New Freshmen

Confirm Your Enrollment by May 1!

We hope you decide to attend the University of Minnesota and join the College of Design Class of 2023. Confirm your enrollment today to reserve your spot by visiting If you have any questions, contact the Office of Admissions by calling 612-625-2008 or 1-800-752-1000, or visiting If you haven’t done so already, apply for financial aid and housing at

Dive into Your Major

Discover more about your major program by visiting Read news about your program and get a head start on meeting your future professors, classmates, and College of Design alumni!

Get Ready for Fall

Learn the College of Design Computer Standards for Students

Each year, College of Design faculty provide hardware and software requirements and recommendations that are the best fit for the coursework and projects in each major. Requirements and recommendations vary by major. (For Fall 2019 students:  You will receive an email in the late spring or early summer alerting you to the 2019-2020 recommendations.)

Initiate Your U of M Internet Account and U of M Email

Once you confirm your enrollment, it is very important that you (1) initiate your U of M Internet account by visiting and (2) set up your U of M email account here. Beginning this summer, your U of M email will be our official means of communication with you, so be sure to check it often for important information.

Attend Freshman Orientation

Orientation details will be mailed beginning in March to students who have confirmed their enrollment.

Orientation details will be emailed to students who have confirmed their enrollment. Orientation will be held in January for students entering the U of M in Spring 2019. For students entering in Fall 2019, Orientation will be held in mid-July and late August.

Mark your Calendars for Welcome Week 2019: August 28–September 2

Your college experience continues with Welcome Week, which takes place the week before fall term begins. Welcome Week is a required on-campus program designed to complement your orientation experience, provide opportunities to enhance your academic and personal success, and prepare you for a successful transition to the University of Minnesota.

Questions? Contact the Office of Admissions at 651-625-2008, 1-800-752-1000, or
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Important Dates

August 26 - August 27, 2019:
Residence Hall Move-In

August 28 - September 2, 2019:
Welcome Week

September 3, 2019:
First Day of Classes