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Congratulations on your admission to the Humphrey School of Public Affairs! We are delighted to welcome you to our community of scholars and activists. Please review the following important information regarding your admission to the Humphrey School.
Spring Visit Day
The Humphrey School holds its Spring Visit Day in April each year, so admitted students can learn about the School, meet our distinguished faculty, and network with current students as well as alumni. Spring Visit Day is scheduled for Monday, April 3, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., in person at the Humphrey School.
Admitted Humphrey School applicants who applied by the December 15 or January 15 deadlines are automatically considered for merit-based aid awards. Merit-based aid is competitive at the Humphrey School, and if awarded merit aid, you will be notified by the Humphrey Office of Admissions in mid-March.
Advising Questions or Concerns
If you have questions or concerns about your specific program (MDP, MHR, MPP, MS-STEP, or MURP), please email the Humphrey Career and Student Success Office at [email protected] or schedule an appointment.
Next Steps for Enrolled Students
Faculty advisor assignments
Incoming fall students in the MDP, MHR, MPP, MS-STEP, and MURP programs will be notified of their faculty advisor assignments before the end of June.
You will receive information on how to sign up for our Humphrey Mentor Program in mid- to late August. This program links Humphrey School students with local alumni who share their professional interests. You will receive access to a short online training to complete prior to signing up.
Career development class
Please consider registering for PA5910: Developing Your Public Service Career, our one-credit class developed especially for you! Assistant Director Amber Bieneck Thom will be teaching this class, and it is a great way to learn about potential career paths and ensure that you focus on your job or internship search fall semester. It also helps you to develop the tools you need for your whole career. Students find it is a great way to keep themselves accountable to work on their networking or job/internship searches throughout the semester. Since Amber is arranging a number of alumni panels, you will also end the class with more than 12 alumni contacts and receive advice and information from each of them. This class is appropriate for both first-year and second-year students from all Humphrey School programs. Register while there is still room and let us know if you have questions.
Internships provide excellent opportunities for all students and are required for the MHR, MPP, and MURP degrees. This internship must be:
a) a minimum of 200 hours
b) primarily professional-level work, and
c) related to the student's academic focus and career goals
To get ideas for planning your internship or for more information on the requirement, visit our internship FAQ page. In addition, you will receive an email in mid- to late August about an internship planning workshop where you can ask questions and learn more about the internship requirement.
Requesting a deferral
Our expectation is that students apply with the intention of enrolling in the fall semester.
Admitted applicants may request a one-year deferral of their admission. Requests for deferrals are considered on a case-by-case basis. Deferral requests must be submitted using the online deferral form. If a one-year deferral is granted, the student must:
- Complete the online Enrollment Form by indicating "Yes"
- Plan to resubmit an updated personal statement and resume directly to the Director of Admissions by merit-based aid consideration deadlines (either December 15 or January 15) in order to be considered for aid in the following year, and by April 1, for all other applicants.
Deferred applicants will receive a request to submit their updated materials during the next fall application season.
Questions about visas?
Online orientation, registration, new student hold
All incoming Humphrey School students have a new student hold on their accounts until pre-registration activities have taken place. In May, you'll receive information on how to access online orientation activities as well as information on your first-semester registration. Registration for incoming students begins on June 15.
Orientation for incoming students will be held from August 28 to September 1, 2023. More details to come.
Important information and resources
Location and directions to the Humphrey School of Public Affairs: Not sure how to get here or where to park? We've got you covered!
Parking and transportation information: Learn about where to park, where you can lock your bike, public transportation, and more!
Getting your U Card: All Humphrey community members are asked to carry their U Cards at all times to allow access to campus buildings. If you need a U Card, you can upload your photo and pick up your card quickly to avoid lines at the U Card office.
Canvas courses: Some professors will send you email invitations to join their Canvas course; other times, you will just see the course when you click on "My Courses." Note that courses are not visible until the faculty member publishes them, and not all courses are published yet.
Humphrey School Building Access
Public Hours: Some campus facilities are open to the general public during public hours without the need for a U Card. Not all University buildings have public hours.
University Hours: All active faculty, staff, and students are granted general door U Card access during University hours to most UMTC buildings. This means you will need to swipe your U Card to get into the building.
Restricted Hours: Areas requiring restricted access for security reasons are not covered by University hours. Access requirements during restricted hours are determined by the Humphrey School.
- Public hours at the Humphrey School (main doors open)
- M–F 7 a.m.–7 p.m.
- University hours at the Humphrey School (main doors U Card access)
- M–F 6 a.m.–10 p.m.
- Saturday 7a.m.–1p.m.
Office areas and the front desk at the Humphrey School are open to the public Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Restricted hours for the Humphrey School office areas, including the front desk, are 4:30 p.m. to 8 a.m. During restricted hours, you must be granted permission by the Humphrey School to be able to swipe your U Card for entry into the offices. Restricted hours begin automatically each day and you should take precautions not to unintentionally be locked out when moving between any general public areas like stairways, hallways, or restrooms, and restricted office areas.
For emergencies, or if you have a U Card and an immediate need for access to the Humphrey School building and your U Card is not working, contact the Public Safety Emergency Communications Center (PSECC) at 612-626-3680.
To apply for U Card access to the main doors outside of University hours, or to the office areas during restricted hours, please fill out the form at z.umn.edu/hhhaccess
For more information, visit Door Access | U Card Twin Cities
Small Group Meeting Spaces
The following spaces are available to Humphrey School students for group meetings. Contact the Humphrey School Front Desk ([email protected] or 612-626-8910). If you work at the Humphrey School, these spaces can be booked via your Google calendar when you add a room to your meeting (calendar names begin HHHCtr-).
(3) Closed-door meeting spaces inside room 40 on the lower level of the Humphrey School. Available on a first-come first-serve basis, and can accommodate up to six people per room. Subject to University Hours.
(3) Cube-size sliding-door meeting rooms inside room 40, on the lower level of the Humphrey School. Available on a first-come first-serve basis and can accommodate up to four people per space. Subject to University Hours.
(4) Closed-door meeting spaces (referred to as internal conference rooms): rooms 131, 173, 175, and 274. Rooms accommodate up to 10 people each. Please note that these rooms will be subject to restricted hours during which you will need your U Card and have been granted permissions. But they are open to the public Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
(3) Meeting spaces inside computer lab 50, on the lower level of the Humphrey School. Available on a first-come first-serve basis and can accommodate 6-10 people per room. Subject to University Hours.
Freeman Commons conference room (205) is available by registration. Contact Ashley Peifer, the Conference Center Coordinator ([email protected] or 612-625-1806). Room accommodates up to 25 people.
Humphrey School classrooms can be reserved on an "as available" basis. Classrooms are of varying sizes and can be reserved online (classroom.umn.edu). Room 50B, located in the back of the computer lab 50, can also be reserved.
Student Locker Rentals
Lockers are available for student rental in the lower level of Blegen/Wilson Halls which is very accessible to the Humphrey School. Your rental agreement gives you a locker through the fall and spring semesters. Students are responsible for providing a lock. Contact the Humphrey School Front Desk ([email protected] or 612-626-8910).
Other Important Information
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