Freshman Orientation

Here are a few things you need to do to get started as a new student in the College of Liberal Arts (CLA):

1. Admissions

If you haven't already done so, you first must apply to the University of Minnesota.

2. New Student Checklist

After Admissions has processed your application and you have been accepted into the College of Liberal Arts, you must complete the New Student Checklist (available March 27, 2024 at 6:00am for Fall 2024 semester admits), where you will:  

  • Confirm your CLA orientation date.  
  • Answer surveys about yourself.
  • Take placement tests for mathematics, chemistry, and second language.

3. Orientation

Complete your orientation, where you will:  

  • Learn about University resources.
  • Connect with a college advisor.
  • Register for classes.

Before Your CLA Orientation Date: 

  • Initiate your University of Minnesota Internet account. You will need your Internet ID and password to sign up for orientation, register for classes, and access the University's online resources. 
  • Apply for housing. On-campus housing is guaranteed for first-year students. 
  • Complete your CLA New Student Checklist. Beginning March 27, 2024 at 6:00am (Central Time) for Fall semester admits reserve your orientation date by logging into your CLA New Student Checklist. After you complete a questionnaire, you will choose an orientation date. The New Student Checklist is required and will help you prepare to meet with your Academic Advisor.
  • International students should also review the International Student Checklist.
  • Take your placement tests online. All first-year students must take the math placement test. Depending on your goals and skill level, you may also need to take placement tests in chemistry and second language. 
  • Upload your University ID card photo. Your University ID card is called your U Card. U Card Photo Upload allows you to upload the photo of your choice prior to orientation.
  • Report results of Advanced Placement exams, International Baccalaureate course awards, or credits earned through PSEO or College in Schools to the Office of Admissions. 
  • Consider taking a Freshman Seminar taught by award-winning faculty on a broad variety of fascinating topics. 
  • Check your U of M email regularly. It's the official method of communication at the University of Minnesota.

After CLA Orientation:

  • You will complete a post-orientation checklist to make sure you have everything done before classes begin.
  • If you are starting in the fall, attend Welcome Week to complement your orientation experience.