Parents of Freshmen

Once your student has selected their orientation dates you will be able to register for Parent Orientation. For more specific information about the online registration process, cost, evening program, or if you prefer not to register online, visit the Registration section below. You are encouraged to attend Parent Orientation on the same day as your student if you are able. If you are unable to attend a weekday program on the same date as your student, we also offer a Saturday, June 17 Parent Program.

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Freshman Parent Orientation

Benefits of Parent Orientation

Because this time can be both exciting and challenging for the entire family, we offer a corresponding one-day program designed to complement your student's orientation experience. Parent Orientation will provide parents and guardians with valuable information that will help you support your student's transition into the University of Minnesota. Research shows that when family members understand the college experience and resources available on campus to their students and themselves, students are more successful.

Benefits of attending Parent Orientation:

  • Hear from your student’s college of enrollment about the academic expectations and the resources available to support his/her needs.
  • Address timely and relevant questions and concerns 
  • Talk one-on-one with a One Stop counselor about financial aid, tuition, and billing
  • Understanding where your student will be spending time
  • Send an important message to your student that you’re supportive in his/her education and want to be involved

Program Overview and Registration

Registration is now open!

Click here for online registration for Parent Orientation

  • Only credit cards can be used for online registration, not debit cards.
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If you would prefer to pay by check or money order (payable to the University of Minnesota), please download this form, print and complete it, and mail the form and payment to the address below.

Orientation & First-Year Programs
University of Minnesota
300 Washington Ave SE, Suite #315
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Attn. Liz White

DAY PROGRAM

We strongly encourage you to attend Parent Orientation on the same day as your student's orientation date if you are able. Please note that you are not automatically signed up for Parent Orientation when your student registers for their orientation. Parent Orientation registration is separate and you will need your student's orientation dates in order to register.

The Parent Orientation program includes lunch, a full day of workshops to assist you through this transition, and helpful materials.

COST: $25 per person for pre-registration.  Limited on-site registration is available at the cost of $35 per person. On-site registration is not guaranteed, it is highly encouraged that you pre-register for this program.

A fee waiver is available for eligible families. Please contact us for additional information.

Minneapolis Trolley Tour (Not available June 17 and in August)
$22 per person

After a day of presentations, we invite you grab dinner on your own near campus before joining us for a relaxing, air-conditioned trolley ride showcasing the beautiful city of Minneapolis. Tour highlights include the century-old Historic Milling District and the Chain of Lakes. Trolley will depart at 7:00 p.m. Advanced registration is required and space is limited.