University of Minnesota, Crookston
Student & Family Experience
University of Minnesota, Crookston
UMC Today myU OneStop

Student Experience Banner

New Student Orientation

Welcome to the University of Minnesota Crookston! We are glad you are here and about to become a part of the Golden Eagle family!

Student Orientation Leaders

Fall 2013 New Student Orientation
"Your Search Ends Here"

August 23 - August 26, 2013

Research indicated that students who attend orientation perform better in college and are more likely to graduate than those who do not attend. Orientation is required of all new students to UMC. We have a full weekend of educational, informational, and all out FUN planned just for you!

As a Transfer student we understand that you have "been there" & "done that", so we offer you the choice on how you would like to get started here at UMC. You have the option of joining us all on Friday, August 23rd for the weekend of Orientation events, or you can choose to attend the MANDATORY Monday, August 26th Orientation for transfer student ONLY. Check-in will be at 8:15 am in the Sargent Student Center.

Orientation Check-In & Welcome

New Student Orientation begins on Friday, August 23 and runs through Monday, August 26, 2013. Classes begin on Tuesday, August 27. All meals are provided to new students as part of orientation weekend. A typical orientation day has activities scheduled from 8:30 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Schedule for Friday, August 23rd

Friday Printable Schedule PDF Icon
Students will receive the remainder of the 2013 Orientation schedule when they check-in on Friday.


8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Check-In & Processing -- Kiehle Rotunda
Pick-up all of the information you will need for orientation weekend, including your U-Card, the orientation schedule, your name tag, and your SOS Leader information.

8:00 am - 12:00 pm - Residential Life Check-In -- Centennial Hall
8:00 am - 4:30 pm - Bookstore Open -- Sargeant Student Center
11:30 am - 1:00 pm - Brown Dining Room Open (meal plans begin for students) on 2nd floor Sahlstrom Conference Center

1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.: Welcome Session -- Kiehle Auditorium
Official welcome and an overview of the orientation schedule. This is also your first chance to see your SOS Leader up close!

1:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.: Meet Your S.O.S. Leader - UMC Campus Mall
The mall is the grassy area located in the center of campus. Your group number is on your name tag.

1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.: Family Session - Kiehle Auditorium
Parents join us for a question and answer session hosted by Jay Zarr from High Impact Training and University personnel.

3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.: Orientation Convocation - Kiehle Auditorium
Join Chancellor Wood and the Crookston Student Association as the university officially begins the new academic year!

5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.: Dinner - Brown Dining Hall in Sahlstrom Conference Center
Free for students, $10.00 for parents/guests (tickets available at check-in)
Students please remember your U-Card and name tag for all meals.

6:30 p.m.: Farewell to family members

7:00 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.: Entertainment on the Mall (rain site Bede Ballroom)
Have some outrageous and rowdy fun! Featuring Jay Zarr from High Impact Training!

8:30 p.m.: Sean Bott - Kiehle Auditorium
A blend of Zany Characters, Comedy, Quick-Witted Improve and Jaw Dropping Mentalism keeps you stunned and laughing!! Although most agree Sean's mental feats are freaking awesome, it is his comedic timing, and improvisational skill, and his hilarious character voices that will win you over!


Parent and Guest Information:

We are glad you are here as your student begins his or her education at the University of Minnesota Crookston! There are programs and activities for parents and families on Friday, August 23. There is an additional $10.00 parent/guest charge for each person accompanying the student to the evening meal. You will have the opportunity to purchase your ticket at check-in or at the dinner. There will be a send-off for parents and guests at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, August 23. Dress in casual and comfortable clothing as you will be busy throughout the day. We have to see you soon!

This is a great opportunity for you to meet other students who are also attending UMC for the first time.

Orientation is mandatory for all new on-site, full-time students (online students do not need to attend) so you feel a sense of comfort before you begin classes.  If you are a part-time student, we encourage you to attend the entire day.  If you can not attend orientation for any reason, please contact us.




Transfer Student Orientation
Monday, August 26

View Schedule >>> PDF Icon

New Student Orientation Fall 2013
Begins Friday, August 23rd!