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Spring Update

As the seasons change, so does the information parents need to know. See below for an abbreviated academic calendar for spring semester and May and summer sessions, links to the spring semester and summer tuition payment schedule, information about stress and finals, spring commencement, moving out, storage facilities, resources for off-campus living, and orientation.


March 2014

March 17-21

Spring break.

March 27

Last day for undergraduates to apply for May session graduation. See Degree Application Deadlines on the One Stop site.

April 2014

April 1

Last day to cancel second 7-week spring semester courses and receive a 100% refund.

April 8

Registration begins for May/summer term 2014 for admitted students.

April 10

Registration begins for fall 2014 for admitted students.

April 15

Registration begins for May/summer term 2014 for non-admitted students.

May 2014

May 2

Open registration and registration for non-degree-seeking students for fall 2014.

May 9

Last day of instruction.

May 10-11

Study days.

May 12-17

Final examinations.

May 17

End of spring semester.

May 26

Memorial Day holiday. University offices closed.

May 27

May session and summer 13-week classes begin.

June 2014

June 10

Last day for undergraduates and students in professional degree programs to apply for summer session graduation. See Degree Application Deadlines on the One Stop site.

June 13

End of 3-week May session.

June 16

Summer 10-week, 8-week, and first 4-week sessions begin.

July 2014

July 4

Independence Day holiday. Classes excused and University offices closed.

July 11

End of first 4-week summer session.

July 14

Second 4-week summer session begins.

August 2014

August 8

End of second 4-week and 8-week summer sessions.

August 22

End of 10-week summer session.

August 27-September 1

Welcome Week, required of freshman students entering fall 2014.

September 2014

September 1

Labor Day holiday. University offices closed.

September 2

Fall semester classes begin.

For more calendar information see

Spring semester tuition payment schedule

May/summer term tuition payment schedule

On-Campus Housing Move-Out

Spring semester finals end on May 17, but it’s a good idea to plan ahead for moving students out of the residence halls and on-campus apartments. The move-out itself tends not to be as hectic as move-in days in the fall. Students leave throughout the week of finals, after they finish their exams, so the activity is spread out through the week.

Please note that parking restrictions are enforced in the areas around the residence halls/apartments during move-out. Also please keep in mind that entry through side or rear doors of the residence halls/apartments is prohibited. As the number of students in the halls/apartments declines throughout the week, safety precautions are all the more important.

As you’re talking with your student about plans for moving out, here are tips and procedures:

  • There seems to be a trend that if a student’s belongings filled one car at the beginning of the year, it will take three carloads to move everything home at the end of the year. If your student is coming home for a visit between now and the end of the semester, encourage him or her to bring things home that are no longer needed. Recycling bins are available to recycle a wide variety of household items. Trash areas are designated to discard anything the students want to get rid of.
  • During the last two weeks of April, CAs (Community Advisers) typically do pre-inspection room/apartment visits with residents to help them know what to expect during move-out.
  • Lofts and bunks are to be left up in the room. They will be taken down after students vacate the residence halls.
  • Refrigerators rented through Collegiate Services (also known as will be picked up on May 9. The company will notify residents in each building about specific pick-up times.
  • The weekend before finals begin, residence halls/apartments will start “22-hour quiet hours.” The two-hour courtesy hours are usually 5-7 p.m.
  • Residence hall students are not required to leave until Saturday, May 17, but they are strongly encouraged to leave after their last final is over.
  • If your student lives in a University apartment, and they are on a 9 1/2- or 11 1/2-month contract, their move out dates are different. They have received information regarding move-out from Housing & Residential Life.
  • Many students search out their own study spot during finals week and spend all their time in that one place. It might be a library, an empty classroom, a coffeeshop, or their residence hall room or apartment. Some students in the seven-county Metro area decide to go home before finals in order to study in their own bedroom. The important thing is that they are comfortable and can concentrate.
  • Parents often call during the spring to ask for recommendations on storage companies near campus. We cannot recommend one business over another, but we can give you the names of some facilities near campus. Note: Storage companies who provide delivered container services are not allowed on campus due to restrictions with parking. When calling for information about storage space, you’ll want to ask about small storage compartments, month-by-month rentals, and current discount options. Companies near campus include:
  • All rooms are subject to a final room inspection by full-time staff during the week after students move out. Final damage charges are assessed by these staff members. (CAs do the preliminary inspection and do not assess charges.) Any residence hall damage charges will be assessed on the July bill. Apartment complex damage bills are assessed on the next possible University billing date after the end of the contract period.

Resources for Off-Campus Living

Off Campus Listings Service

University Legal Sevices Tenant Resource Guide
Note: An attorney or paralegal at USLS will review leases with students and identify problem clauses. Encourage your student to check with USLS before signing a lease. To learn more or download a Tenant Resource Guide, see the USLS website

Minneapolis housing inspections information.

Also see this online workshop that provides parents with information that may be helpful as students consider housing options for next year.

Students leaving building on St. Paul campus.


Finals can be a stressful time. To lessen the stress it helps to develop good study skills. See the University Counseling & Consulting Services website for some good information on study skills.

Spring Commencement

Commencement information is available from the Events Calendar website. You can also check out information on graduation ceremonies and traditions on the Parent website's graduation page.


Freshman orientation begins June 10. For transfer orientation dates and more information, go to the Orientation and First-Year Programs website.

The Orientation and First-Year Programs website links students with opportunities to find balance in their academic, co-curricular, and social life—all the way through graduation. The site features current and upcoming events for first-year students, first-year stories, advice from current students, ways to get involved, and more.