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 2019)

Orientation & Registration (Required)

8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

  • Check-in: 8:00 – 8:30 a.m. Orientation will begin promptly at 8:30 a.m.
    • Check-in location:
      • Room 100 Rapson Hall for these orientation dates: July 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31 and August 1, 15 (make-up date)
    • ​​If you arrive more than 15 minutes after check-in time, you will be required to attend a different orientation date.
  • Parent/guardian(s) are encouraged to attend the welcome session (8:30 - 8:45 a.m.). Then students split off to complete orientation with their peers and student orientation leaders. Parents are invited to stay for a special session from 8:50 - 10:15 a.m.
    • Parents/guardians will be on their own from 10:15-12:30 and will not be with students during course registration.
  • Students will take a campus tour, then meet with the PSEO advising team in a group setting to discuss their fall classes and register. Students will finish registering for classes in the Civil Engineering Building between noon and 12:30 p.m.

Lunch (On Your Own, Optional)

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

  • Lunch is not provided, so plan to bring your own, or there are a variety of restaurant options available in the nearby Dinkytown area. A listing of restaurants and a map will be provided in your welcome folder.

Drop-in Advising Hours (Optional)

1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

  • If you need additional registration support, stop by the PSEO Office, room 107 Armory Building (on the second floor of the building) to speak with an advisor.


What to Bring to Orientation

  • Placement testing information
    • Be sure to complete math, chemistry, and/or foreign language placement tests if applicable. See the Placement Tests/Auditions page of this handbook for more information.
    • Math placement tests cannot be viewed by the student. Your PSEO advisor will have this information at your orientation session.
    • Chemistry and language placement tests can be viewed by the student.
  • Proof of other college credit received (e.g. Advanced Placement test scores or other college credit, if applicable and available)
  • University internet ID and memorized password (the one you use to access your U of M e-mail)
  • Your seven-digit student ID number (from your admission e-mail/letter)
  • If driving to campus, $6 to pay for parking
  • Photo ID for U Card pick-up
    • Bring some form of government-issued photo ID, such as a Driver's License, State ID, Military ID, Tribal ID or passport (you will not be able to pick up your U Card without an acceptable form of ID). Read more about the requirements on the U Card website.
  • Notebook and pen/pencil
  • Comfortable clothing and shoes (air conditioned buildings)
  • Backpack for materials
  • Umbrella in case of rain
  • A copy of driving directions to campus

Parking & Transportation

  • Park at the 4th Street Parking Ramp. A discounted voucher that reduces the parking fee to $6 will be available at orientation check-in for those parking in the 4th Street Parking Ramp only. All other ramps and lots are hourly rates and do not have a discounted rate.
  • Do NOT follow signs for "Orientation Parking"
  • Public transportation options can be found on the Parking and Transportation website.

4th Street Parking Ramp

Rescheduling & Cancelling

If you would like to reschedule or cancel your PSEO Orientation date, please contact the PSEO Office at 612-626-1666 or pseo@umn.edu.

DO NOT reschedule using the online system. Rescheduling after July 1st is on a space available basis.


  • New students will register at orientation with the help of PSEO advising staff. Parents/guardians will not be with their students during registration.
  • For every other semester in a PSEO student's career, PSEO students will register on their own, during an assigned registration queue time.

Any registration changes you make to your schedule after your summer PSEO orientation MUST be approved by your PSEO advisor.

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.

The Disability Resource Center ("DRC") is a key resource for students who want to make the most out of their time in PSEO. The DRC is there to help you! The help they provide can range from a quick conversation that answers any questions you might have about accessibility on campus to working closely with you and with instructors to ensure you have the best chance to succeed at the U of M.

That starts now.

The DRC's website is a great starting point to learn about their office and accommodations/services. We strongly recommend reaching out to them as soon as possible to begin the conversation. You should do this even if you think you might want accommodations. If you had an IEP 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 the start of a conversation. It doesn't lock you into anything.

The process of determining reasonable accommodations differs between high school and college. The DRC has published a table "Transition from High School to College" outlining some of these differences.

You can schedule an appointment with the DRC after you register for courses during your summer orientation session. However, you are more than welcome to use their drop-in hours to understand their services and learn more about how they help our students here on campus as soon as you are admitted to the PSEO program.

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

E-mail: drc@umn.edu

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

Short-Term Disability (e.g. broken leg)

The orientation and registration session may also involve traveling some distances. If you have a short-term disability and would have difficulty walking long distances during the tour portion of that day, contact us as soon as possible.