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

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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 and families will receive a physical copy of Gold Book at Orientation.

The 2023-24 Gold Book will be available in May 2023.

Explore Gold Book

Virtual Resource Fair

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Explore and become familiar with campus resources and departments located on East Bank, West Bank, and St. Paul areas of campus with the interactive Virtual Resource Fair. When you are on campus for your Orientation session, you will be able to connect in person with many of these resources. 

Explore the Resource Fair