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2021 Welcome Events

Whether this is your first semester on-campus or you've spent the past year finding your favorite study spots, we know the start to the Fall 2021 semester will look and feel different for you. Many departments, groups, and resources across campus will be hosting open houses, helpful sessions, and events throughout the first six weeks of the semester. These events will help you learn how to navigate campus in-person, connect you with campus resources, and promote campus engagement and academic success. 

We have curated this list specifically for the Class of 2024 and Transfer Students who started in Fall 2020, Spring 2021, and Fall 2021; however, many events are open to all students. The calendar is organized by week and day. Read through the list and make note of the events you plan to check out. 

Week 1: September 6 - 12

Date

Time

Event

Audience

Location

Monday, September 6 9:00 - 9:30 a.m.

Virtual UMN Library Website Tour

The Library website (lib.umn.edu) is the place to check for your textbooks, find sources for papers and projects like online journals, magazines, and newspapers. Your tuition dollars pay for sources you can't get from Google. Get an online tour of the Libraries website.

Class of 2024

New Transfers

Returning Transfers

Online
Monday, September 6 9:45 - 10:15 a.m.

Start Strong: Early Semester Planning

Learn new strategies, tools and hacks that can help you for fall semester We will talk about semester planning including the semester calendar, Canvas course tips, and go on virtual visits to the UMN Libraries and success.umn.edu (peer tutoring centers). Get ideas for keeping up the motivation and staying on track in your courses.

Class of 2024

New Transfers

Returning Transfers

Online

Monday, September 6 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Mindful Mondays Free Webinars presented by Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing

Class of 2024

New Transfers

Returning Transfers

Online

Date

Time

Event

Audience

Location

Tuesday, September 7 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. College of Design (CDes) Open House

Class of 2024

Returning Transfers

McNeal Hall Atrium
Tuesday, September 7 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. College of Design (CDes) Open House

Class of 2024

Returning Transfers

HGA Gallery-Rapson Hall
Tuesday, September 7 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. CBS First Day of School Celebration

Class of 2024

New Transfers

Returning Transfers

Molecular and Cellular Biology Building Front Lawn

Date

Time

Event

Audience

Location

Wednesday, September 8 12:00 - 3:00 p.m. CLA Advising Open House Class of 2024 16 Johnston Hall
Wednesday, September 8 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. English Open House (in Our New House!)

Class of 2024

New Transfers

Returning Transfers

Pillsbury Hall, room 412
Wednesday, September 8 3:00 - 3:45 p.m.

Bullet Journaling for Motivation

Start the new semester out right! Learn how to use a bullet journal to increase your motivation, stay organized, set daily goals, and reflect on challenges and accomplishments. Have a notebook/journal and some writing utensils ready, as we'll be starting our journals during the workshop!

Class of 2024

New Transfers

Returning Transfers

Online

Date

Time

Event

Audience

Location

Thursday, September 9 12:00 - 3:00 p.m. CLA Advising Open House Class of 2024 16 Johnston Hall
Thursday, September 9 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Succulents for Success hosted by Student Transition Experiences

Class of 2024

New Transfer

CMU Riverbend Plaza (Rain location: Mayo D325)
Thursday, September 9 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Managing Your New In-Person and Online Classes

Whether you are studying at home or on campus learn some strategies for creating your best possible study environment, and maximizing your time. We'll introduce you to some time management apps, discuss ways to communicate your needs to family and roommates and share some tips for handling email, Canvas, and schedules.

Class of 2024

New Transfers

Returning Transfers

Online

Thursday, September 9 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Earth & Environmental Sciences/ College of Science and Engineering

Open to students from all colleges with an interest in Earth & Environmental Sciences

Class of 2024

New Transfers

Returning Transfers

Tate Hall B20
Thursday, September 9 5:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Start Strong: Early Semester Planning

Learn new strategies, tools, and hacks that can help you for the fall semester We will talk about semester planning including the semester calendar, Canvas course tips, and go on virtual visits to the UMN Libraries and success.umn.edu (peer tutoring centers). Get ideas for keeping up the motivation and staying on track in your courses.

Class of 2024

New Transfers

Returning Transfers

Online

Date

Time

Event

Audience

Location

Friday, September 10 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. CSE Student Services Open House

Class of 2024

New Transfers

Returning Transfers

Nolte Plaza

Date

Time

Event

Audience

Location

Saturday, September 11 7:00 p.m. Campfire Kick-Off hosted by Student Unions and Activities (SUA)

Class of 2024

New Transfers

Returning Transfers

Coffman Memorial Union, Riverbend Plaza
Sunday, September 12 8:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Start Strong: Early Semester Planning

Learn new strategies, tools, and hacks that can help you for the fall semester We will talk about semester planning including the semester calendar, Canvas course tips, and go on virtual visits to the UMN Libraries and success.umn.edu (peer tutoring centers). Get ideas for keeping up the motivation and staying on track in your courses.

Class of 2024

New Transfers

Returning Transfers

Online

Week 2: September 13 - 19

Date

Time

Event

Audience

Location

Monday, September 13 Noon - 1:00 p.m.

Mindful Mondays Free Webinars hosted by Bakke Center for Spirituality & Healing

Class of 2024

New Transfers

Returning Transfers

Online
Monday, September 13 12:15 - 12:45 p.m.

CSE Career Fair Prep Workshop 

Class of 2024

New Transfers

Returning Transfers

Walter Library, Room 402
Monday, September 13 4:00 - 4:30 p.m.

CSE Career Fair Prep Virtual Workshop

Class of 2024

New Transfers

Returning Transfers

Online

Date

Time

Event

Audience

Location

Tuesday, September 14 All Day

UMN Libraries Open Houses! We have a spot for you.
Explore the campus libraries during our Open House event on Tuesday, September 14 (or anytime). Visit and go on a self-guided tour and enter to win a fabulous library prize. Or find your new favorite study spot! Or check out a book! Bring your UCard! The UMN Libraries are a great place to relax between classes, reserve a group study room, print, try the Makerspaces or get a cup of coffee. And remember the website, lib.umn.edu is the place to go to get millions of online books, newspapers, journals and magazines for your research papers.

Class of 2024

New Transfers

Returning Transfers

Wilson Library (West Bank)
Walter Library (East Bank)
Music Library (in Ferguson Hall on West Bank)
Architecture and Landscape Architecture Library (in Rapson Hall on East Bank)
Magrath Library (St. Paul)
Natural Resources Library (in Hodson Hall in St. Paul)
Math Library (in Vincent Library on East Bank)
Health Science Library (start at 5th floor Phillips-Wagensteen Building)

Tuesday, September 14 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Department of Civil, Environmental, & Geo-engineering Open House @ the Courtyard

Class of 2024

New Transfers

Returning Transfers

Civil Engineering Building Courtyard
Tuesday, September 14 12:15 - 12:45 p.m.

CSE Career Fair Prep Workshop 

Class of 2024

New Transfers

Returning Transfers

Walter Library, Room 402

Date

Time

Event

Audience

Location

Wednesday, September 15 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

CDes Open House

Class of 2024

New Transfers

Returning Transfers

HGA Gallery-Rapson Hall

Wednesday, September 15 12:15 - 12:45 p.m.

CSE Virtual Job and Internship Search Strategies Workshop

Class of 2024

New Transfers

Returning Transfers

Online 

Wednesday, September 15 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Anthropology Club Open House

Class of 2024

New Transfers

Returning Transfers

HHH 385 (Anthropology Club Room)

Date

Time

Event

Audience

Location

Thursday, September 16 12:15 - 12:45 p.m.

CSE Virtual Interviewing Workshop

Class of 2024

New Transfers

Returning Transfers

Online

Thursday, September 16 12:30 - 1:00 p.m.

Tips for Taking Notes (IRL and Zoom Lectures)

Watching and listening to lectures is an important part of college. Learn tips and tricks to get the most out of them whether they are IRL (in real life) or online. Become more efficient with your class time and learn how to organize materials to help prepare with quizzes and tests.

Class of 2024

New Transfers

Returning Transfers

Online

Thursday, September 16 1:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Community Engagement Scholars Program (CESP)

Class of 2024

New Transfers

Returning Transfers

Online

Thursday, September 16 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.

CDes Open House

Class of 2024

Returning Transfers

McNeal Hall Atrium

Thursday, September 16 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Bruininks Hall Open House

Class of 2024

New Transfers

Returning Transfers

Table in front of Washington Ave Bridge (between Weisman and Bruininks)

Thursday, September 16 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Appleby Hall Open House

Class of 2024

New Transfers

Returning Transfers

Tables outside on the sidewalk between Appleby and Bruininks

Thursday, September 16 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. University Transfer Student Board (USTB) Information Meeting

New Transfers

Returning Transfers

Room 213, Vincent Hall

Date

Time

Event

Audience

Location

Friday, September 17 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

CSE Virtual Resume Marathon

Class of 2024

New Transfers

Returning Transfers

Online

Friday, September 17 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Transfer Student Workshop: New to the U

New Transfers

Returning Transfers

Bruininks Hall Room 512B

Friday, September 17 2:15 - 2:45 p.m.

Tips and Tools for Fall Semester Planning

Now that Fall semester is underway -- plan the rest of your semester and get organized. Fill out a semester calendar, learn about peer tutoring, explore tools to be more productive and connect with other students.

Class of 2024

New Transfers

Returning Transfers

Walter Library 310

Friday, September 17 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.

Try the Pomodoro Technique (with snacks!)

Meet with fellow students and learn how to use the Pomodoro technique which is a brain-research based study strategy. Have something ready to work on (e.g. reading, homework, problem sets, research, writing, etc.) -- use focused time and get stuff done then take a group break and repeat. Study snacks will be provided. 

Class of 2024

New Transfers

Returning Transfers

Walter Library 310

Friday, September 17 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Second Year Experience Game Night

Class of 2024

Goldy's Game Room

Week 3: September 20 - 26

Date

Time

Event

Audience

Location

Monday, September 20 Noon - 1:00 p.m.

Mindful Mondays Free Webinars

Class of 2024

New Transfers

Returning Transfers

Online

Date

Time

Event

Audience

Location

Tuesday, September 21 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Choose Your Own Adventure: CEHD Open House and Welcome

Class of 2024

Education Sciences Building

Tuesday, September 21 Noon - 1:00 p.m.

Unlocking Your Path to Purposeful Aging with Richard Leider

Class of 2024

New Transfers

Returning Transfers

Online

Tuesday, September 21 Noon - 6:00 p.m.

College of Science and Engineering Fall Career Fair

Class of 2024

New Transfers

Returning Transfers

Online

Tuesday, September 21 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Retail Merchandising & Apparel Design Career Fair

Class of 2024

New Transfers

Returning Transfers

Online

Tuesday, September 21 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Leadership Minor Coffee Talk: What about Love? Love Languages & Love Choices

Class of 2024

New Transfers

Returning Transfers

Online
Tuesday, September 21 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

25+ Transfer Student Hangout

New Transfers

Returning Transfers

Online

Date

Time

Event

Audience

Location

Wednesday, September 22 Noon - 1:00 p.m.

CDes Research Impact Challenge

Class of 2024

New Transfers

Returning Transfers

Online

Wednesday, September 22 12:30 - 1:00 p.m.

Community Engagement Scholars Program (CESP)

Class of 2024

New Transfers

Returning Transfers

Online

Date

Time

Event

Audience

Location

Thursday, September 23 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

CSE Virtual Practice Interview Days

Class of 2024

New Transfers

Returning Transfers

Online

Date

Time

Event

Audience

Location

Friday, September 24 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Hubbard School Student Group Fair

Class of 2024

New Transfers

Returning Transfers

100 Murphy Hall
Friday, September 24 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Transfer Student Workshop: Study Like a Gopher

New Transfers

Returning Transfers

Bruininks Hall, 512B

Week 4: September 27 - October 3

Date

Time

Event

Audience

Location

Monday, September 27 Noon - 1:00 p.m.

Mindful Mondays Free Webinars

Class of 2024

New Transfers

Returning Transfers

Online

Monday, September 27 2:00 - 2:30 p.m.

Community Engagement Scholars Program (CESP)

Class of 2024

New Transfers

Returning Transfers

Online

Date

Time

Event

Audience

Location

Tuesday, September 28 3:00 - 5:30 p.m.

College of Design 15th Anniversary Celebration

Class of 2024

New Transfers

Returning Transfers

McNamara Alumni Center

Date

Time

Event

Audience

Location

Wednesday, September 29 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

CLA Internship & Career Fair

Class of 2024

New Transfers

Returning Transfers

Online
Wednesday, September 29 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Learning Abroad Fair

Class of 2024

New Transfers

Returning Transfers

West Bank Outdoor Plaza
Wednesday, September 29 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Ag, Food, Business Career Fair

Class of 2024

New Transfers

Returning Transfers

Online

Date

Time

Event

Audience

Location

Thursday, September 30 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Around the World in a Day

Class of 2024

New Transfers

Returning Transfers

Online
Thursday, September 30 11:00 a.m. - Noon

CLA Pre-Health 101

New Transfers

Online
Thursday, September 30 Noon - 1:00 p.m.

Networking Online with UMN Alumni

Class of 2024

New Transfers

Returning Transfers

Online
Thursday, September 30 Noon - 3:00 p.m.

Law School Fair at the University of Minnesota

Class of 2024

New Transfers

Returning Transfers

Coffman Great Hall
Thursday, September 30 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Academic Success and Peer Tutoring Fair

Find out about the variety of FREE academic support services that are available to you—drop-in tutoring, study groups, academic coaching, research support, credit classes, and online tools and tutorials. Talk with tutors and representatives of these services from the East Bank, West Bank and St. Paul who are here to support your academic success. 

Class of 2024

New Transfers

Returning Transfers

Northrop Plaza

Date

Time

Event

Audience

Location

Friday, October 1 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Built Environment Career Fair

Class of 2024

New Transfers

Returning Transfers

Online
Friday, October 1 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Transfer Student Workshop: Freaky Fast Finances

New Transfers

Returning Transfers

Bruininks Hall 512B

Date

Time

Event

Audience

Location

Saturday, October 2 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Student Leadership Summit

Class of 2024

New Transfers

Returning Transfers

Coffman Memorial Union

Week 5: October 4 - 10

Date

Time

Event

Audience

Location

Monday, October 4 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

CDes Foundations Funding Workshop

Class of 2024

New Transfers

Returning Transfers

Online

Monday, October 4 Noon - 1:00 p.m.

Mindful Mondays Free Webinars

Class of 2024

New Transfers

Returning Transfers

Online

Date

Time

Event

Audience

Location

Tuesday, October 5 2:30 - 3:00 p.m.

Community Engagement Scholars Program (CESP)

Class of 2024

New Transfers

Returning Transfers

Online

Date

Time

Event

Audience

Location

Wednesday, October 6 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Anthropology Club Game/Movie Night

Class of 2024

New Transfers

Returning Transfers

HHH 385 (Anthropology Club Room)

Date

Time

Event

Audience

Location

Thursday, October 7 Noon - 1:00 p.m.

Applying to Law School Webinar

New Transfers

Returning Transfers

Online

Date

Time

Event

Audience

Location

Friday, October 8 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Transfer Student Workshop: Preparing for Your Future Career

New Transfers

Returning Transfers

Bruininks Hall 512B

Week 6: October 11 - 17

Date

Time

Event

Audience

Location

Monday, October 11 Noon - 1:00 p.m.

Mindful Mondays Free Webinars

Class of 2024

New Transfers

Returning Transfers

Online

Date

Time

Event

Audience

Location

Tuesday, October 12 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Earth & Environment Science Carer Fair

Class of 2024

New Transfers

Returning Transfers

Tate Hall Atrium

Date

Time

Event

Audience

Location

Wednesday, October 13 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Health Management Job & Internship Fair

Class of 2024

New Transfers

Returning Transfers

Online

Date

Time

Event

Audience

Location

Friday, October 15 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Transfer Student Workshop: Pause & Plan

New Transfers

Returning Transfers

Bruininks Hall 512B

Ongoing Opportunities

Speak to a One Stop Counselor

One Stop provides expert advice regarding registration, financial aid, billing, payment, student records, and veterans benefits.

Libraries Workshop

Jump-start your semester and learn new strategies, tools, and hacks that can help you this fall. From tips and tricks on time management, getting started with online research or a new skill like bullet journaling or forest bathing. Visit the Libraries website to see the most up-to-date calendar of events and register for workshops.

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