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Frequently Asked Questions

The Bulldog Welcome Week experience is the next step in preparing first-year students for success at UMD. This program will help you get connected with new and returning students, discover UMD traditions, attend fun and engaging events, and find out what it means to be a Bulldog! All new freshmen admitted for Fall 2019 are required to attend.

Yes! All incoming freshmen are required to attend Bulldog Welcome Week from Aug. 22nd-25th. It is an integral part of your transition to UMD. New Student Orientation is primarily an academic orientation session, and Bulldog Welcome Week is a celebration of your first week on campus! Just like regular class attendance is important for academic success, your participation in Bulldog Welcome Week is important to adjusting and getting you acquainted with your new campus.

Aug. 22-25. Bulldog Welcome Week begins with Move-In on Thursday, August 22nd at 9am. At 4:00pm on Thursday, August 22nd, all incoming students and families are invited to attend the Bulldog Scrimmage & BBQ: Family Send-off Event.

No! The cost to attend Bulldog Welcome Week was included in your confirmation/orientation fee.

There is no need for students to sign up for events and activities. Just show up ready to have a great experience! Once students have submitted their confirmation/orientation fee, they will be registered for Bulldog Welcome Week.

All students living on campus can begin moving in on Thursday, August 22nd at 9am. For additional information and details regarding move-in, please refer to the Housing and Residence Life website: http://d.umn.edu/housing-residence-life/applications-assignments/movein.

All new freshmen, regardless of where they live, are required to participate in Bulldog Welcome Week. It is especially important for off-campus students, since it provides an early opportunity to make friends, get involved, and find connections to the campus community.

You will be able to participate in some aspects of Bulldog Welcome Week.  You will be excused from camp for the mandatory events on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Parent & Family Questions

Parents and families do not stay with their students - there are no parent activities offered. Bulldog Welcome Week is designed for new students to learn about UMD and the programs and services offered to support their success. Guests are invited to help move their student into their residence hall or apartment and attend a Parent and Family Welcome session on Move-in day. At 4:00pm on Thursday, August 22nd, all incoming students and families are invited to attend the Bulldog Scrimmage & BBQ: Family Send-off Event. After that, family members can go on their way!

Still have questions? Contact us at kirby@d.umn.edu.