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September 15, 2015

As a new transfer student, your first weeks at the U will be a period of adjustment, albeit an exciting one! We want to help your transition to the U be a smooth one. This monthly newsletter is just one of the many resources we have on campus for transfer students.

Student Spotlight

Celebrate the milestone: You got through the first week(s) of classes!

We asked previous transfers to tell us about their first week of class experience. Watch what they had to say.

How’s your transition going? Tell us about your experience and be entered for a drawing for merchandise from the U of M Bookstore.

The Shift

At this point of the transition many transfers are often looking to get connected in various ways. Here's some info on great ways to connect with faculty, students and staff on campus.

Connect with other transfer students:
Be a member of the University Transfer Student Board (UTSB).  Go to one of their monthly meetings and check it out!

Connect with faculty:
They’re people, too. Try the ‘Take Your Professor to Lunch’ program to get to know your professor and the U will pay for the meal!

Connect with campus community:
See page 56 of the Goldbook from your orientation to get helpful info on getting connected. Tip: find opportunities on and off campus with the Engagement Search.

Connect with campus traditions:
Since 1914, the University of Minnesota has celebrated Homecoming, a week dedicated to honoring the spirit of the maroon and gold. From September 21-26, Homecoming 2015 brings the campus community together through long-standing traditions like the Pep Fest, Homecoming Parade, Homecoming Concert, and the Homecoming Football Game.

New Place - New Expectations
Feeling a difference in classroom expectations or rigour of coursework? Want to fine tune those study skills before the first exam? Find tutors and other support at SMART Learning Commons. Visit with an Academic Coach 1-1 and use self-help materials from University's Student Counseling Services (SCS) and Student Academic Success Services (SASS).

Moodle What?
Most classes will utilize Moodle in varying ways. From turning in assignments to downloading the professor's slides, you'll find that learning to navigate Moodle in your first few weeks helps a lot. Find your Moodle courses through your MyU portal or

Major Questions?
Are you thinking "I'm not sure what to major in and have no idea where to start?" Or maybe you are trying to narrow down major options from different colleges. The Center for Academic Planning and Exploration (CAPE) is here to help you explore options and navigate the process of declaring your major.

Goldy's Reminders

Important Dates
The first fall tuition payment is due Sat., Sept. 19. The full payment schedule can be found here. Questions, concerns, or want more information? Contact OneStop.

Adding/Dropping a Class?
The U may have different add/drop deadlines from your previous institution. Possible refunds may apply - find out more info here. Subscribe to the academic dates and deadlines calendar to your Google calendar so you never miss important deadlines.

Save the Date for Career and Internship Fairs!
As a transfer student it is important for you to connect with Career Resources early. Attend campus-wide career events and stop by your Career Center to polish up that résumé or interview skills to show your best self to employers.

Be sure to also register with GoldPass – the U's resource to connect students and alumni with organizations that provide employment, volunteer, and internships throughout the world.

Consider a Study Abroad Experience!
Visit the Learning AbroadFair Wed., Sept. 16 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. on the West Bank Plaza to discover your options. Meet learning abroad staff, advisors, and career counselors to see how learning abroad can fit with your long term goals.

Looking for a Job?
Check out the many part-time job opportunities on campus to consider!

Free U of M Transfers T-Shirt
Orientation & First-Year Programs Office (Coffman Union room 315) has your free U of M Transfer Student T-Shirt and free water bottle. New transfers should stop in today!

Transfer Events

University Transfer Student Board (UTSB) Meetings:
Sept. 17, 7 p.m.
110 Pillsbury Hall

Oct. 1, 7 p.m.
Location TBD

Join the UTSB for homecoming:

Homecoming Prep Party
Thur., Sept. 24, 7:00 p.m. 
Location TBD

Homecoming Parade

Fri., Sept. 25, 5:00 p.m. 
The Knoll

Homecoming After Party
Fri.,  Sept. 25, 7:45 p.m. 
Sally's Saloon


Learning Abroad Fair
Wed., Sept. 16, 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Northrop Plaza

Minneapolis Activities Fair
Wed., Sept. 16, 10:00 a.m.– 2:00 p.m.
Coffman Memorial Union, Front Plaza

Community Involvement Fair
Thur., Sept. 17 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Coffman Memorial Union, Great Hall

Art Opening: Bridges to Morocco
Thur., Sept. 17, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
St. Paul Student Center, Larson Art Gallery

Homecoming 2015
Mon., Sept. 21 – Sat., Sept. 26
Various activities and locations

Art Opening: Perspectives from the Somali Museum of Minnesota
Thur., Oct. 1, 6:00 –8:00 p.m.
Coffman Memorial Union, Second Floor Gallery

Fall Carnival
Sat., Oct. 3, 5:00 p.m.
Coffman Memorial Union, Riverbend Plaza

Farmers Market
Wednesdays through Oct. 7, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
McNamara Alumni Center, Gateway Plaza

Career Fairs

CSE Career Fair
Tues., Sept. 22 & Wed., Sept. 23
Mariucci Arena
(Open to CSE students Only)

CSOM Fall Career Fair
Thur., Sept. 24
Mariucci Arena
(Open to CSOM students Only)

CLA Internship Fair
Fri., Sept. 25
Coffman Memorial Union, Great Hall
(Open to CLA Students Only)

St. Paul Campus Job and Internship Fair
Wed., Sept. 30
St. Paul Student Center, North Star Ballroom

Construction & Facilities Management Career Fair
Fri., Oct. 2
Coffman Memorial Union, Great Hall

Government & Nonprofit Career Fair
Fri., Oct. 23
Coffman Memorial Union, Great Hall




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