Future Gophers! Orientation tips and reminders

The class of 2021 is coming! Orientation is a very exciting part of your transition to college. You'll meet other new students, learn about the University of Minnesota, and select the courses you wish to take fall semester. The CSE Academic Advising team has provided some tips for you to keep in mind before and during orientation.

Orientation is a very exciting part of your transition to college. During Orientation, you'll have the opportunity to meet other new students, learn about the University of Minnesota, and get an idea of what life will be like as a college student. You will also have a one-on-one appointment with a CSE academic advisor to discuss your interests and goals, ways to get involved on campus, and the courses you wish to take fall semester.

Hopefully, you've had a chance to review the information about Orientation (for first-year and transfer students) from Orientation and First-Year Programs (OFYP) to make sure you're ready. After reading all of the information, you need to complete your New Student Checklist to register for your Orientation date.

In addition to the information from OFYP, the CSE Academic Advising team has provided a few tips for you to keep in mind.

Incoming first-year students: Check your schedule and select an Orientation session that you will be available to complete entirely. Both days of Orientation are equally important, so make sure you can attend the entire two-day session.

Incoming transfer students: Your Orientation is only one day. Make sure you are available for the entire day you have selected. Register early for an Orientation session. The dates tend to fill quickly, so register as soon as possible for an Orientation session that fits your schedule. We want to make sure you get the date that works best for you.

Come curious. Orientation is the perfect time to ask questions! We will have plenty of resources available to provide you the information you need. Write down a few questions prior to your Orientation date.

Be open to possibility. Many students are nervous because they don't know what they want to major in. That's okay! Orientation is just the first step to exploring the various majors offered in the College of Science and Engineering. We want you to get excited about options and understand that all doors are open!

Parents need to be prepared too! If your parents will be joining you, they should review information about Parent Orientation prior to attending.

We hope this is helpful, and we will see you soon!