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First Year Experience


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Design Your Carlson

First Year Experience: Design Your Carlson

At the Carlson School, we ask you to be curious. To try things. And we give you the tools to start designing your college experience in alignment with your values and interests. All first-year students will be asked to participate in the Design Your Carlson First Year Experience Program and work with your peers and Carlson Crew Leaders to intentionally design this important next chapter.

The Design Your Carlson program is based on a popular class and book Designing Your Life from Stanford Design School. Parts of your orientation, Welcome Week, and fall semester will focus on designing your Carlson School experience (or your life). Using a process rooted in Design Thinking, the program equips you with tools to design and prototype a college experience that best aligns with who you are and what you hope to get from college. These skills will help you make thoughtful choices about classes, internships, student groups, and generally how to spend your energy.

Carlson House Living & Learning Community

The Carlson House provides students with the opportunity to build a community through common courses and shared living experiences. More than 100 Carlson first-year students live in Territorial Hall together and often share the same classes, form study groups, and work on group projects together. Carlson upper-division students serve as Community Advisors for first-year students and provide programming that connects to Carlson resources offered right in Territorial Hall.

Students must choose the Carlson House as a preference during their housing application process. Preferences can be updated by reaching out to Housing and Residential.

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Carlson Crew

Carlson Crew

Freshman will receive a Carlson Crew Leader who will welcome, orient, and support them throughout the First Year Experience. Carlson Crew Leaders are upperclassmen who share collegiate experiences, provide guidance and resources, and plan engaging opportunities for their freshman orientation groups.

First-Year Mentor Program

With a robust business community located right outside its doors, the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management has the unique opportunity to guarantee small group mentorship to all our first-semester, first-year students. 

This program's purpose is to provide new students to the Carlson School with support and insight from an alum or local business professional mentor who has navigated the college experience, and can provide students with an introduction to networking and the world of business. Students receive information for program registration during their summer orientation, and will complete two small group, and one individual meeting with their mentor. 

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