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Orientation Resources

Orientation is an opportunity to connect with campus resources and learn about your life at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. 

Below you will find a schedule of the live presentations all meant to provide you with the information you need to transition to the University of Minnesota, followed by pre-recorded presentations and resources.  

Do you have parents or family supporting your transition to the U of M? Encourage them to check out the Parent & Family Resource Page.

Gold Book

Gold Book is a guidebook to help you and your family in your first year at the University. Gold Book is designed to support your transition and includes sections on Life at the U of M, Learning at the U of M, and Your Next Steps. It will introduce you to some of the University’s departments and services—and the people, places, and things that will be a part of your daily life. Read and refer to this book as you prepare for your transition this fall. You will receive a physical copy of Gold Book in August.

Explore Gold Book

Friday Gopher Sessions

Sessions will take place on June 11, June 25, July 2, July 16, July 23, and August 27. All sessions are listed in central time. 

International Global Gophers & Families

ISSS is hosting the Global Gopher Events on August 27 at 8 a.m. central. Register for the Global Gopher event.


Welcome to Friday Gopher Sessions! Join us for a welcome and overview of the day!

Pieces of the Puzzle (POP)

During POP you will have the opportunity to watch and discuss various scenarios, hypotheticals, and situations that may occur during your time at the University. This production is written specifically for the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.


Find out about the computer resources available to students. Topics include computer hardware and software discounts; University email; Google Apps for the U of M; preparing your computer for the residence hall network; computer labs, file sharing/storage, security, and where to go for technology help.


The session is typically 25 minutes and covers a range of money-saving strategies for students and families. We use the cost of attendance budget for explaining how financial aid is calculated and how students/families can seek to save on short and long-term expenses.


Are you undecided about your major? This session shares tips on how to explore the 140+ majors at the University of Minnesota. You will hear how other U of M students found their major, learn about helpful campus resources, and develop strategies to get you started in the exploration process. Both students and families are welcome to attend!

Pieces of the Puzzle (POP)

During POP you will have the opportunity to watch and discuss various scenarios, hypotheticals, and situations that may occur during your time at the University. This production is written specifically for the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.

OL Panel

Join the Orientation Leaders, who are current students, as they answer your questions about life at the University of Minnesota! From academic resources to getting around campus, joining student groups to housing, the OLs will share their individual experiences.  


Join us for an overview of the U's academic learning support services, including the University Libraries.  We will highlight a number of support areas including: tutoring, research, writing, media, and success skills support.  

Boynton Health is Taking Care of U

Boynton Health is your on-campus health service with clinics on the East Bank and St. Paul campuses. Our goal is to provide the highest quality of care for you in a culture that supports equity, inclusion, and respect. This session will cover what kind of care students can receive at Boynton, as well as information about our Student Health Benefit Plan.

University Honors Program

The session will inform both student and parent of various components of the program from curricular offerings to co-curricular offerings to advising and in building community.


Attendees will learn more about the fraternity and sorority community - a community of nearly 3,000 students and almost 60 organizations.  Participants will understand the value of membership, minimum expectations, and requirements, and learn how to join one of our four councils throughout the year.  Staff and students from the Office for Fraternity and Sorority Life will be available to share information and answer questions.


Meet career services staff, learn what we do, and how you can connect with us. We will give you some tips on getting started thinking about your career journey and answer any of your questions!


The Department of Public Safety is committed to partnering with our campus community to ensure our students, faculty, staff, and visitors are safe. We focus on providing exceptional public safety services to our diverse campus community. We believe everyone deserves a safe and secure learning environment.


Pre-Recorded Sessions and Resources

Take advantage of the full Golden Gopher experience in one of our supportive on-campus communities—each with its own unique feel, pace, and proximity to campus amenities such as libraries, fitness centers, activities, and much more. Discover new interests, new friendships, and new perspectives living with students from around the world.

View the Living on Campus Presentation

What to Bring for Living on Campus

On-Campus Dining

Explore the Housing & Residential Life Website

Everything you need to know about registration, financial aid, billing, payment, student records, and veterans’ benefits and resources is available from One Stop.

Watch: Introduction to One Stop

The U Card is the Official University of Minnesota Identification Card. It gives you access to residence halls, University buildings, athletic events & more!

Watch: U Card Orientation Video

Between studying, working, and having a social life, you’ve got a lot on your plate. TCF is here to help make managing your money as easy as possible!

Watch: TCF Presentation

The Center for Academic Planning & Exploration (CAPE) provides personalized services to help undergraduate students develop an action plan to aid in the major and career decision-making process.

Watch: Finding a Major that Fits You

Learn about the University's cost of attendance budget and come up with a plan to manage costs, save, and plan for success!

Watch Managing College Costs

Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) facilitates safe and effective integrated transportation systems that provide services for pedestrians, bicycles, transit, and vehicles.

Watch: Navigating the University

There are over 800 first-year commuter students and 3,000 transfer students living off-campus. Students who commute to campus may have different needs and priorities than students who live on-campus.

Watch: Commuter Resource Video

The Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence (MCAE) is a community-based space focused on the academic experiences of first-generation students, students of Color, and American Indian students.

Explore the MCAE Website

View the MCAE Presentation

The Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life (GSC) is the University of Minnesota’s LGBTQIA+ campus resource center. We coordinate programs, services, and resources that uplift intersectional LGBTQIA+ realities and lived experiences.

Explore the GSC Website

The Women’s Center advances gender equity across identities. Serving students, staff, and faculty of all genders, we advance an empowering intellectual environment, educate and inspire bold feminist leaders, and advocate for an equitable University culture and world.

Explore the Women's Resource Center Website

The University of Minnesota values diverse identities and experiences, and honors disability as an important aspect of human diversity. The Disability Resource Center (DRC) serves as a central resource for students, faculty, and staff to collectively address barriers to access on our campus. The Student Access team works with students to identify barriers and, in collaboration with faculty and staff, determine reasonable accommodations to reduce or remove those barriers. If you have a disability and would like to discuss accommodations related to your orientation experience or otherwise, please contact the DRC at 612-626-1333 or

Explore the DRC Website

International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) is dedicated to serving the University of Minnesota’s international community. ISSS supports the University’s internationalization efforts by helping departments bring new foreign nationals into the community; by providing intercultural training for students, staff, and faculty; and by offering events that build links between the U.S. and international communities on campus.

Watch the Global Gopher Student Webinar

Fraternity and Sorority Life provides engagement opportunities for more than 3,400 students in one of 60 fraternities or sororities, governed by one of four student-led councils.

Watch: Fraternity & Sorority Life

Explore and become familiar with campus resources located on East Bank, West Bank, and St. Paul areas of campus at the Virtual Resource Fair.

Explore the Virtual Resource Fair

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