Experience Minnesota: An Open House for Multicultural Students

Experience Minnesota is a high-energy, once-a-year event that gives you the chance to experience a day in the life of a Golden Gopher and see how, as a U of M student, you can expand your horizons, discover new passions, and accomplish your goals and dreams. You and your family will learn more about our outstanding academics and opportunities to enhance your college experience, while exploring the multicultural community of our vibrant Big Ten campus and great Twin Cities location.

At Experience Minnesota, you and your family will:

  • Learn about our 150 majors, student life, and financial aid and scholarships.
  • Explore our student cultural centers, such as the:
    • American Indian Student Cultural Center
    • Asian-American Student Union
    • La Raza Student Cultural Center
    • Black Student Union
  • Tour our historic campus and discover what makes our Twin Cities location a top market for young job seekers in the nation.
  • Meet current U of M students and hear about their experiences.
  • Enjoy cultural performances from U of M students and Twin Cities community members.
  • Have the opportunity submit your application for admission (high school seniors only).

A light continental breakfast and lunch will be provided for Experience Minnesota attendees. Free parking has been reserved for all of our guests.

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If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact the Office of Admissions VISITLINE at visitmn@umn.edu, 612-625-0000, or 1-800-752-1000 (TTY for the hearing impaired: 612-625-9051).

Experience Minnesota Details

When:

Saturday, September 29, 2018
8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Where:

Northrop
84 Church Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Free parking has been reserved at the East River Road Garage on the East Bank of the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus.

East River Road Garage
385 East River Parkway
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Check-in, including a light continental breakfast and academic information fair, will be held at Northrop Auditorium.

Transportation Information

Driving and Parking Information

From I-35W:
From the south: Drive north on 35W to the University Avenue S.E. exit (#18). Turn right (east) onto University Avenue. Turn right at 14th Avenue S.E. and follow the road as it curves to become East River Parkway. Proceed on East River Parkway for approximately half a mile. The East River Road Garage will be on your left.

From the north: Drive south on 35W to the University Avenue S.E. exit (#18). At the second traffic signal, turn left (east) onto University Avenue. Turn right at 14th Avenue S.E. and follow the road as it curves to become East River Parkway. Proceed on East River Parkway for approximately half a mile. The East River Road Garage will be on your left.

From I-94:
From the east: Drive west on I-94 to the Huron Boulevard exit (#235B). Turn left on Fulton Street S.E. and follow for approximately five blocks. Fulton Street S.E. will veer and merge with East River Parkway. Follow East River Parkway for three blocks. The entrance to the East River Road Garage will be on your right.

From the west: Drive east on I-94 to the Huron Boulevard exit (#235B). Turn left on Fulton Street S.E. and follow for approximately five blocks. Fulton Street S.E. will veer and merge with East River Parkway. Follow East River Parkway for three blocks. The entrance to the East River Road Garage will be on your right.

Walking Directions from the East River Road Garage to Northrop Auditorium:
Take the parking ramp elevator to the Plaza Level (Level One). You will exit through a set of doors onto the Coffman Memorial Union Plaza. Cross the plaza and Delaware Street, proceeding up the stairs to enter the ground floor of Coffman Memorial Union. Take the escalators or elevator to Level One, and exit the front doors of Coffman Memorial Union. You will see the Northrop Mall area ahead. Cross one of the silver walking bridges and walk across the mall toward the large pillared building at the front of the mall.

Access via the METRO Green Line:
The METRO Green Line light rail links the downtowns of Minneapolis and St. Paul and travels through the heart of the University of Minnesota campus on Washington Avenue.

To access campus while riding the Green Line in either direction, exit the train at the U of M East Bank Station. Walk west along Washington Avenue S.E. Turn right (north) on Church Street S.E. and proceed until you reach Morrill Hall (on your left). Turn left (west) after you pass Morrill Hall. You will see Northrop ahead and to the right. You may enter Northrop's front entrance by climbing the stairs ahead of you, or through the building's accessible east side ground entrance by following the sidewalk as it curves to the right.

For an up-to-date schedule of the Green Line and other Metro Transit services, visit metrotransit.org.

Event Itinerary

8:00 - 8:45 a.m. Check-In and Continental Breakfast
9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Welcome and Opening Session
10:15 - 11:00 a.m. Breakout Session I
11:15 - 12:00 p.m. Breakout Session II
12:10 - 1:00 p.m. Lunch and Information Fair
1:15 - 2:15 p.m. Split Student and Parent Q&A Panels
2:30 - 4:00 p.m. Optional Campus and Residence Hall Tour and Cultural Center Tours

Group Registration Information

We invite community organizations and programs to register a group of students to join us for Experience Minnesota! Learn more about how to register a group to attend Experience Minnesota.

Breakout Session Descriptions

Application Workshop (for high school seniors only)
Are you a high school senior? At this session, you will complete your application for admission to the University of Minnesota. Our admission staff will personally guide you through the fall 2019 application for freshman admission in one of the University's computer labs. If you sign up for this workshop, please be sure to bring a copy of your high school transcript—it is needed to complete the application form.
Architecture and Design
Are you constantly aware of your environment—the shapes, colors, and textures that surround you? Do you enjoy watching your ideas take shape? You can explore the wide range of design programs offered at the U of M. Learn about the U of M programs that will prepare you for a career where you can think and design in creative, sustainable, and socially responsible ways in order to support the well-being of people and communities locally and globally.
Biological Sciences
There's no better time to study the biological sciences, as they expand and evolve at a rapid pace. At this session, you will learn about the University of Minnesota majors and programs that will prepare you to pursue a rewarding career as a doctor, teacher, genetic counselor, researcher, or entrepreneur. You will also learn about the many opportunities our students have to gain hands-on experience by working directly with faculty that are investigating health, agriculture, biotechnology, and environmental sciences.
Business Programs
Do you thrive on a challenge? Do you enjoy learning about how organizations run? Learn about the world of business and the constant change and growth at the local, national, and global levels. Be one of tomorrow's innovators or leaders by choosing a top business program at a world-class University like the U of M.
Communications and Media
Can't get enough of magazines, television, and radio? Would you enjoy getting behind the scenes of the communications industry? If so, the world of communications might be an excellent fit for you. The work of journalists and communicators is all around us, and the media industry is growing and changing every day.
Education and Human Development
Education and Human Development students take many paths through our college, but they are all committed to one vision: a better future. Experience an innovative first-year curriculum, benefit from career-oriented majors that will allow you to graduate with confidence, and be part of a passionate college full of people who want to make a difference. If you like working with people and are interested in the communities around you, there's a path for you here.
Engineering, Physical Sciences, and Mathematics
Do you have a knack for solving problems? Are you interested in computers, calculus, chemistry, constellations, or miracles of modern science? Do you enjoy working on a team to help others? Engineers and scientists use imagination, science, and math to improve technology around the world. Learn how you can impact the world in which we live by creating the computer games we play, the cars we drive, or the medicine we take when we are sick.
Exploring Majors
Are you still deciding on what to study? Many students begin their academic careers unsure of their major. U of M advisers and counselors are eager to help you explore the classes and majors that will lead you to the perfect career. This session will expose you to the variety of resources, services, support, and opportunities available to help you navigate your college career and choose the major and career that is right for you.
Health Careers
Are you interested in working in a medical or health field? Are you a helpful, compassionate individual? Then we invite you to learn more about becoming a doctor, a dentist, a veterinarian, a dental hygienist or a professional in a health-related fields—the U of M offers undergraduate, graduate, and professional options to help you achieve your dreams of working as a health professional. You'll find unique and exciting opportunities through our programs in dentistry, medicine, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, dental hygiene, clinical laboratory science, mortuary science, nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, nutrition, and speech and hearing science.
Languages, Cultures, and Social Sciences
Are you constantly aware of the needs and passions of your friends, family, and community? Do you enjoy learning about other cultures, time periods, and societies? Do you enjoy working closely with diverse groups of people? If so, then studying languages, cultures, or social sciences will lead you to a career you will love.
Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence
Are you interested in hearing more about the services and programs that are designed for multicultural students at the University of Minnesota? Do you want to learn about programs and services on campus that will add to your success? Do you want to learn how to make the U of M feel smaller? At the University of Minnesota, you can honor your own culture and learn more about others. Living in a multicultural society with a global economy demands the inclusion of a diverse education in order for students to be successful. Diversity strengthens our communities, enhances economic competitiveness, and prepares us to live and perform in a global world. At the Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence session, you will learn about the variety of multicultural resources, services, support, and opportunities available to help you navigate your college career.
Paying for College
Are you curious about the different ways to finance your college education? This session will provide an overview of college financing options, what to consider when starting the process, and a timeline of key steps. You'll walk away knowing the different types financing options available to you and the University's financial aid process.
Sustainability, Environmental Sciences, Animals, and Nutrition
Do you like science and problem solving? Have you thought about combining these and your love of nature with your career? Open the door to a world of opportunities—from molecules to ecosystems, laboratory sciences to production, management and policy work—it's all here. You can work to improve human health, develop renewable energy, feed the growing world population, restore global ecosystems, sustainably manage plants and other natural resources in our urban and rural landscapes, develop innovative natural products from environmental resources, or create new biotech and biofuel products.
Visual and Performing Arts
Are you interested in sculpting, painting, or drawing? Do you sing, compose music, or play a musical instrument? Are you involved in theatre or dance? If so, you'll find unique opportunities to pursue your passion in a supportive, hands-on environment. The University's West Bank Arts Quarter provides students with unique opportunities to study the arts, collaborate across arts disciplines and be part of the excitement of both a campus arts community and the thriving Twin Cities arts community.

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