Orientation Dates

How to Select Your Orientation Date
Students select and confirm their Orientation
date as part of the New Student Checklist.

If you have questions, contact class@umn.edu or call the CLA Student Services Office at 612-625-2020.

As a new first-year or transfer student, you are required to complete your New Student Checklist and attend Orientation to help you prepare for a successful academic experience at the University of Minnesota.

Visit the Orientation & Transition Experiences for additional information about Orientation. The website includes: Sample Orientation Schedules, Freshmen & Transfer Welcome Week information, Parent and Guest Orientation information, Directions to & Parking on campus.

Orientation Dates

Students Enrolling for Spring Semester 2024

Transfer Students Orientation Program

As a transfer student, you are required to attend a day-long orientation program, either remotely or on-campus, where you will learn more about your transition to the University, meet with an advisor, and register for classes.

Orientation dates are scheduled by major – not all majors are offered each date and space is limited. To see the dates that are available specifically for you please log onto and complete your New Student Checklist (checklist available November 15. 2023 at noon). Schedule the earliest orientation possible to maximize your course choice options.

January 2024 Transfer Orientation Dates:

  • Remote Orientation Dates:

        January 4,      January 5,     and    January 11

  • On-Campus Orientation Dates:

       January 8,      January 9

Parent & Guest Orientation for January 2024 
Contact the Orientation & Transition Experiences office for more information about parent orientation at orientation@umn.edu.

Remote Orientation Zoom Preparation and Troubleshooting

Set up your U of M Zoom account before your advising appointment. Get ready for your scheduled orientation appointment by setting up your Zoom account and equipmentLog in to your U of M Zoom account before your scheduled appointment time to test your account and equipment. If you need help with your Zoom set up, please contact 1-HELP via phone at 612-301-4357 or via email at help@umn.edu.

If you do not have access to a microphone on your computer or are having internet connection difficulties, you can call into Zoom rooms for advising appointments on your phone by calling 1-415-762-9988. The system will ask you to enter the Meeting ID (the numbers in the Zoom link you received for your appointment). You will also be asked for a participant ID, but you can skip that by pressing #. 

If you are unsure of where to go or are having difficulties with your schedule for the day, please contact our CLA Zoom Lobby at z.umn.edu/CLAzoomsupport, and one of our peer advisors can help you find the correct place to go. This lobby will specifically be open during business hours on orientation days. If you have orientation questions outside of these hours, please email class@umn.edu

 

Students Enrolling for Fall Semester 2024

First-year Orientation Program

As a first-year student you'll participate in required Orientation activities over 2 days. You will complete your required New Student Checklist, which includes scheduling your orientation dates.

Orientation dates are offered based on your responses to the New Student Checklist -- to see the dates that are available specifically for you please log onto and complete your New Student Checklist (checklist will be available on March 27, 2024 at noon). Not all orientation dates will be available to you because they are offered based on your responses to the New Student Checklist. Usually, by the end of May, most dates are full. Schedule the earliest orientation possible to maximize your course choice options. At Orientation you'll hear about the University and your college, the College of Liberal Arts. You'll connect with a college advisor and register for classes.

Freshman Orientation Dates for CLA (all dates are on campus):

  • June Dates:

 June 5-6,      June 6-7,     June 10-11,      June 11-12,      June 12-13,      June 13-14,      June 17-18,      June 20-21,      June 24-25,      June 25-26,       June 26-27,      June 27-28

  • July Dates:

July 8-9,      July 9-10,     July 10-11,     July 11-12,     July 15-16,     July 16-17,        July 17-18,      July 18-19,   

  • August Dates:

        August 19-20,      August 20-21,      August 21-22

Parent & Guest Orientation for Freshman Students Enrolling Fall Semester 2024 
For more information about Parent and Guest orientation, contact the Orientation & Transition Experiences office at orientation@umn.edu.

Transfer Student Orientation Program

As a transfer student you'll participate in a required, day-long remote orientation in addition to completing your required New Student Checklist.

Orientation dates are scheduled based on major, not all majors are offered each date. To see the dates that are available specifically for you please log onto and complete your New Student Checklist (checklist available April 3, 2024 at noon). Schedule the earliest orientation possible to maximize your course choice options. You will learn more about your transition to the University, connect with a college advisor, and register for classes.

Transfer Orientation Dates:

  • Remote Dates:

       May 31 (Advising & Registration Only),     July 22,      July 23,      July 24,     July 25,    August 27 (Advising & Registration Only)

  • On-Campus Dates:

       June 3,  June 4,  July 1,  July 2,   August 23,   August 26

Parent & Guest Orientation for Transfer Students Enrolling Fall Semester 2024 
For more information about Parent and Guest Orientation, contact the Orientation & Transition Experiences office at orientation@umn.edu.

 

Remote Orientation Zoom Preparation and Troubleshooting

Set up your U of M Zoom account before your advising appointment. Get ready for your scheduled orientation appointment by setting up your Zoom account and equipmentLog in to your U of M Zoom account before your scheduled appointment time to test your account and equipment. If you need help with your Zoom set up, please contact 1-HELP via phone at 612-301-4357 or via email at help@umn.edu.

If you do not have access to a microphone on your computer or are having internet connection difficulties, you can call into Zoom rooms for advising appointments on your phone by calling 1-415-762-9988. The system will ask you to enter the Meeting ID (the numbers in the Zoom link you received for your appointment). You will also be asked for a participant ID, but you can skip that by pressing #. 

If you are unsure of where to go or are having difficulties with your schedule for the day, please contact our CLA Zoom Lobby at z.umn.edu/CLAzoomsupport, and one of our peer advisors can help you find the correct place to go. This lobby will specifically be open during business hours on orientation days. If you have orientation questions outside of these hours, please email class@umn.edu.

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