Welcome Week is Almost Here!

Get that CSE t-shirt ready! The College of Science and Engineering is thrilled to welcome the class of 2023 and new-to-the-U transfer students to campus. We recognize that there is going to be a lot of information to absorb during Welcome Week, so we want to give you a few tips ahead of time to help you feel ready.
Welcome Week is an exciting, energizing experience. You can feel the buzz in the air as the new class comes to campus, and you gear-up for your first year at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Here are a few helpful hints to ensure you have an amazing experience.

Review your Welcome Week information: Make sure you are planning your schedule to be on campus and available for the entirety of the Welcome Week experience. You can find more information on the Orientation and Transition Experiences website here:
- First-year students: https://ote.umn.edu/incoming-freshman/welcome-freshman
- Transfer students: https://ote.umn.edu/incoming-transfer/welcome-transfer

Be open to meeting new people: You will be joining more than 1,000 new-to-CSE students, which equates to more than 1,000 opportunities to make new friends! There will also be thousands of new-to-the-U students around campus from other college, as well. Don’t be afraid to introduce yourself and chat with others - this includes staff and faculty. You never know where it will lead, and you might develop a friendship or connection that could last a lifetime.

Take ownership of your experience: Many of the activities will be structured for you, but you still want to be mindful of how you manage your time. Use the resources available to you (staff members, peers, etc.) to navigate campus as smoothly as possible. This is a skill you will need to use as a student, so this is a great opportunity to start practicing now.

Be observant: You likely won’t be able to remember all of the resources mentioned, but try to take note of as many things as you comfortably can. This includes student groups, events, academic resources, building locations, and even places you might want to study or decompress. Don't be afraid to ask questions if you forget, or aren't clear on something. Staff, peers, and Welcome Week Leaders are here to help you feel at home and connected to campus.

Have fun and come curious! Welcome Week activities are designed to be an extension of your orientation experience. That being said, it’s also our chance to celebrate your arrival to campus and kick-off the academic year Gopher style! Have fun, ask questions, and be curious!

Other questions before you come to campus? Visit the resources linked below to connect with different offices on campus:

Housing & Residential Life
Dining Services
Parking & Transportation Services
One Stop Student Services
CSE Academic Advising Frequently Asked Questions
International Student & Scholar Services
Disability Resource Center
Boynton Health

We look forward to seeing you soon, and again, don’t forget to wear your CSE t-shirt to convocation!