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Thank you for supporting the student in your life! Here is some information to help you and your student plan for your upcoming Orientation Program.

Arriving at Orientation

Check-In for Orientation is located on the ground floor of Coffman Memorial Union. For directions and parking information, go to Please follow the directions listed on the above website. DO NOT USE GPS DIRECTIONS, as these routes will be incorrect. Please allow plenty of time for getting to campus, as traffic congestion around campus can happen.

After parking in the East River Road Garage, take the elevator to Level 1/Plaza Level. Then follow the signs to Coffman Union's ground floor for Orientation Check-In.

Parent and Guest Program Schedule

Parent Orientation is a half-day program.

8:00-8:40 a.m. Check-In | Resource Fair | Financial Aid Counseling
8:40 a.m. University Welcome
9:40 a.m. Supporting Your Transfer Student
10:05 a.m. Financial Assistance, Tuition and Billing Session
10:40 a.m. Health and Safety
11:25 a.m. Navigating the University
11:50 a.m. Transfer Student Panel
11:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Lunch with Transfer Student Leaders (TSL)
12:30 p.m. or 2:00 p.m. Campus Tour (optional)

Students will finish with advising and registration at different times, depending on their college of enrollment and academic program. Some students may finish as early as 11:30 a.m., others may not be done until later in the afternoon.

Parent Overnight Accommodations

For a list of hotels that are close to campus and applicable discount codes, visit here.

On-campus lodging is available at Yudof Residence Hall. The rate is $35 for one person, per night; and $70 for two people, per night including tax. You will be able to check into your room at 2:00 p.m., or earlier if your room is ready. Your room will have basic amenities such as linens and towels. To make your reservation, visit here. If you will be staying overnight on campus, please leave your luggage in your vehicle (if possible) until you can check into your room.

More Information

You can find additional information in our U Minnesota mobile app. Download the app, then select the Parent & Family Guide. More information can be found here. We look forward to seeing you at your Parent and Guest Program! Please contact us anytime if you have questions or concerns.

Orientation & Transition Experiences