoom account. Log in to your U of M Zoom account on the device you will use for Orientation before your scheduled start time to ensure you are ready for a successful experience. Using a Chromebook? Make sure you are using the Chromebook Zoom App.

Get in the Gopher spirit by downloading and using U of M Transfer Zoom virtual backgrounds!

On-Campus Orientation - January 7 & 10

Whether you are driving to campus or arriving via public transit, you can find your way to Orientation using the information at https://ote.umn.edu/about-ote/driving-directions.

Reduced-rate parking is available in the East River Road Garage, located at 385 East River Parkway, Minneapolis, MN 55455. When you enter the parking garage, take your ticket and keep it with you. Then, bring your ticket with you to the Orientation Information Booth to receive your reduced rate.

COVID-19, Vaccines, and Masks

The COVID-19 vaccine is required for all students. As a student, you must complete the Student COVID-19 Immunization Vaccination Form. Report your vaccination status now at z.umn.edu/vaxreporting.

The University requires face masks to be worn in enclosed and indoor spaces. All students will receive one cloth U of M mask for future use at either on-campus Orientation or Transfer Welcome Day. You should also plan to bring your own masks to use during the semester.

On-Campus Orientation - January 7 & 10

Out of an abundance of caution, on-campus Orientation participants will be provided with a KN95 mask to wear during your Orientation day. 

If you are feeling ill or having symptoms of COVID-19, do not come to on-campus Orientation. Contact your college to change your date to the remote program.

Get Ready for Advising

During your Orientation day you will meet with an academic advisor and register for your fall classes. It will be helpful to have paper and a writing utensil for your advising meeting. Before your appointment, you should:

You should plan to attend your advising appointment without parents or other family members present.

Gopher Transitions App (On-Campus Orientation)

The Gopher Transitions App is your event guide for on-campus Orientation. From accessing the schedule to getting information about lost & found, the Gopher Transitions App provides you with information you need to know for a successful Orientation.

  • Download the Gopher Transitions App on either the Apple App Store or Google Play
  • Create an account using your U of M email address by clicking on the gold circle
  • Start exploring the event guide, meet people in communities, and discover other resources

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Questions & Support

Accomodating 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.

Questions and Support

Our Orientation staff is readily available to assist you with your Orientation experience and/or questions about the University. Feel free to contact us at [email protected] or 612-624-1979.