Parents of Freshmen

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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. Jess Meyer


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.

Evening Add-on Options (Not available June 18 and in August)

After a busy and exciting day at Parent Orientation, we have arranged additional activities you can add-on to your parent registration.  This is great opportunity to relax with other parents and process the day’s activities. Current students and staff will be available to answer any last minute questions.

Option #1: Dinner in the Campus Club: $20/person

Located on the fourth floor of Coffman Union, this membership only club is available to you during Parent Orientation.  The Campus Club is known for their locally sourced and organic ingredients and use of local purveyors to insure the best and freshest food possible. Enjoy beautiful views of downtown Minneapolis and Northrop Mall from the Terrace (weather permitting) as you enjoy your dinner. Cash bar available. Meal Options:

  • Mustard Chicken, roasted sweet potatoes, fresh seasonal vegetables
  • Flat Iron Steak with Chimichurri, roasted sweet potatoes, fresh seasonal vegetables
  • Rainbow Chard and Wild Rice Dolmades:Minnesota wild rice, mixed with roasted vegetables and herbs, rolled in rainbow chard leaves and served with dried fruit compote. (Vegan and gluten-free)

Option #2: Minneapolis Trolley Tour: $22/person

Enjoy an air-conditioned, two-hour trolley ride showcasing our beautiful city that your student will call home. Highlights include the century-old milling district, Walker Sculpture Garden, and Chain of Lakes.

Sample schedule (currently not working - use link below)

Day 1

Check-In and Morning Activities

  • 8:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.: University Department Resource Fair 
  • 8:15 a.m.-10:00 a.m.: Meet individually with a financial aid counselor
  • 8:50 a.m. or 9:20 a.m.: Computer Resources Info Sessions
  • Guided Tours
    • Middlebrook Hall (8:30 a.m.) - not available August 31
    • Territorial Hall (8:45 a.m.) - not available August 31
    • East Bank (9:15 a.m.)
    • Coffman Memorial Union (9:40 a.m.)
  • 9:10 a.m.: Managing College Costs
  • 9:40 a.m.: Finding a major that fits U! 

Program begins

  • 10:15 a.m.: University Welcome*
  • 11:10 a.m.: One Stop Student Services 
  • 11:50 a.m.: Safety
  • 12:10 p.m.: Lunch
  • 1:00 p.m.: Health
  • 1:30 p.m.: The U Card: Your Student's Key to Campus
  • 2:00 p.m.: College Meeting* (students in CEHD & CFANS will not be in the same session with their parents)
  • 3:10 p.m.: Housing or Commuting session
  • 4:15 p.m.: Helping You Help Your Student
  • 4:50 p.m.: Connecting the Dots Panel
  • 5:20 p.m.: Wrap-up
  • 5:30 p.m.: Parent/Student Meet-Up*

*Your student will be with you in these sessions

**Saturday, June 18: Schedule will be slightly condensed and the program will run from 9 a.m.-4:15 p.m. There will be no residence hall tours during this program.

Student Orientation Schedule

Interested in seeing the student schedule? Click here.

Parent Orientation Sample Schedule

Click here to see a sample of the parent schedule.

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 above. 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 18 Parent Program.

Parent Orientation Invitation

Parent Orientation brochure
Mailed inside the Orientation Newsletter for freshmen to share with parents (spring 2016). Download PDF

Parents of International Students version here.

photo of trolley