Family & Student Supporters Orientation

Family & Student Supporters of Transfer Students

Student posting with parents

We are excited to partner with you as we help to transition your student to the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. We can’t wait to have them join the Gopher community! Family Orientation focuses on ways to support your student in their transition to the University of Minnesota. 


  • The Transfer Family Orientation schedule is a one-day program that focuses on the sessions that are most pertinent to transfer students. Transfer Parent & Family Schedule (Example Only)
  • The Family Orientation Program costs $45 per registrant. The registration fee is non-refundable but can be transferred to a different date or another registrant. If you need to make changes after registering, please contact [email protected].
  • After your student has registered for their student Orientation, you will be able to begin your registration. You will need your student's 7-digit ID number and date of birth. Please note: You may experience a delay in your ability to register. If you are unable to register within 24 hours of your student's registration, please contact us at [email protected].

Arriving for Orientation:


Check-In for Orientation will take place from 8 - 9:15 a.m. inside the ground floor of Coffman Memorial Union. Due to building beautification, you should enter through the Ground Floor West Accessible Entrance (Ground Floor West). The address is 300 Washington Avenue SE. Parking will be in the East River Road Garage.


Whether you are driving to campus or arriving via public transit, we have resources to help you find your way to the U of M campus.

East River Road Gargage entrance

Reduced-rate parking is available in the East River Road Garage, located at 385 East River Parkway, Minneapolis, MN 55455. When you enter the parking garage, take your ticket and keep it with you. Then, bring your ticket with you to the Orientation Information Booth to receive your reduced rate.

Please note: Families and student supporters are not able to participate in the advising or registration session with their student. It is important that students register for classes on their own with the guidance of their academic advisor and begin making their own decisions about their academic future.

What to bring

When you check in to Orientation you will receive some program materials. We also recommend you bring:

  • Your driver's license or government issued ID
  • Credit or debit card for parking
  • Notebook and pen or pencil
  • Comfortable clothing and shoes
Good to know:
Younger Children
  • The day program is not designed for younger children. If you do plan to bring younger children, please call our office at 612-624-1979 for registration information. 
Requesting Translation Services
  • We want to provide access for everyone attending the Parent Orientation program. If you or another registered guest needs language translation, we are happy to provide this accommodation. Please email our office at [email protected] at least one week prior to your scheduled Parent Orientation date. 
  • If you have a documented disability and would like to request accommodations (these include sign language interpreters and alternate formats), contact the Disability Resource Center at 612-626-1333 at least two weeks prior to Orientation. 
Mobility Issues
  • If you have a short-term disability (i.e. broken leg) and would have difficulty walking long distances, during Orientation, please contact our office for accommodations at 612-624-1979.