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What You Need to Know

Click through the drop down menus below to get answers to some of the commonly asked questions about Welcome Week Transfer Track.

Your Welcome Week Experience

  • At RecWell Open House you'll have a chance to see all the RecWell has to offer. Try a group fitness class or check out the miles of exercise equipment - plus you'll enjoy free food, fun, tshirts, and more!
  • Join your new classmates as we close down Mall of America exclusively for you and the rest of the new U of M students with unlimited rides at Nick Universe and behind the scenes tours of the Sea Life aquarium.
  • Check out the Student Events & Entertainment Showcase where students take over the Union for amazing performances, activities, and giveaways.
  • Enjoy Pride & Spirit where you will learn about Gopher athletics traditions and and be part of the giant M photo!

You will learn about these events as you complete your Welcome Week Event Selection starting in Mid-July and can get a head start by downloading the U Minnesota App and exploring the New Tranfer Students Guide.

When you come to the University, you'll be part of many communities, both on and off of campus. During Welcome Week, you'll have the opportunity to connect with them each in different ways. 

Transfer Student Community

New transfer students will be grouped together and accompanied to events by the Transfer Student Leaders who can help you develop connections with your new peers. You will also have the chance to connect with other new students at some of the major events like Pride & Spirit.

College Community

You will spend a half day with your college of enrollment meeting faculty, staff members, and fellow transfer students in your College of Enrollment. This will follow your Official Transfer Student Welcome program.

U of M Community

You will explore the U of M campus in its entirety by learning to use the Campus Connector to navigate East Bank, West Bank, and St. Paul campus.  There are some events during Welcome Week where the Class of 2024 and new Transfer students will be together in one space, for example you will take an entering class photo in the shape of the “M” at Pride & Spirit.

Twin Cities Community

Your U of M Community extends into the local businesses and non-profit organizations throughout the Twin Cities. You will explore areas off-campus so you can learn to take advantage of all the Twin Cities has to offer as well as participate in Community Engagement sessions and Explore U so you can find out more about opportunities in the area.By the end of the week you’ll have all the tools you need to start your first semester and make the University of Minnesota your own.

The short answer: You won't want to miss it.

Welcome Week is the University’s way of ensuring you have a purposeful start to your college journey. Transfer students are strongly encouraged to attend events in the Transfer Track in addition to events designed for all new students (Welcome Week is required for the Class of 2024). The choice to attend is similar to the decisions you’ll be making every day of your undergraduate career—whether to attend class or not, whether to meet with your academic adviser or not, or whether to get involved in student activities. To help you balance your self-care during Welcome Week while maximizing your experience, the Transfer Student Leaders can help you identify down times during Welcome Week when you can step away from the program to recharge. You will want to make a plan with them that fits your needs and incorporates the campus traditions that you won't want to miss! 

Not convinced? How about this research…

Based on over 10 years of assessment data, we know that students who attend Welcome Week have a greater sense of belonging on campus, and higher fall & spring GPAs than students who did not participate in Welcome Week.

Do you have a conflict?

We understand that some Transfer Students may have conflicts during parts of Welcome Week and may not be able to attend every event. We encourage you to participate as much as you are able because there are parts of the week you won't want to miss! If you have questions about planning your schedule, be sure to ask a Transfer Student Leader during Orientation or contact the Orientation & Transition Experiences office.

Welcome Week Accommodations

Transfer Student Leaders will assist you to events once you are on campus, but you are responsible for getting yourself to campus.

  • Walking - You will be walking a lot during Welcome Week (see Special Accommodations if you need assistance) be sure to wear appropriate footwear.
  • Busing/Light Rail - If you’re purchasing a U-Pass for the semester, you’ll find it comes in handy during Welcome Week.
  • Driving - If you drive to campus you can park for free in the East River Road Garage with a parking voucher you may pick up in 315 Coffman Union each day during Welcome Week.
  • Biking - Be sure you have a secure bike lock and helmet ready for your ride.  Click here to find bicycle parking and bike maps.

Learn more about commuting to campus and updates on construction at Parking & Transportation’s website.

If you apply for housing by the May 1 deadline and select to live on campus for the Fall, you will receive a letter by the end of July informing you of your housing assignment, move in date and time. If you are participating in Welcome Week as a new Transfer Student, contact Housing & Residential Life to let them know you'll need an early move-in date. More information can be found at Housing & Residential Life's web site.

If you’re not living in on-campus housing, you will need to ensure your living arrangements are solidified prior to August 31 as housing is not provided during Welcome Week. 

As a Transfer Student, some meals are provided for you at no cost during Welcome Week from Wednesday, August 28-Saturday, September 1:

  • Wednesday: Dinner before Pride & Spirit
  • Thursday: Dinner at Transfer Tailgate before the Gopher Football Game
  • Friday: Lunch at the Zero Waste Lunch and Dinner with your TSL
  • Saturday: Lunch at UTSB Slice & Advice

You will let us know about your dietary restrictions when you complete the Welcome Week Event Selection and should plan on providing some of your own meals. If you are a transfer student living on-campus and have a University Dining Plan, the contract will begein with Brunch on Saturday, September 5. Details can be found within Welcome Week Event Selection as well as the U Minnesota Mobile App to help with your planning.


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 have a confidential discussion about accommodations, please contact the Disability Resource Center (DRC) at 612-626-1333 or as soon as possible. Some accommodations may take a few weeks to arrange.

Mobility Issues

If you have a short-term disability (i.e. broken leg) and would have difficulty walking long distances during Orientation, please contact the Orientation & Transition Experiences office for accommodations at 800-234-1979.

Mobility accommodations for Welcome Week can be indicated on Welcome Week Event Selection.

Dietary Accommodations

Vegetarian options are available during all meals. Dietary accommodations for Welcome Week beyond vegetarian can be indicated on Welcome Week Event Selection. If you have any questions, contact our office at (800) 234-1979 or (612) 624-1979 at least two weeks prior to Welcome Week.

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