University of Minnesota
Office of Human Resources

New Employee Orientation

To help you get better acquainted with the University and your colleagues, we invite you to register for New Employee Orientation as soon as possible after your first day of work. 

New Employee Orientation is mandatory for all new employees (both faculty and staff). The time that you spend both in travel and attendance is considered work time and eligible for pay, so check with your supervisor to ensure you can attend your first session soon.

Orientation is held at the McNamara Alumni Center at the eastern edge of the Minneapolis campus. Check the Campus Connector bus schedule at Parking and Transportation Services for free bus service between the St. Paul, East Bank, and West Bank campuses. The bus stops right in front of McNamara.

During orientation you will meet with your employee group (i.e., Civil Service, Bargaining Unit/Union, Professional and Administrative, or Faculty), so be sure to know which employee group you belong to. If you don't already know, ask your supervisor for this information.

We look forward to seeing you at New Employee Orientation. If you have any questions, just let us know. You can reach us at or at 612-624-5866.

Orientation Dates & Location


8:00 - 11:00 a.m.


McNamara Alumni Center
University of Minnesota Gateway
200 Oak Street SE

  • Wednesday, November 18, 2015
  • Wednesday, December 16, 2015
  • Wednesday, January 20, 2016
  • Wednesday, February 17, 2016
  • Wednesday, March 16, 2016
  • Tuesday, April 19, 2016 
  • Wednesday, May 18, 2016
  • Wednesday, June 15, 2016


Register for New Employee Orientation: Online registration for New Employee Orientation is available here

  • You will need your Internet ID (x.500 username) and password to register.
  • First time using your Internet ID and password? Call the Helpline for the Twin Cities campus: 612-301-4357.
  • If you require special needs or accommodations or have questions about the New Employee Orientation, please call Kari Nolan at 612-624-5866.


A.I. Johnson Great Room
8:00Registration, breakfast, networking, and photos with Goldy
8:30Welcome and Main Program
10:00Information Fair
10:30Employee Group Breakout Sessions