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Nondegree Checklist


  1. Order your textbooks.
    • Required textbooks for Morris Online Learning courses are available at the UMN Morris bookstore approximately two to three weeks prior to the beginning of the term. Allow three to five days for shipping and handling when ordering from the UMN Morris bookstore. When ordering books from an online vendor such as, allow two to three weeks for delivery of your books by media mail.
  2. Initiate your Internet ID account.
    • All students new to the University of Minnesota need to initiate their University Internet ID account. The information needed to initiate your account is sent with your registration confirmation letter. Your University Internet ID account only needs to be initiated once, so if you have taken classes at any of the University of Minnesota campuses—Duluth, Crookston, Rochester, Twin Cities, or Morris—you will use the same University Internet ID and password. If you don’t have your letter containing your student identification information, contact the Online Learning office. Review and manage your account options. Enroll in and use Duo Security.
  3. Send an email message to the Online Learning office from your University-assigned email account.
    • Email a short statement such as, “I have initiated my University-assigned email account.” from your University-assigned email account so we know your email account has been activated. This helps our team identify potential technical difficulties prior to the first class session.
  4. Visit the Morris One Stop Student Services.
    • The One Stop Student Services provides information about student services.
  5. Set up Parent/Guest View Access (optional).
    • The Morris Online Learning program will not release any student information to anyone without your express written consent. Do not share your University Internet ID and password with anyone. Sharing this information violates University policy and may lead to a loss of your Internet privileges and disciplinary action. If someone needs access to your student account, you may set that up through Parent/Guest View Access.
  6. Visit your MyU portal to locate access to your online course. Sign in with your University Internet ID and password. You will find Canvas course site links in the "Key Links" or "Academics" tab. 
  7. Read your “Course Welcome” email sent by your instructor to your University-assigned email account.
  8. Review the exam policies for your class.
    • If your class uses a remote proctoring system, you must have a working microphone and camera.
  9. Review the non-degree student page.
  10. Check your University-assigned email and Canvas account often for important notices.
    • Your instructor may answer your questions within the course site or answer you via your University-assigned email account—check both often.
    • You are responsible for all information sent to your University email account. This is the University’s official means of communication.
  11. Print and review your course syllabus on the first day of class.
    • Your course syllabus is located in your course site. Print and review a copy of the syllabus on the first day of class. It is a good idea to keep a copy of your course syllabus to help transfer credit to other institutions in the future if needed.
  12. Attend your course on the first day of class.
    • “Attending” an online class means signing in to the course site using your University Internet ID and password.
    • The Morris Online Learning program reserves the right to enforce the Mandatory Attendance at First Class Session policy at any time during or after the first three days of an online course in fall or spring, or the first two days of a Morris online course. This means that if you do not sign in to your online course site, participate in course activities, or contact your instructor at all during the first two to three days of your online course, you may lose your place in the class
  13. Track your grades
    • You are responsible for keeping track of your grades. Not all University faculty use the Canvas grade book, so you may need to keep track of how you are doing through your graded assignments. You may check your University of Minnesota final grades online via your MyU portal. See Viewing Grades.
  14. Review the procedure for canceling out of a course
    • All classes must be officially cancelled. It is not enough to stop submitting assignments. This usually results in a grade of “F” or “N” being assigned by the instructor.
    • If you wish to cancel a Morris online course, you must formally drop or withdraw before midnight on the day of the deadline. The essential deadlines for the Morris Online Learning program can be found at Online Learning Deadlines.
    • Please note that a change in your registration status should be made by the deadlines to drop a course without a designation of “W” (withdrawal) on your transcript.
      • A drop occurs within the first 10 days of campus instruction and will not appear on your transcript.
      • A withdraw occurs after 10 days of campus instruction and will appear on your transcript.
    • To cancel, please email the following information using your University-assigned email account.
        • your name
        • your student ID number
        • your cancel statement: “I wish to cancel out of the Morris Online Learning course Department and Number (for example, Psy 1051): Course Name (for example, Introduction to Psychology).”
  15. GPA requirements
    • All nondegree students are required to meet University of Minnesota academic progress requirements to enroll in courses from Morris Online Learning for another semester.
  16. Pay your bill
    • Nondegree students are not eligible for the payment plan. Payments must be received, not postmarked, by the due date to avoid additional charges and a hold on your record.
    • The online billing and payment system is the official means of generating tuition bills to all currently enrolled University of Minnesota, Morris students. You will receive a notice in your University-assigned email account when your bill is ready to be viewed online. Your online statement will detail the amount due and the payment due date. Students are advised to pay when a billing statement is received from the University of Minnesota.
    • Tuition refunds are available only through specified dates for each semester.