Welcome to your new home away from home!

Welcome to the University of Minnesota Crookston! We are glad you are here and about to become a part of the Golden Eagle family!

Research indicates that students who attend Welcome Weekend perform better in college and are more likely to graduate than those who do not attend. Welcome Weekend is required of all new freshman students to U of M Crookston. It's a weekend full of educational, informational, and all out FUN planned just for you! 

2023-2024 Welcome Weekend and Move-In Days

Golden Eagle Welcome Weekend - Fall 2023

Three welcome weekend SOS leaders posing for a silly photo

Welcome Weekend and Move-In Day begins on Friday, August 25, and runs through Monday, August 28, 2023. Classes begin on Tuesday, August 29 (see our Academic Calendar). All meals are provided to new students as part of orientation weekend. A typical orientation day has activities scheduled from 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
2023 Fall Schedule

Friday, Aug. 25 - Monday, Aug. 28, 2023
Check-in: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. - Wellness Center
This schedule is mandatory for all new freshman students, but optional for new transfer and non-traditional students.

2023 Fall Welcome Weekend Schedule

Transition Crookston
2023 Fall Schedule

Monday, Aug. 28, 2023 
Check-in: 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. - Northern Lights Lounge, Sargeant Student Center
This schedule is mandatory for all new transfer and non-traditional.

2023 Fall Transition Crookston Schedule

Current Upperclassman Students: Consider being an S.O.S. (Student Orientation Staff) Leader.  Watch here for an application once it becomes available.

Frequently Asked Questions:

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I'm a transfer student, do I need to attend Welcome Weekend?

As a Transfer student we understand that you have "been there" & "done that", so we offer you the choice on how you would like to get started here at UMC. You have the option of joining us for entire Welcome Weekend, or you can choose to attend the mandatory Sunday "Transition Crookston" orientation, which is for transfer students and non-traditional students only. 

I'm a parent/family/guest of a new or transfer student, are there activities that I can attend?

During Move-In Day there is a parent/family session that is optional, and all families are welcome at the Welcome Home BBQ on campus that evening. During Transition Crookston (the day before classes start), parents and families are able to attend, though there is no specific or additional programming. Due to the timing of Transition Crookston, there tends to be a low family/parent presence. 

I'm an upperclassman and want to help with Welcome Weekend, what do I need to know?

Awesome!  Consider becoming an S.O.S. (Student Orientation Staff) Leader! S.O.S. Leaders are volunteer students who help welcome new students to campus during Welcome Weekend.  We also need students to help with transfer student orientation (a.k.a. "Transition Crookston") by becoming a Transition Ambassador.  Applications and complete job descriptions can be obtained from the Educational Programs and Transitions office.