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Parent & Family Orientation Resources

Welcome to our Parent and Family Resource Page. 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.

Gold Book

Gold Book is a guidebook to help you and your student in your first year at the University. Gold Book is designed to support your transition and includes sections on Life at the U of M, Learning at the U of M, and Your Next Steps. It will introduce you to some of the University’s departments and services—and the people, places, and things that will be a part of your daily life. Read and refer to this book as you prepare for your transition this fall. Students will receive a physical copy of Gold Book in August.

Explore Gold Book

Jump to: Weekday Gopher Sessions | Friday Gopher Sessions | Campus Resources | College Resources


Weekday Gopher Sessions

All Weekday Gopher Sessions will take place at 12 p.m. (noon) central time.

Boynton Health is your on-campus health service with clinics on the East Bank and St. Paul campuses. Our goal is to provide the highest quality of care for you in a culture that supports equity, inclusion, and respect. This session will cover what kind of care students can receive at Boynton, as well as information about our Student Health Benefit Plan.

Join the Boynton Health Session

One Stop Student Services provides 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.

Join Introduction to One Stop

Join us for a conversation with the Parent & Family Program staff and families of other incoming students. Bring any questions you have so far and we'll be prepared with a few tips and topics you might not have considered yet. 

Join the Parent + Family Q + A Session


Friday Gopher Sessions

Sessions will take place on June 11, June 25, July 2, July 16, July 23, and August 27.

All sessions are listed in central time.

International Global Gophers & Families

ISSS is hosting the Global Gopher Events on August 27 at 8 a.m. central. Register for the Global Gopher event.


Welcome to Friday Gopher Sessions! Join us for a welcome and overview of the day!

Computer & Technology Resources

Find out about the computer resources available to students. Topics include computer hardware and software discounts; University email; Google Apps for the U of M; preparing your computer for the residence hall network; computer labs, file sharing/storage, security, and where to go for technology help.

Managing College Costs

The session is typically 25 minutes and covers a range of money-saving strategies for students and families. We use the cost of attendance budget for explaining how financial aid is calculated and how students/families can seek to save on short and long-term expenses.

Finding a Major that Fits U

Are you undecided about your major? This session shares tips on how to explore the 140+ majors at the University of Minnesota. You will hear how other U of M students found their major, learn about helpful campus resources, and develop strategies to get you started in the exploration process. Both students and families are welcome to attend!

Parent + Family Q+A

Join us for a conversation with the Parent & Family Program staff and families of other incoming students. Bring any questions you have so far and we'll be prepared with a few tips and topics you might not have considered yet. 


Join the Orientation Leaders, who are current students, as they answer your questions about life at the University of Minnesota! From academic resources to getting around campus, joining student groups to housing, the OLs will share their individual experiences.  

Academic Success Centers

Join us for an overview of the U's academic learning support services, including the University Libraries.  We will highlight a number of support areas including tutoring, research, writing, media, and success skills support.  

Boynton Health is Taking Care of U

Boynton Health is your on-campus health service with clinics on the East Bank and St. Paul campuses. Our goal is to provide the highest quality of care for you in a culture that supports equity, inclusion, and respect. This session will cover what kind of care students can receive at Boynton, as well as information about our Student Health Benefit Plan.

Q&A with CLA

Join us for a short presentation about what CLA is all about and end with getting all your CLA questions answered!


The session will inform both student and parent of various components of the program from curricular offerings to co-curricular offerings to advising and in building community.

Fraternity and Sorority Life

Attendees will learn more about the fraternity and sorority community - a community of nearly 3,000 students and almost 60 organizations.  Participants will understand the value of membership, minimum expectations, and requirements, and learn how to join one of our four councils throughout the year.  Staff and students from the Office for Fraternity and Sorority Life will be available to share information and answer questions.

A Chat with Career Services

Meet career services staff, learn what we do, and how you can connect with us. We will give you some tips on getting started thinking about your career journey and answer any of your questions!


The Department of Public Safety is committed to partnering with our campus community to ensure our students, faculty, staff, and visitors are safe. We focus on providing exceptional public safety services to our diverse campus community. We believe everyone deserves a safe and secure learning environment.


Campus Resources

Everything you need to know about registration, financial aid, billing, payment, student records, and veterans’ benefits and resources is available from One Stop.

Watch: Introduction to One Stop

Take advantage of the full Golden Gopher experience in one of our supportive on-campus communities—each with its own unique feel, pace, and proximity to campus amenities such as libraries, fitness centers, activities, and much more. Discover new interests, new friendships, and new perspectives living with students from around the world.

View the Living on Campus Presentation

What to Bring for Living on Campus

On-Campus Dining

Explore the Housing & Residential Life Website


Boynton Health is your student's on-campus health service with clinics on the East Bank and in St. Paul. Our medical professionals are experts in college student health and provide high-quality, affordable health care to the U of M community. Learn about how we can help your student stay healthy physically, emotionally, and socially.

Watch: Introduction to Boynton Health

Watch: Health Insurance

Visit the Boynton Health Website

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.

Watch: Campus Safety Resources

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

Watch: U Card Office


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!

Watch: TCF Bank

Learn about the University's cost of attendance budget and come up with a plan to manage costs, save, and plan for success!

Watch: Managing College Costs

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.

Watch: Finding a Major that Fits You

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.   

Watch: What is the Parent & Family Program?

Watch: What to Expect in Your Student's Transition

Watch: The Balance of Support

Dr. Calvin Phillips, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, welcomes you to the University of Minnesota Twin Cities

Watch: Dr. Phillips' Welcome

Your student's transition to the University doesn't stop after Orientation or move-in; this will be a full year of "firsts." Student Transition Experiences within Orientation & Transition Experiences offers support to students starting after Welcome Week through the second year. Learn about how we support students and the opportunities they will have within their time at the University.

Watch: An Inside Look to the First Year

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

Watch: Navigating the University

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. 

Watch: Fraternity & Sorority Life

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.

Watch: Commuter Resources

The University of Minnesota values diverse identities and experiences, and honors disability as an important aspect of human diversity. The Disability Resource Center (DRC) serves as a central resource for students, faculty, and staff to collectively address barriers to access on our campus. The Student Access team works with students to identify barriers and, in collaboration with faculty and staff, determine reasonable accommodations to reduce or remove those barriers.

If you have a disability and would like to discuss accommodations related to your orientation experience or otherwise, please contact the DRC at 612-626-1333 or

Explore the Disability Resource Center Website

The Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence (MCAE) is a community-based space focused on the academic experiences of first-generation students, students of Color, and American Indian students.

Explore the MCAE Website 

View the MCAE Family Presentation

The office of Multicultural Student Engagement (MCSE) is dedicated to providing diverse opportunities to all students to increase awareness, understanding, and appreciation for cultural competency, social justice, and intersectionality. We promote leadership development, student success, and retention through collaborative engaging educational programming.

Explore the MCSE Website

The Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life (GSC) is the University of Minnesota’s LGBTQIA+ campus resource center. We coordinate programs, services, and resources that uplift intersectional LGBTQIA+ realities and lived experiences.

Explore the GSC Website

The Women’s Center advances gender equity across identities. Serving students, staff, and faculty of all genders, we advance an empowering intellectual environment, educate and inspire bold feminist leaders, and advocate for an equitable University culture and world.

Explore the Women's Center Website

International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) is dedicated to serving the University of Minnesota’s international community. ISSS supports the University’s internationalization efforts by helping departments bring new foreign nationals into the community; by providing intercultural training for students, staff, and faculty; and by offering events that build links between the U.S. and international communities on campus.

Watch: Global Gopher Student Webinar

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

Explore the Virtual Resource Fair


College Information

Congratulations! You and your student are now a part of the Carlson School community! This summer, the Carlson School of Management will be hosting two webinars for parents and families of incoming students. See details on how to register below. In the meantime, please feel free to review our Incoming Student page for resources and information for your student this coming year and don't forget to check out Gopher Family Connection for information about the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities.

Carlson School of Management Parent and Family Webinars:

Friday, June 25 from 12-1 p.m. CDT; Register at
Friday, July 9th from 12-1 p.m. CDT; Register at

The College of Design is eager to answer your questions and discuss any concerns you might have.

Please look through our Frequently Asked Questions. If you have additional questions either now or later in the summer, please contact us.
Parents & Families -- You are welcome to contact Mary Vincent, director of academic advising for the College of Design, at or 612-624-4762. Feel free to send your questions via email or request to set up a time to chat via Zoom or phone.
Students -- Please contact your academic advisor. Check here for their contact information and access to online appointment scheduling.

Explore CDES FAQ

Discover the liberal arts advantage! CLA prepares students to be independent and original thinkers, to be innovators in their chosen fields, to create meaning in their lives and in their life’s work, and to become productive citizens and leaders in their communities and the world.

Watch Welcome to the College of Liberal Arts

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