Families First

Families First

Our annual Families First event welcomes family members of first-time college students (also known as first-generation students**), to the U of M community. You are an important part of your student’s experience and we look forward to having you as part of the Gopher family. As this may be your first experience navigating a university environment, we want to include you as a member of our Gopher family.

On Wednesday, September 1st, we look forward to families of first-generation students who began at the University in 2020 and those who will begin in 2021.

**This event is exclusively for families of students who are the first in their family to attend a four-year college/university to attain a bachelor's degree.

 This exciting evening includes:

  • Connecting with other families of first-generation students
  • Networking with university staff and students who are and who work with first generation students
  • A panel of experienced students and staff ready to share with you some of the in’s and out’s of experiencing the university for the first time
  • The unique opportunity to listen and watch as the incoming students attend Pride & Spirit, a special U of M tradition
  • Watching your student participate in one of the University’s significant first-year traditions
  • And of course, mingling, refreshments, and snacks!

Frequently Asked Questions:

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What is a first generation college student?

A first-generation college student is defined as a student whose parent(s)/legal guardian(s) have not completed a bachelor's degree. This means that your student is the first in your family to attend a four-year college/university to attain a bachelor's degree. This event is exclusively for families of first-generation college students.

Where does the event take place?

Each year the event takes place in Huntington Bank Stadium.

What about parking?

Please park at the Maroon Lot. Parking is free during the event.

This sounds great, I'm in! How do I register?

Invitations for Families First will be sent in July via email. Feel free to email us at [email protected] or call us at 612-626-8770 with any questions.