Did you know students enrolled in the College of Biological Sciences (CBS) get to spend more than one week with their fellow first-year students before classes even start? CBS freshmen participate in three different programs to support them with their transition to college life, get to know their college, and make new friends.
First, students with participate in freshman orientation the summer before their first year. During this overnight visit to campus, students learn about important resources and opportunities, register for courses, and meet their acadmic adviser.
CBS students also participate in the Nature of Life program. This three-day retreat that takes place at the Itasca Biological Station and Laboratories, the University of Minnesota's off-campus research station. A unique orientation to the College of Biological Sciences, students will spend time getting to know students, faculty and staff, and the College of Biological Sciences.
First-year CBS students at Nature of Life
Finally, first year students begin their college experience during Welcome Week! During this exciting week of events, students will make friends throughout CBS and the University, learn to navigate campus and the Twin Cities, meet with college representatives, and explore resources throughout the University. (And during the Pride and Spirit event, they learn U of M cheers and songs and form a giant "M" on the TCF Bank Stadium field. It's pretty impressive! Check out this video of the Class of 2014 creating the "M".)