parents weekend

parents, families

& Guests

Orientation Schedule

Parent Orientation is a one-day program that runs concurrently with your student’s Day 1 of orientation. There are a few optional sessions available on Day 2 but you are not required to attend, they are intended for families who are waiting around for their student to finish registering for classes.

Day 1

Check-In and Morning Activities

  • 8:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.: University Department Resource Fair 
  • 8:15 a.m.-10:00 a.m.: Meet individually with a financial aid counselor
  • 8:50 a.m. or 9:20 a.m.: Computer Resources Info Sessions
  • Guided Tours
    • Middlebrook Hall (8:30 a.m.) - not available August 28
    • Centennial Hall (8:45 a.m.) - not available August 28
    • East Bank (9:15 a.m.)
  • 9:10 a.m.: Managing College Costs
  • 9:40 a.m.: Finding a major that fits U! 

Program begins

  • 10:15 a.m.: University Welcome*
  • 10:50 a.m.: Overview of Parent Orientation 
  • 11:20 a.m.: One Stop Student Services
  • 11:50 a.m.: Boynton Health
  • 12:10 p.m.: Safety (UMPD)
  • 12:35 p.m.: Lunch
  • 1:30 p.m.: The U Card: Your all-in-one card
  • 2:00 p.m.: College Meeting* (students in the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) and the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) will not be in the same session with their parents)
  • 3:00 p.m. or 3:35 p.m: Conference Style sessions (Choose 2)
    • Getting to Know our Parents, Guardians and Families of Scholars in the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King (MLK) Jr. & President's Emerging Scholars (PES)Programs (3:00 p.m. only)
    • Academic Success Resources
    • An Inside Look at Your Student's First Year
    • Culture and Identity as Strength: People and Resources for your Student of Color (3:35 p.m. only)
  • 4:10 p.m.: Break
  • 4:20 p.m.: Housing or Commuting session
  • 5:05 p.m.: Helping You Support Your Student
  • 5:20 p.m.: Wrap-up
  • 5:30 p.m.: Parent/Student Meet-Up*
  • 7:00 p.m. Optional Evening Program: Minneapolis Trolley Ride - You must register for this event through the Parent Registration Site

*Your student will be with you in these sessions

**Saturday, June 22: Schedule will be slightly condensed and the program will run from 9 a.m.-4:00 p.m. There will be no residence hall tours or 1-1 Financial Aid Counseling during this program.

Day 2

Feel free to attend any of the following options

  • 10:00-10:30 a.m. Computer Resources
  • 10:00-10:30 a.m. The Greek Community: Fraternities & Sororities
  • 10:40 a.m.-12:00 p.m. East Bank Campus Tour

College Sessions available to parents and families who attended the Day 1 College Meeting:

  • 8:15-9:00 a.m. Carlson School of Management (CSOM) Welcome Breakfast
  • 9:00-9:45 a.m. CSOM Parents Discussion
  • 9:00-9:45 a.m. College of Design (CDes) Parents Discussion
  • 9:00-9:45 a.m. College of Liberal Arts (CLA) Parents Discussion
  • 9:00-10:00 a.m. or 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. College of Science and Engineering (CSE) Student Engagement & Career Services
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    If you have any questions regarding Student Orientation or Welcome Week. We would be happy to answer your questions.
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