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New Freshmen

Welcome College of Design Class of 2018!

Congratulations and welcome to the College of Design (CDes)! We'll do all we can to help you get started here. Be sure to check your postal mail, email, and this Website (shortcut: for information to assist you in moving forward.


Check Your CDes Major

Please read over information about your CDes major and contact us right away if you are at all questioning whether it is a good fit for you. Admission to another CDes major requires that your application be re-reviewed based on competitiveness and available space in the major, so it's best to have this kind of conversation as early as possible. If you want to hear about your major from a student perspective, be sure to follow the CDes Student Blogs at


May 1, 2014: Fall 2014 Enrollment Confirmation Deadline

The deadline to confirm your enrollment for fall 2014 is May 1, 2014. When you confirm your enrollment, you are declaring your intent to attend the University of Minnesota, and we will reserve a place for you in the incoming class. Students who confirm their enrollment will receive a fall 2014 orientation invitation.


To confirm your enrollment simply return the enrollment confirmation form (included with your U of M admission letter) and the confirmation fee to the Office of Admissions by May 1, 2014. Confirmation forms and fees received after the May 1, 2014, postmark priority deadline are accepted on a space-available basis.


Initiate Your Internet ID and Email Account

Once you confirm your enrollment for fall 2014, be sure to initiate your Internet ID, password, and email account. Check your U of M email frequently, as this is our official method of communication with you. We don't want you to miss important information, requests, and deadlines!


June/July 2014: Freshmen Orientation

College of Design orientation instructions will be available in mid March, 2014. You can access College of Design instructions on this Webpage and through your portal (click on College Tab). We will also send you instructions in the mail once you've confirmed enrollment to the U of M. Once your enrollment confirmation has been processed, you can begin choosing your orientation date on April 9, 2014. Check back here in late March to get access to your New Student Checklist and to register for your orientation date. Note: it takes admissions five business days to process your enrollment confirmation before you can sign up for orientation. .


Welcome Week

Your college experience continues with Welcome Week, which takes place the week before classes start. Welcome Week is a required on-campus program designed to continue and complement your orientation experience, provide opportunities to enhance your academic and personal success, and prepare you to begin school on the following Tuesday!


Got a question? Call 612-626-3690.