NEXUS One Experience

The following applies only to students who began UHP Fall 2018 or later.

Starting fall 2019 (piloting fall 2018), all UHP first-year students must complete the NEXUS One Experience during their first year. This is not a course, nor does it have a defined final product to be submitted and/or evaluated. Rather, the NEXUS One program aims not only to foster conversation and a sense of shared experience between students across the University, but also to lay the groundwork for the entirety of their undergraduate career. Specifically, we hope that NEXUS One gives the students a sense of awareness about their own identity, values, and goals; that it creates a context for thinking about interdisciplinary connections; that it facilitates access to research; that it primes students to develop a thesis idea germane to their professional and personal goals; and that it grounds them in a sense of the places—both local and global— and times—past, present, and future—that will shape them as lifelong learners. Topics include:


  • self-identity, values, and developmental goals
  • what it means to be part of a large research University, including a specific introduction to the mission of the University of Minnesota and its Grand Challenges
  • orientation to large fields of inquiry (e.g., arts, humanities, hard sciences, social sciences, business, health care, and so forth)
  • orientation to the student's home college via a module insert
  • orientation to research and the resources available at the University
  • orientation to academic integrity in research
  • orientation to the greater Twin Cities community and to community-engaged learning
  • preparing to apply for national and international scholarships
  • an introduction to learning-abroad possibilities
  • an introduction to the responsibilities of future leaders to understand the present intertwined economic, environmental, psychological, and geo-political realities facing Homo sapiens