Questions? See what's frequently asked about Bulldog Welcome Week

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DO I HAVE TO ATTEND BULLDOG WELCOME WEEK?

Yes, Bulldog Welcome Week is a mandatory program for ALL incoming first year students. Move-in for students living on campus will begin on August 22nd. All incoming students, including commuter and off-campus, must attend Bulldog Welcome Week, August 22th - August 26th.

DO I NEED TO HAVE MY U CARD FOR EVENTS?

Just like throughout the school year, you should carry your U Card with you at all times. You will demonstrate your attendance at mandatory activities by using your U Card. 

WHAT ARE ROCKGROUPS? WHAT ARE ROCKSTARS?

Each new student will be assigned to a RockGroup. RockGroups consist of 18-20 new students, led by a returning UMD student leader (RockStars). RockGroups are your foundation or home base for the week. In these groups you will get to know other new students, share meals, explore campus and Duluth, and have a place to ask questions or address concerns. We chose the name "RockGroup" and "RockStars" because, first, these groups and relationships are the foundation or "rock" of the week for new students. Second, the language symbolizes the beautiful rocky shores of Lake Superior and the great starry skies of the North Woods. And last, but certainly not least, it's awesome!

HOW DO I KNOW WHICH ROCKGROUP I AM IN?

You will be assigned a Rock Group after you register for your workshops. You will be signing up for workshops online by mid August. (Please watch your UMD email for instructions!). You will receive your Rock Group information when you check-in during move-in.

CAN I MOVE INTO ON-CAMPUS HOUSING BEFORE OR AFTER BULLDOG WELCOME WEEK?

New students living on campus need to move-in on Tuesday, August 22nd.

DO I NEED A DINING PLAN TO EAT AT THE DINING CENTER DURING BULLDOG WELCOME WEEK?

All students will be given a wristband during BWW check-in that will allow students to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner on campus. If you have a meal plan, you will swipe your U Card as well. 

WHAT ARE "COMMUTER" OR "OFF-CAMPUS" STUDENTS, AND AM I CONSIDERED ONE?

Commuter and off-campus students are students who do not live in on-campus residence halls, apartments, or suites. Commuter and off-campus students must travel to and from campus using their own means of transportation. Commuter and off-campus first year students who are renting or leasing an apartment or house are asked to be ready and moved in before Tuesday, August 22nd, the beginning of Bulldog Welcome Week.

WHERE DO I PARK IF I AM A COMMUTER OR OFF-CAMPUS STUDENT?

Commuter and off-campus students may park in Maroon Lots from Tuesday, August 22nd through Saturday, August 26th for Bulldog Welcome Week without having a permit. There is no overnight parking allowed in the Maroon Lots. Gold lots and all parking meters will be enforced during Bulldog Welcome Week and violations will result in parking tickets. The Maroon Lots will start permit enforcement on Monday, August 28th in the morning. For morning information about parking and a map of parking lots please visit UMD's parking site at http://www.d.umn.edu/transportation-parking-services.

WHAT IF I AM ADMITTED INTO ONE COLLEGE, BUT PLAN TO ENROLL IN ANOTHER?

The college that is listed on your confirmation sheet will be the college you attend for the College Welcome during Bulldog Welcome Week. Please attend the college that you are enrolled in. Please contact your Advising and Academic Services Office  for more information about changing colleges during the fall semester.

ARE WORKSHOPS REQUIRED AND, IF SO, WHAT ARE WORKSHOPS?

You have the opportunity to choose which workshops to attend during Bulldog Welcome Week that engage your interests or concerns. There will be workshops offered in a wide variety of topics that will engage students in learning about UMD, achieving academic and personal success, and finding your passions outside the classroom. You must attend workshops, the workshops you choose can match your individual needs. Each workshop is one-hour in length. Students will register for workshops of their choice in early August. Watch your UMD email for instructions!

ARE EVENING ACTIVITIES REQUIRED?

The evening activities are going to be a lot of fun! All required activities will be bolded on the schedule. Although all events will not be required, we strongly recommend that you participate in as many activities as possible throughout the program. It is through these activities that you will meet other new students, current UMD students, and you will get a great sense of the many kinds of activities available for students during the year. See the schedule for information on what is required and more evening activities that may interest you.

HOW DO I BECOME A STUDENT LEADER, AND WHAT ARE THE ROLES OF A STUDENT LEADER?

If you are a current UMD student and are interested in being a Bulldog Welcome Week student leader (RockStar) for Bulldog Welcome Week 2017, contact the The Office for Students in Transition at sit-info@d.umn.edu. The role of the RockStars is to help assist Bulldog Welcome Week event coordinators, serve as RockGroup facilitators, answer students' questions, introduce students to UMD community expectations, and act as peer role models. You will also learn and use the Student Leadership Challengea practical, behavior-based model that will help you develop a framework for your personal leadership style.

WHO DO I CONTACT IF I WANT TO CHANGE MY CLASSES?

You can add or change classes online at /myu.umn.edu/ or contact your Advising and Academic Advising Office. 

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