First Year initiatives

First Year Initiatives

Various units in the Office of Undergraduate Education provide transitional experiences that are designed to maximize students' potential for personal and academic success and assist them in adjusting to the challenges of collegiate life.

Orientation & Transition Experiences

Second year initiatives

Second Year Initiatives

The Second Year Experience is a campus-wide effort coordinated by the Office of Undergraduate Education. The Second Year Advisory Group, comprised of college and department representatives from across the Twin Cities campus, work collectively to improve the retention of and opportunities for second-year students. OUE directly oversees campus-wide communication for second-year students, Living Learning Community support, and a student advisory committee.

Second Year Experience Website

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Transfer Student Initiatives

The goal of the Transfer Student Experience is to facilitate a successful transition to campus and provide unique engagement opportunities for transfer students. These efforts are a collaboration between the Office of Undergraduate Education, Orientation & First Year Programs, and other campus partners. This initiative is informed by the Transfer Student Advisory Committee, comprised of college and department representatives from across the Twin Cities campus, and the Transfer Student Board.

Transfer Student Experience Website


Enrollment Management 

The Enrollment Management Committee is charged with taking a comprehensive look at Twin Cities campus enrollments and develop proposals for comprehensively managing enrollments in the long term. As we move forward with strategic planning efforts involving both the academic and administrative side of the University, a careful plan for enrollment management is essential.

Advising Initiatives

Advising Initiatives

The Office of Undergraduate Education, in collaboration with undergraduate colleges, provides coordination of central advising initiatives that enhance and support the advising experience across campus. OUE also directly oversees central advising units such as the University Honors Program, Center for Academic Planning and Exploration, and the McNamara Academic Center for Student-Athletes.

OUE Resources for Advising

undergrad assessment

Undergraduate Assessment

With the adoption of the current University of Minnesota’s undergraduate student learning outcomes (SLOs) and student development outcomes (SDOs), the University has undertaken a renewed effort to establish more consistent assessment frame-work across all departments, provided stronger central leadership, simplified expectations, and worked to connect the multiple streams of assessment data to better inform academic planning. Our mission is to support all academic and support units in their assessment of student learning/development process to continuously enhance the undergraduate student experience.

Assessment at the University of Minnesota