New PSEO Student Orientation & Registration

New Student Orientation is REQUIRED for all new PSEO students, including students who choose to defer their enrollment until the spring semester.

For questions, contact our office, 612-626-1666 or pseo@umn.edu.

Orientation Schedule (Summer 2020)


  • Students admitted to our program for the 2020-21 academic year will have from June 26 - July 17 to sign up for one of the required virtual orientation sessions in early August. The virtual session is the last component of a process that begins from the time students get admitted:

      • PSEO First Steps (June 26-July 17): An online module that you read and complete on your own.

      • Collaboration Period (From July 20 until your virtual orientation date): A period where you communicate with your assigned PSEO academic advisor and student orientation leaders via email and through discussion boards in the PSEO First Steps online module with the goal of helping you prepare for registration.

      • Virtual Orientation (one date in early August): A required virtual Zoom session to answer your questions and help you to register for the first time. Available dates:

          • Tuesday, August 4

          • Thursday, August 6

          • Monday, August 10

          • Wednesday, August 12

          • Friday, August 14

          • Wednesday, August 26

      • Virtual Orientation Day Schedule

          • 9:00 - 9:40 a.m. - Orientation advisor presentation

          • 9:40 - 11:00 a.m. - Registration

          • (Optional) 1:30 -3:30 p.m. - Zoom advisor drop-in hours (for fall registration support)

      • Admitted students will receive details on accessing all orientation components.

  • If students are unsure about attending the U of M PSEO program in the fall given the uncertainty of the COVID-19 virus, we recommend signing up for an orientation session. Students can always cancel their admission or defer to the spring 2021 semester.


  • In the past, we offered an Online-Only PSEO option so students that couldn't come to campus for an in-person orientation had an option. Since our orientation program is now virtual, there's no need for this option. Any admitted PSEO student can take online courses.

Disability & Accommodations

We value disability as an aspect of diversity and want to ensure that you are able to fully participate in all programming available to you. It is extremely important to us that each of our PSEO students has the same access, support, and opportunity as everyone else.

If you have a disability or health condition, or suspect you have one, and would like to have a confidential discussion about accommodations, please do the following:

Prior to your PSEO Orientation date

    • Contact the Disability Resource Center (DRC) by email, drc@umn.edu, to learn about their accommodations/services. If you need to reach out by phone, please call 612-626-1333 and leave a voicemail. Someone will return your call or respond by email as soon as we are able. Some accommodations may take a few weeks to arrange, so it will be important to connect with the DRC staff as soon as possible.

    • If appropriate, schedule an appointment time for after your PSEO orientation date.

After your PSEO Orientation date

    • After you've registered for courses, you'll be able to attend any appointments you might have made with the DRC staff.

Note: you should do this even if you think you might want accommodations. If you had an IEP or 504 plan in high school, or any specific diagnosis that may impact your learning in PSEO (not just in orientation), you should reach out to the DRC - even just to see what they have to say. Contacting them is just the start of a conversation. It doesn't lock you into anything.

DRC Contact Information

Phone: 612-626-1333 (V/TTY)

E-mail: drc@umn.edu

Campus Address: 180 McNamara Alumni Center, 200 Oak Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455