1. Respond to Offer
The Graduate School will email you a link to log back into "Apply Yourself". You can check your admission decision and accept your offer there. You will also receive an email with FAQ's and a link to pay your deposit ($250) to hold a spot in the class, or you can follow the quick link on the right side of this page. (That money will be refunded to your student account in the fall semester.) Once you have responded to the offer, continue with the steps below.
Please check the links below if any of them applies to you.
International Students: After responding to and confirming your offer, you will be required to complete additional steps. You will receive more information from the central graduate school admissions office regarding the requirements.
2. Financial Aid
Beginning January 1, 2018, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online to be awarded aid for the 2018-19 academic year. If you plan to apply for need-based financial assistance, you must submit a FAFSA form. The University of Minnesota's financial aid officers will not be able to discuss your financial aid options until they receive your FAFSA information.
If you plan to apply for financial aid, fill out your taxes as soon as possible in January. Federal financial aid for the 2018-19 academic year is based on the information in your previous tax returns, so completing your taxes promptly is essential.
Visit One Stop for information about applying for financial aid. The University of Minnesota's school code for financial aid is 003969.
This is very important! Before classes start, please complete the Boynton Health Service Student Immunization Form to avoid a registration hold for the Fall 2018 semester. The form and instructions are on the Boynton Immunization Requirements page.
4. ID and Email
In the summer, you will receive an e-mail with information on how to initialize your internet ID and password. You will be able to use this information to log into your UMN E-mail. Please note that it is extremely important that you initialize your account as soon as you receive this e-mail so that you will receive future communications regarding Orientation. We will use your umn email account for all communications, so you must register for your account. We suggest that you check it once or twice per week between July 1st and mid-August for further details.
Overall, just make sure to register for a UMN e-mail and check it periodically after July 1st. You will receive a good deal of information, and at times it may be a bit of overload; if you find yourself feeling that way, reach out to Stacy or Amy and they can connect you with students who can walk you through things. Remember: those students were doing the exact same things less than 12 months ago, and they came out just fine.
You will need a "U-Card" (University ID card), which you can get in Coffman Union on the East Bank (other side of campus). You need to allocate about 30-45 minutes for this process. You can do it during any free time you have, but during Orientation, you will not have a great deal - so try to do it before if you can.
You probably don't need to worry about this just yet - but August will get here fast, so you should be aware of it. International Student Orientation is scheduled for August 13-17, 2018. Entire Class Orientation (both International and Domestic full time Students) is scheduled for August 27-August 31, 2018. Orientations are mandatory, so please plan to be in the Twin Cities by then. The Orientations will be a mix of social, academic and professional events - for one day, you will need to wear a suit, so be prepared for that as well.
If you are on Facebook, join the MA-HRIR Class of 2020 group. People will introduce themselves there (so you may know a few people before you start), and current students will chime in with info about textbooks, orientation events, and more. If you're not on Facebook, don’t worry. It's not a necessary step, just a potentially helpful one.
HOUSING - The University does maintain an off-campus listings service and has more information about housing options online as well.
6. Order Books
You will learn more about what books to buy for what classes as professors finalize their curriculum (normally early to mid August).
Susan Suchy will register you for your first semester of classes. More information will be sent to you about this later in the summer.
Finally, you will receive e-mails from the Graduate Business Career Center (GBCC) regarding "Career Essentials," which is two days of your Orientation this August. Please look out for these e-mails and follow the directions therein. It's important that you come to Career Essentials prepared for any work that the GBCC is doing with the entire class.
We look forward to starting a new year with you all!