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Need to Know

U Card Information for New Students

Your U Card is your University of Minnesota Student ID card. You will use your U Card to access University buildings, as your University Library card, to charge books to your Student Account at the University Bookstore and more!  You will receive your first U Card from the U Card Office on your campus. You must present an approved primary form of a government issued photo ID (i.e. Driver's license, passport) to receive your first U Card. Please visit for more information.

Leadership Opportunities

Boreas Leadership Program

Do you want to change the world? How about be more effective in your work career and life? The Boreas Leadership Program in collaboration with the Graduate School and the Center for Integrative Leadership will be a hosting a 1/2 day Leadership Retreat specifically for incoming graduate students on Monday, August 20, 2018 from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Find out more about Boreas

Academic & Professional Development Resources

Individual Development Plan (IDP) Templates

Editable IDP Template (Microsoft Word)

IDP Example: Sciences (PDF)

IDP Example: Social Sciences (PDF)

IDP Example: Humanitie s (PDF)

Teaching Enrichment Series

Through webinars and in-person workshops, the Center for Educational Innovation (CEI) will host sessions offering practical approaches to teaching that you can implement in your classes next semester. Topics include: Addressing academic dishonesty, Teaching sensitive course content, Getting feedback you can use, Improving presentations, and Active learning. Sessions offered online Aug 20-22 and in-person August 29-30. View the full schedule and register

New TA Orientation

​New TA Orientation will be held on August 31, 2018 from 9:00-10:45 a.m. In this interactive session, new teaching assistants will be introduced to key policies, including policies related to FERPA, working with students with disabilities, the student code of conduct, and sexual harassment and consensual relationships, university resources, and strategies for classroom teaching. All new teaching assistants are encouraged to attend. Register

Versatile PhD

An online resource designed to help STEM, humanities, social science PhDs identify, prepare for, and succeed in non-academic careers. Graduate students, postdocs, and faculty have free access to premium resources provided through the University's subscription to Versatile PhD. To find & access Versatile PhD, visit and click on the link that says " premium login." Then log in using your x500 username & password.

Imagine PhD

A free, online career exploration and planning tool for PhD students and postdoctoral scholars in the humanities and social sciences. Visit the Imagine PhD website

National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity

A resource for grad students, postdocs & faculty. The NCFDD is a nationally-recognized, independent organization that provides online career development and mentoring resources for over 89,000 graduate students, post-docs and faculty members.

How to activate your membership:

  • Visit
  • Fill in registration information at the bottom of the page
  • Complete the registration process
  • Users will receive a welcome email within 24 business hours confirming that the account is active


What is an ORCID iD and why should you get one? Find out more about ORCID iD and register to get your iD now.

Library “Crash Course” for New Graduate Students

Get an overview of the Library website, search and organizational tools. Learn about tools to be more productive for any type of research you are doing. Your future self will thank you for attending. Optional: Bring a laptop or mobile device.

Register at:

Tuesday, August 28 | Bruininks Hall Room 230 (East bank) | 12:00pm to 12:45pm

Tuesday, August 28 | Tate Hall 101 (East bank) | 3pm to 3:45pm

Especially for International Students

Intensive Writing Workshop for New International Graduate Students

Presenter: Sheryl Holt, Senior Lecturer, Department of Writing Studies

August 30 from 8 am - 1 pm. | Blegen 250

Are you concerned about all the writing you need to do in graduate school? This half-day workshop will help you understand and practice the expectations of graduate writing, provide extensive information and exercises to prepare you for graduate writing, and introduce you to the writing resources in your field and on campus for on-going improvement. The key focus is on how to write formally so you sound sophisticated, and how to be precise, concise, and direct in graduate writing in your field. We will also spend time understanding the conventions of documentation to avoid plagiarism. Additionally, we will focus on the very difficult grammar points of English such as article use, prepositions, and use of verb tenses. This popular graduate writing workshop has prepared hundreds of new graduate students as they begin their graduate education journey at the University of Minnesota. Space is limited and registration is required. As part of your registration, you will receive a voucher good for use with any of the food vendors in the Minnesota Marketplace Food Court in Coffman Memorial Union. Register

Gopher Chauffeur

The University of Minnesota offers free Gopher Chauffeur transportation for international students from the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport to the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities campus.

International Student & Scholar Services

ISSS has a number of events and activities for you as a new international graduate student. Visit their new student page for more information and to register. ISSS New Student Information Page

International TA Program

The International Teaching Assistant (ITA) program courses fulfill the University’s spoken English proficiency requirement for TA eligibility. The courses, which are open to all nonnative English speaking students, focus on the discipline-specific oral communication skills needed in teaching. Watch a video featuring past ITA participants

Mental Health Resources

Comparing Student Counseling Services and the Boynton Mental Health Clinic

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Where to Ask for Help at the U of M Twin Cities Campus

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