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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, resources for off-campus living, and orientation.


March 2015
Note: Registration dates have changed because of the University systems upgrade.

March 9

Registration begins for May and summer session 2015 for admitted students.

March 16-20

Spring break.

March 23-April 4
(including evenings & weekends)

Fall 2015 registration for admitted students.

March 26

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

March 29

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


April 10

System upgrade begins. PeopleSoft and related systems (e.g., Parent/Guest Access, personal information changes, registration) are unavailable or view-only.

April 20

Estimated go-live for system upgrade (

May 2015

May 1

Open registration for admitted students and registration begins for May & summer session 2015 for non-degree & visiting students

Open registration for admitted students and registration begins for non-degree-seeking students for fall 2015.

May 8

Last day of instruction.

May 9–10

Study days.

May 11–16

Final examinations.

May 16

End of spring semester.

May 25

Memorial Day holiday. Classes excused and University offices closed.

May 26

May session begins.

June 2015

June 9

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 12

End of 3-week May session.

June 15

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

July 2015

July 3

Independence Day holiday. Classes excused and University offices closed.

July 10

End of first 4-week summer session.

July 13

Second 4-week summer session begins.

August 2015

August 7

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

August 21

Last day of 13-week and 10-week summer classes.

September 2015

September 2-7

Welcome Week, required of freshman students entering fall 2015.

September 7

Labor Day holiday. University offices closed.

September 8

Fall semester classes begin.

For more calendar information see Campus Calendars.

Spring semester tuition payment schedule

May/summer term tuition payment schedule

On-Campus Housing Move-Out

Spring semester finals end on May 16, 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 Advisors) 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 7. 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 16, 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 coffee shop, 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 apologize, but we cannot recommend one business over another. 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, availability of pick-up services, month-by-month rentals, and current discount options.
  • 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 orientations begin June 9.Transfer orientations begin June 25. For 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.