Parent & Family Orientation

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!

Parent and Family Orientation

Parent & Family Orientation focuses on ways to support your student in transition to the University of Minnesota.

After your student has registered for their Orientation date you will be able to begin your registration. You will need your student's 7-digit ID number and their 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]

Register for Parent & Family Orientation

You are encouraged, but not required to sign up for an Orientation session that matches your student's date. Registration closes 72 hours prior to each Orientation session.

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Schedule

Parents & Families of the Class of 2026 (Freshmen)

The Parent & Family Orientation program for families of Freshmen students is a two-day program. The first day includes a more formal program, while the second day includes a series of optional opportunities.

Sessions & Events include:

  • Resource Fair
  • Sessions related to Financial Aid & College Costs, Health & Safety, Academic Resources, and more
  • Residence Hall and Campus Tours
  • College Meetings
  • Optional meetings with One Stop Counselors or Disability Resource Center

A full schedule and session options will be available in May.

Parents & Families of Transfer Students

The Transfer Parent & Family Orientation schedule is a one-day program that focuses on the sessions that are most pertinent to transfer students.

Sessions & Events include:

  • Resource Fair
  • Sessions related to One Stop and Health & Safety
  • Transfer Student Panel
  • Optional Campus Tours
  • Optional meetings with One Stop Counselors or Disability Resource Center

A full schedule and session options will be available in May.

Cost

The Parent & Family Orientation Program costs $30 per registrant. Lunch and program materials are provided.

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]

Directions & Parking

Directions

Whether you are driving to campus or arriving via public transit, you can find your way to Orientation using the information at z.umn.edu/orientationdirections.

Parking

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.

Overnight Accommodations

Lodging is not provided for Parent & Family Orientation. Learn more about overnight accommodations available for Parents & Families.

Freshman students attending Orientation in June & July will stay on-campus between day one and day two of their session. Transfer student Orientation is a one-day program and housing is not provided.

Our Orientation staff is readily available to assist you with your Orientation experience and/or questions about the University. Feel free to contact us using the chat feature below, via email at [email protected], or call 612-624-1979.