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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).


January 2015

January 1, 2

Holiday. University offices closed.

January 19

University closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday

January 20

Spring full semester and first 7-week session classes begin.

January 26

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

February 2015

February 2

Last day to report private health plan coverage at One Stop.

February 3

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

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.

See more calendar information.

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.

Faculty, staff, and students will be notified as quickly as practical through internal and external communication systems, including the University's TXT-U and/or email. Students, faculty, and staff can stay informed about critical campus class, safety, and closing information by registering to receive TXT-U messages. Also, closing information will be posted at the University's official website, Additional public relations communications will occur, including radio and TV. Any announcements of a 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.

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.