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.

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 January.

Explore Gold Book

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Campus Resources

Please note: Many of these resources were recorded in Summer 2021 and may contain past dates.

One Stop

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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

Housing & Residential Life

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Feeling nervous about sending your student off to college? You're not alone. The families of our 6,000+ residents share these exact feelings each and every year. Moving your student to campus, especially when it is for the first time, can result in a mix of excitement and anxiety. Find helpful resources, application tips (apply early!), suggestions on what to bring, and more on our website.

On-Campus Dining

Explore the Housing & Residential Life Website

Boynton Health

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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


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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

Visit the UMPD Website

U Card

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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

Managing College Costs

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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

Exploring Majors

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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

Supporting You to Support Your Student

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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

An Inside Look to the First Year

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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

Navigating the University

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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 & Sorority Life

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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

Commuter Resources

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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

Disability Resource Center

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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 [email protected].

Explore the Disability Resource Center Website


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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

Multicultural Student Engagement

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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

Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life

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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

Women's Center

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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 & Scholar Services

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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

Virtual Resource Fair

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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

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College Information (content from Summer 2021)

Carlson School of Management

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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

College of Design (CDES)

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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 [email protected] 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

College of Education and Human Development (CEHD)

College of Liberal Arts

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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

Welcome to CLA Handout

College of Science and Engineering (CSE)

University Honors Program (UHP)