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About the Orientation Program

Yes. Orientation is mandatory for all new UMD students. Students are required to attend all programs and presentations during their orientation session. At the end of the day, you'll register for courses, so Orientation is an important next in becoming a UMD Bulldog!

Students register for Orientation through our Orientation software - VZO. The link do to this is located in your gold envelope invitation. Reservations are accepted by session on a first-come, first-serve basis. Some sessions will fill before others. Once a student has signed up for a session they will receive a confirmation email within 24 hours. It is important to check all schedules (graduation, work, vacations, etc.) BEFORE making your reservation. Once a reservation has been made it may be difficult to choose another session with an open space.

You will need to bring:Your UMD student information:
    Student ID number, UMD Internet ID, & password
Laptop or Tablet Computer:
    Used to search and register for classes
Identification:
    A government-issued photo ID, such as a driver's license, state ID, or passport

We offer free parking! You will park in Pay Lot G on University Drive (off St. Marie street) and do not need a pass.

From I-35: Follow I-35 North to the 21st Avenue East exit (#258). Follow 21st Avenue East to Woodland Avenue (top of the hill). Turn right onto Woodland Ave. Continue on Woodland Ave to W St. Marie St. Turn left on W St. Marie St. UMD will be on your left. Turn left onto University Drive and park in the Pay Lot which will be on your right. Follow the outdoor and indoor signs for the Advisement & Registration Program.

From Central Minnesota (Range Cities): Follow Highway 53 (Miller Trunk Highway) to Arrowhead Road (stop light just past Menards). Turn left onto Arrowhead Road. Continue on Arrowhead Road to Woodland Ave (approximately 5 miles). Turn right on Woodland Ave. Travel on Woodland and turn right at W St. Marie St. Soon UMD will be on your left. Turn left onto University Drive. Follow the end of “From I-35” directions above.

From Wisconsin via Superior: Take Highway 53 to Duluth. Take the I-35 North exit and follow the "From I-35" directions above.

From Northern MN via Two Harbors: Take Highway 61 to Duluth and turn right onto 21st Avenue East. Follow "From I-35" directions above starting with, "Follow 21st Ave East to Woodland Avenue (top of hill)."

Parking: We offer free parking! You will park in Pay Lot G on University Drive (off St. Marie street) and do not need a pass. Student Advisors will greet and direct you to your check-in location. Meters are enforced all year long.

Yes! Once you have confirmed your session, you are able to change your date up to two weeks before the date of that session. Date availability dwindles over time as more students register, so it is important that you try to pick the day that works best for you from the start. If you need a new date within two weeks before your session, please call our office at (218) 726-6393 and ask to speak with a member of our staff to assist you. We will do our best to work with you and find a new session for you to attend.

On average, students change their major four times while in college. If you're thinking about changing majors, please call the Admissions office toll free at 1-800-232-1339 or locally at 218-726-7171. They can help you see what majors are available to you.

It depends on what collegiate unit you're interested in being in - some of our colleges can only admit a maximum number of incoming students. If you're thinking about changing colleges, please call the Admissions office toll free at 1-800-232-1339 or locally at(218) 726-7171. They can help you make the next steps in changing your major.

Course Registration

No. We have built in time for you to meet one-on-one with an academic advisor during the Orientation program.

Students will register for classes during the Orientation program after meeting with an academic advisor.

Parents and Families

Absolutely! Please visit the Parent Advisement & Registration page for more details.

The Parent Advisement & Registration program is a separate session presented by the Division of Student Life directly to Parents of UMD's incoming students. This program runs concurrently with the student program. Many of the program activities will be presented to both the students and parents together; however, there are some select programs that are just for the students and just for the parents/ family members. For more information about this program please visit the Parent Advisement & Registration page for more details.

No. Due to the limited amount of time each student has with an advisor, we limit this process to students only. Additionally, FERPA does not allow families to be with students when making course decisions. For more information on FERPA, please visit the U.S. Department of Education.

Health Immunization

Students can turn in their health immunization form during the Orientation program. However, it is best to complete and turn in this form as soon as you are able.