Wednesday, September 1 - Monday, September 6, 2021
Welcome Week is the next step (after New Student Orientation) in your transition to the University of Minnesota. You will meet fellow new students, spend time with your college of enrollment, learn more about U of M, and explore the Twin Cities community. Welcome Week will help you feel more comfortable and confident as you start your experience at the U and begin classes, not to mention it is a lot of fun! You will get to participate in key campus traditions including Pride & Spirit (featuring the annual “M” photo on the football field) and more!
Transfer students are highly encouraged to participate as much as they are able to during Welcome Week. Students who participate in Welcome Week report having an easier time navigating campus and feeling more confident during their first semester on campus.
Welcome Week Information & Logistics
There are several events designed just for transfer students in mind including:
- Transfer Welcome
- College Activities
- Chat & Chew
- Slice & Advice
There are also several events open to all new undergraduates:
- Pride & Spirit
- Football Game
- Campus Exploration Day
- Engagement Sessions
- Explore U
Welcome Week Registration
Welcome Week Registration is an online inventory to help introduce you to your Welcome Week schedule. Throughout the inventory, you will be asked a series of questions about your preferences for specific events during Welcome Week. Your responses will allow us to create the personalized schedule that you will receive at Welcome Week Check-in.
Check your email for your personalized Welcome Week Registration. If you do not complete your registration a Welcome Week schedule will be created for you. If you have questions about what you selected, ask your Transfer Student Leaders when you meet them at your first small group meeting on Wednesday, September 1. If you experience technical difficulties with the Welcome Week Registration please contact OTE during regular office hours.
Move In & Housing
If you are living on campus, you will move in prior to the start of Welcome Week sessions and events. All on-campus moving and housing information can be found on the Housing and Residence Life webpage.
If you’re not living in on-campus housing, you will need to ensure you can move into your apartment/house prior to September 1 as housing is not provided during Welcome Week. More specific information for students living off-campus will be sent in August.
If you live in an on-campus residence hall, meals are provided during Welcome Week beginning with brunch on Wednesday, September 1 through dinner Friday, September 3. University Dining Services contracts begin with brunch on Saturday, September 4. Flexdine will be available for students who have meal plans prior to Welcome Week meals starting.
If you live off-campus and do not have a University Dining Services contract, you will have the opportunity to pre-register for meals offered on Wednesday, September 1-Sunday, September 4 when you complete the Welcome Week Registration. You can also use this online tool to indicate dietary needs.
There are dining options available in some Residential Restaurants prior to the start of Welcome Week. Please visit M Dining for specific locations and hours.
Welcome Week 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. Bring your parking ticket to the Welcome Week Info Booth on the ground floor of Coffman Memorial Union (CMU) between 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
- Biking- Be sure you have a secure bike lock and helmet ready for your ride. Utilize bicycle parking and bike maps to bike around campus safely.
Learn more about commuting to campus and updates on construction from Parking & Transportation.
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 a few weeks to arrange.
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 through Welcome Week Registration (available mid-July).
Vegetarian options will be available through all provided meals.
Dietary accommodations for Welcome Week can be indicated through Welcome Week Registration (available mid-July).
At this point in time, Welcome Week 2021 is planned to be an in-person experience. New students should plan to participate in Welcome Week September 1-6, 2021. As the University of Minnesota, State, and Federal guidelines are updated as part of Covid-19 response, we will adjust the Welcome Week program. We will keep incoming students informed of any changes to the program. Welcome Week is a critical component in each students' transition, and it is full of useful content to help you as you are beginning your time at the U of M Twin Cities.