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Get Ready for Parent Orientation!

Before you arrive on campus with your student for Parent Orientation, here is some information to help you plan for your trip.

Arriving at Orientation

Check-In for Orientation is located on the ground floor of Coffman Memorial Union. For directions and parking information, go to Due to multiple construction projects on campus and just West of campus, please follow the directions listed on the above website. DO NOT USE GPS DIRECTIONS, as these routes will be incorrect. Please allow an extra 20 minutes for getting to campus, as traffic congestion around campus will be significant.

After parking in the East River Road Garage, take the elevator to Level 1/Plaza Level where your student should drop off their overnight luggage. Then follow the signs to Coffman Union's ground floor for Orientation Check-In.

Schedule at a Glance

Parent Orientation is a one-day program, but a few sessions are offered while your student is registering for classes on Day 2.

8:00-9:30 a.m. Check-In
8:00-10:00 a.m. Resource Fair and Morning Activities*
10:15 a.m. University Welcome*
11:20 a.m. Financial Assistance, Tuition and Billing Session
11:50 a.m. Health and Safety
12:35 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. U Card Session
2:00 p.m. College Meetings*
3:00-3:25 p.m.
and 3:35-4:00 p.m.
Breakout Sessions
4:00 p.m. Break
4:20 p.m. Housing or Commuting Session
5:05 p.m. Helping You Support Your Student
5:20 p.m. Wrap up
5:30 p.m. Day 2 Prep*
5:45-8:45 p.m. Evening Add On: Trolley ride around Minneapolis (pre-registration required)

*Session attended with your student

A more detailed schedule, with a complete listing of Morning Activities and session descriptions is available here.

On Day 2, students will finish with registration and advising at different times, depending on their academic program and college of enrollment. Some students may finish as early as 11:00 a.m., others may not be done until later in the afternoon.

Student Overnight at Orientation

It is required that all students stay overnight as part of their Orientation experience. Lodging is provided at the end of Day 1 and is automatically reserved for your student. You will not need to make these arrangements. If your student needs to stay the night before or after the two-day Orientation, space is available in Yudof Hall for an additional cost of $35, including tax per night. Go here to reserve additional housing for your student.

Parent Accommodations at Orientation

Go here for a list of hotels that are close to Orientation activities. When making your reservation, let them know that you are visiting the University of Minnesota. A discount may apply.

On-campus lodging is available at Yudof Hall, across the street from Coffman Union. The single room rate is $35 per person. You will be able to check into your room at 3:00 p.m., or earlier if your room is ready. Your room will have basic amenities such as linens and towels. Go here to make your reservation.

Evening Add-On: Minneapolis Trolley Tour

Limited space is available for the Minneapolis Trolley Tour. We invite you to grab dinner on your own near campus before joining us on a relaxing, air-conditioned 2-hour trolley ride through beautiful Minneapolis. The cost of the trolley ride is $25 per person. Check to see if space is available at

Do You Want Electronic Orientation Materials?

Download the U Minnesota mobile app to your smartphone or tablet and bring it to Parent Orientation. You can access orientation materials on the Parent and Family Guide.

What to Bring

  • $6.00 per day for parking
  • Notebook and pen or pencil
  • Comfortable clothing and shoes
  • Umbrella in case of rain
  • Light sweater or jacket for air-conditioned rooms

More Information

We look forward to seeing you at Parent Orientation! Email or call anytime if you have questions or concerns.

Orientation & Transition Experiences