Do I have to attend Bulldog Welcome Week?

Yes, Bulldog Welcome Week is a mandatory program for ALL incoming first year students. Move-in for students living on campus will begin on August 25th. All students, including commuter and off-campus freshman, must attend the remainder of the Bulldog Welcome Week, August 25th - August 29th. If you are considering skipping out on the mandatory events, we encourage you to carefully consider the consequences of missing Bulldog Welcome Week.

What are RockGroups? What are Rockstars?

Each new student will be assigned to a RockGroup. RockGroups consist of 18-20 new students, led by a returning UMD student leader (RockStars). RockGroups are your foundation or home base for the weekend. In these groups you will get to know other new students, share meals, explore campus and Duluth, and have a place to ask questions or address concerns.

We chose the name "rock group" and "rockstars" because, first, these groups and relationships are the foundational "rock" of the weekend for new students. Second, the language symbolizes the beautiful rocky shores of Lake Superior and the great starry skies of the North Woods. And last, but certainly not least, it's awesome!

How do I know which RockGroup I am in?

You will receive your RockGroup information when you check-in for Bulldog Welcome Week in Kirby Ballroom on Move-In day (even if you are a commuter, you must check in to find out your RockGroup!).

Can I move into on-campus housing before or after Bulldog Welcome Week?

New students living on campus are welcome to move-in on Tuesday, August 25th from 9:00-2:30. We strongly encourage new students to move in during this time so that they have time to settle in before all the activities and events of Bulldog Welcome Week begin.

Do I need a dining plan to eat at the Dining Center during Bulldog Welcome Week?

Yes and no. If you live in campus housing, you will use your dining dollars for breakfast, lunch and dinner (depending on your meal plan). If you do not live on campus, SIT will be provide lunch and dinner for you throughout the week.

What are the commuter and off-campus students, and am I considered one?

Commuter and off-campus students are students who do not live in on-campus residence halls, apartments, or suites. Commuter and off-campus students must travel to and from campus using their own means of transportation. Commuter and off-campus first year students who are renting or leasing an apartment or house are asked to be ready and moved in before Tuesday, August 25th, the beginning of Bulldog Welcome Week.

Where do I park if I am a commuter or off-campus student?

Commuter and off-campus students may park in Maroon Lots from Tuesday, August 25th through Saturday, August 29th for Bulldog Welcome Week without having a permit. There is no overnight parking allowed in the Maroon Lots. Gold lots and all parking meters will be enforced during Bulldog Welcome Week and violations will results in parking tickets (please note that these are real parking tickets and must be paid to the City of Duluth).

The Maroon Lots will start permit enforcement on Monday, August 31st in the morning. For morning information about parking and a map of parking lots please visit UMD's parking site at

What if I am admitted into one college, but plan to enroll in another?

The college that is listed on your confirmation sheet will be the college you attend for the College Welcome during Bulldog Welcome Week. Please attend the college that you are enrolled in. Please contact your student affairs office for more information about changing colleges during the fall semester.

Are workshops required and, if so, what are workshops?

You have the opportunity to choose three workshops to attend during Bulldog Welcome Week that engage your interests or concerns. There will be workshops offered in a wide variety of topics that will engage students in learning about UMD, achieving academic success, exploring the surrounding community, and making healthy decisions. Some topics include getting involved in civic engagement, tackling test anxiety, doing well in college math courses, becoming a campus leader, getting a job on campus, and figuring out your college finances and financial aid, just to name a few. You must attend three workshops of your choice. Each workshop is one-hour in length.

Students will register for workshops of their choice in early August. Watch your UMD email for instructions!

Are evening activities required?

The evening activities are going to be a lot of fun! All required activities will be bolded on the schedule. Although all events will not be required, we strongly recommend that you participate in as many activities as possible throughout the program. It is through these activities that you will meet other new students, current UMD students, and you will get a great sense of the many kinds of activities available for students during the year. See the schedule for information on what is required and more evening activities that may interest you.

How do I become a Student Leader, and what are the roles of a Student Leader?

Students have a positive and enjoyable experience while attending Bulldog Welcome Week. If you are a current UMD student and are interested in being a Bulldog Welcome Week student leader (RockStar) for Bulldog Welcome Week 2016, contact the The Office for Students in Transition. We are currently accepting applications to our wait list. The role of the RockStars is to help assist Bulldog Welcome Week event coordinators, to serve as group facilitators, to answer students' questions, and to act as peer role models.

If you are interested in becoming a RockStar, please contact the Office for Students in Transition ( or our Orientation Programs Coordinator; Jen Doebler (, 42 Solon Campus Center; 218-726-6393.

Who do I contact if I want to change my classes?

You can add or change classes online at / or contact your student affairs office. The numbers are as follows.

CEHSP (120 Boh)(218) 726-7156
CLA (310 Kplz)(218) 726-8180
LSBE (111A LSBE)(218) 726-6594
SCSE (140 Engr)(218) 726-7585
SFA (5-25 MonH)(218) 726-7261 or (218) 726-8436