Family Resources

Parent & Family Orientation Resources

Welcome to our Parent, Family, and Guest Resource Page. Below you will find pre-recorded presentations and a schedule of the live presentations all meant to provide you with the information to support your student with their transition to the University of Minnesota. We recognize your support and guidance is integral to your student’s success and therefore we want to provide you with the information to assist them.

We have structured this page to highlight the live sessions first followed by the pre-recorded sessions. Review these presentations at your leisure and make note of which of the live presentations you want to attend and mark them on your calendar.


Hello families. My name is Lisa Gruszka and I serve as the Director of Orientation Programs. 


Hi families. My name is Meaghan Miller Thul and I serve as the Director of the Parent & Family Program.

Campus Resources


One Stop Student Services is the go-to place for expert help in learning to manage the business of being a student. Everything you need to know about registration, financial aid, billing, payment, student records, and veterans’ benefits and resources is available from One Stop.

Housing & Residential Life offers a lot of features to make student residence halls their new home away from home. Over 5,000 new students live in on-campus housing. Research shows that students who live on campus are more academically successful and are more engaged in college life.

Boynton Health is your on-campus health service, with clinics on the East Bank and St. Paul campuses.

University of Minnesota Police Department (UMPD) is a 24/7, 365-days-a-year police department with over 55 sworn officers whose mission is to keep the University and its people safe.

The U Card is the Official University of Minnesota Identification Card. It gives you access to residence halls, University buildings, athletic events & more!


etween studying, working, and having a social life, you’ve got a lot on your plate. TCF is here to help make managing your money as easy as possible!

The Center for Academic Planning & Exploration (CAPE) provides personalized services to help undergraduate students develop an action plan to aid in the major and career decision-making process.

The Parent and Family Program is here to answer questions, help navigate the university, assist in finding the appropriate resources and help talk through any challenges the parents and family members of our students are experiencing.   

Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) facilitates safe and effective integrated transportation systems that provide services for pedestrians, bicycles, transit, and vehicles.

Fraternity and Sorority Life provides engagement opportunities for more than 3,400 students in one of 60 fraternities or sororities, governed by one of four student-led councils. 

An education is literally an investment and college expenses go far beyond tuition and fees. Managing money is something new for many college students.

There are over 800 first-year commuter students and 3,000 transfer students living off-campus. Students who commute to campus may have different needs and priorities than students who live on-campus.

The University Honors Program (UHP) promotes an interdisciplinary approach to learning by providing highly qualified and motivated students with an enhanced learning experience that crosses academic boundaries.

Make the most of your education by using free academic success services! Academic success centers and resources are located across the U of M.

Orientation & Transition Experiences is here for students through their entire transition to the University, including their entire first year.

Explore and become familiar with campus resources located on East Bank, West Bank, and St. Paul areas of campus at the Virtual Resource Fair.

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