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Seasonal Updates

Winter Update

As the seasons change, so does the information parents need to know. See below for an abbreviated academic calendar for spring semester and links to the spring semester tuition payment schedule, health information, Housing & Residential Life important dates, spring commencement, and weather information (emergency closing).


December 2013

December 6

Open registration for non-degree-seeking students begins for spring 2014.

December 11

Last day of instruction.

December 13, 14, 16–19

Final examinations.

December 19

End of fall semester.

December 23–25

Holidays. University offices closed.

December 28

Fall 2013 grades available online.

January 2014

January 1

Holiday. University offices closed.

January 20

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday. University offices closed.

January 21

Spring semester classes begin.

January 28

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

February 2014

February 4

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

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. Classes excused and University offices closed.

May 27

May session begins.

For more calendar information see

Fall semester tuition payment schedule.

Spring semester tuition payment schedule.

Residential Life

See important dates and deadlines such as residence halls opening for spring semester, room reapplication dates, guaranteed housing deadlines and more at

Spring Commencement

Commencement information is available from the Events Calendar at at


Emergency Closing Information
As a general practice, the University of Minnesota does not close unless the health, safety, and security of University personnel and students is seriously brought into question. When this does happen, either because of severe weather conditions or other emergencies, there are some routine policies and procedures that the University follows.

The radio is the primary source of information on University closings. The University community is expected to listen to radio announcements for closing information. Information will also be posted at the University's official website, Announcements of an emergency closing will, to the extent possible, specify the starting and ending times of the closing, and whether the closing includes specific University services, events, and evening or Saturday classes and programs.

See the Emergency Closing Policy website for the full policy, including radio stations and media outlets that will have closing information.

Snow Emergencies
Students who park on the streets around campus need to be aware of Snow Emergency parking. Snow Emergencies are declared when there is enough snowfall to warrant a complete plowing of city streets. If people follow the parking rules and move their vehicles so crews can plow it helps all users of the street. Vehicles parked on the street in violation of Snow Emergency rules can be ticketed or towed and that can be very upsetting and expensive for car owners and costs the city money. Students who discover their car missing will first face the panic of not knowing where it is, then they will have to go through the time and expense of locating and retrieving their car. If the car is towed, they could incur more than $150 in fines and towing fees.

In Minneapolis to learn when Snow Emergencies are declared and prevent "snow tow" students can use these options.

  • Hotline—612-348-SNOW, for information regarding parking rules in English, Spanish, Somali and Hmong
  • Website—with a street lookup feature that lets you put in an address or a neighborhood to see where you can park during a Snow Emergency
  • Phone alerts—via a high speed, voice messaging system to alert residents when Snow Emergencies are declared. Students can now add cellphone numbers or any other phone number to this call list by signing up on the city’s website
  • Email alerts—students can sign up for
  • Cable TV—channels 14 and 79
  • Facebook—by “liking” Minneapolis Snow Emergency on Facebook
  • Twitter—by following Minneapolis Snow Emergency on Twitter
  • Videos—in English, Spanish, Somali and Hmong are also available online
  • Mobile Application (improved)—be sure to download this year's app from the city's website

Students who live in St. Paul can sign up for email and text notifications of snow emergencies. To sign up for these notifications, and for more information about snow emergencies in St. Paul, see

Both cities also notify local radio and TV stations when snow emergencies are going into effect, and plowing information is publicized.

Winter-students walking on M bridge


Flu Season
This can be the season for colds and flu. For more information and answers to frequently asked questions, see

Winter, with its short days and cold weather, can be a time when students may feel depressed. University Counseling and Consulting Services (UCCS) offers different types of counseling and may be a good place to start. See the UCCS website at for information about counseling and how to make an appointment. Their phone number is 612-624-3323. If you believe your student has a more serious problem, encourage them to see a health care professional at Boynton Health Service. The general phone number is 612-625-8400 or the website is

Students may begin to feel stressed about finals, planning for spring semester, and finding balance in their personal and academic lives. A variety of campus resources for helping reduce stress are available.

An online workshop for parents, developed in partnership with UCCS, Boynton, and other offices on campus, addresses mental health issues that are most frequently seen during the college years." For more information, see Mental Health and the College Student: Online Workshop for Parents.

Career Development and Internships

As the job market has tightened, more employers are looking for college graduates who have had more than one internship. Students can do an internship at any point in their college career, as well as after graduating. For those students who have spent winter break thinking about their career plans, including internships, a number of opportunities for exploration and planning are usually scheduled early in spring semester.

Most colleges and professional schools on campus have their own career planning office. See the Career Services website for links to individual college sites. Selecting "Students" from the left menu of the Career Services website offers information on exploring different career/internship options, what characterizes a quality internship, career and internship events, and resources. The Career Services website also has a list of specific job fairs as well as campus-wide events, including the U of M Job & Internship Fair, the biggest student career fair in Minnesota. It is open to all U of M undergraduates, graduate students, and recent alumni. To learn more about registration, how to prepare, transit, parking, and which organizations will be there check out the website.