Resources for undergraduate students during COVID-19

We strive to be innovative and responsive to the shifting needs of our students.  We are committed to providing important information and updates to our students, parents, families, and partners.

General information

Make a plan for returning to campus for Spring semester:
Spring 2021 Guide

Information about Spring Semester classes, on-campus housing, support services, and more:
Return to Campus website

Stop the Spread of COVID-19 initiative:
Find out how you can protect yourself and others

Mask requirement on campus:
Face coverings information webpage

Information for international students coming to campus Spring 2021:
UMN International Student and Scholar Services website

Frequently asked questions about Spring 2021 on-campus housing:
Housing and Residential Life Fall website

Information about Spring 2021 on-campus housing:
Maroon and Gold sunrise plan and housing FAQ

Information about COVID-related emergency paid leave for student workers:
Office of Human Resources' Sept. 21 email to student workers and supervisors

Information about the University's COVID-19 Saliva Testing Program:
MTest webpage

Information regarding the University's plan for the COVID-19 vaccine:
University vaccination information and planning

Information for incoming freshmen on 2021 Orientation being online:
Orientation and Transition Experiences incoming freshmen webpage

Information for incoming transfer students on 2021 Orientation being online:
Orientation and Transition Experiences transfer students webpage


Updated Grading Changes for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021:
Dec. 9 message from Executive Vice President and Provost Rachel Croson

Updated policy and process changes regarding class formats, housing, and campus experience during COVID-19:
One Stop Student Services COVID-19 webpage

To ensure safety for everyone, in-person classroom seating will be 6 feet apart:
What to expect in the classroom

You will be responsible for bringing and wearing a face covering in all in-person classes:
Face coverings information webpage

Information on getting books and materials for classes:
University of Minnesota Bookstores

Resources for alternative instruction and technology accommodations:
Disability Resource Center

Resources and support are available to assist with your technology and internet needs:

CSE-IT can help with technology issues and has a limited pool of items such as laptops, webcams, tablets, etc. available for checkout during the semester. Please send an email to for additional information.

Additional academic resources:

Connect with your academic advisor:
CSE Academic Advising

Anderson Student Innovation Labs are open by appointment only:
Anderson Labs website 

Career Resources

CSE Career Center is available to help you navigate your internship and career search during COVID-19:

University updates

University of Minnesota COVID-19 updates:
Safe Campus website

Learn more about what to expect before and during the spring semester:
Spring 2021 COVID-19 planning and response overview

Updates related to undergraduate education:
Undergrad Update website

Virtual tours, appointments, and support for applicants and admitted students:
Office of Admissions

Support for victims/survivors/concerned people of sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, and sexual harassment:
Aurora Center

Student emergency funds to provide relief during COVID-19:
OneStop student emergency fund webpage

Transportation resources:
Parking & Transportation Services COVID-19 FAQs page

Student life

Student groups can meet during COVID-19 as long as they adhere University and physical distancing guidelines:
Visit the CSE Student Groups webpage

Support for international students, scholars, staff, and faculty impacted by COVID-19:
International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS)

Resources for travelers, education abroad, and international students and scholars:
Global Programs and Strategy Alliance (GPS)

Resources and support for students with children:
Student Parent Help Center (SPHC)


Undergrads can apply to return to research facilities:
Message from University administration (PDF)

Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) updates:
OVPR guidance for the research community

More resources for the U of M research community:
Research resources during the COVID-19 pandemic

Diversity and inclusivity

Virtual resources and trainings:
Office of Equity and Diversity Resources

Community of diversity advocates:
CSE Diversity and Inclusivity Alliance

CSE diversity programs and resources:
Diversity and inclusion opportunities

Health and Wellness

UMN RecWell COVID-19 updates and frequently asked questions:
Recreation and Wellness website

Mental Health resources:

Resources for student wellbeing:
Center for Spirituality and Healing Student Wellbeing Guide

Health services available in person and online:
Boynton Health website

Fresh and healthy food at no charge:

Take a Break:

If it’s necessary for you to be on campus, get an escort from the Safe Walk Program by calling 612-624-9255 (WALK). Learn more on the UMN Safe Campus website

News and events

University COVID-19 news: 
University stories, insights, expertise

Virtual events at the university: 
Events Calendar - University of Minnesota

Virtual events for the CSE Community:
CSE Events Calendar

Report racial bias and discrimination

Disease does not discriminate. Racial discrimination and stereotyping is not tolerated at the U of M. If you experience or witness harassment or discrimination related to the COVID-19 outbreak, report it to the Bias Response & Referral Network.

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