Frequently Asked Questions for Parent and Family Weekend

Commonly Asked Questions:


Why did you select this weekend?

There are a lot of factors that go into selecting the date for Parent and Family Weekend.  First, we look at the home football schedule, as we like being able to include a home football game into the weekend.  Then, we look at weekends that are not too close to the beginning of the year, but also not too close to the Thanksgiving break.  After that, we work with campus partners to plan around other large events like Homecoming, big admissions visit days, etc. 

Do you have hotel blocks for hotels?

The secured hotel blocks are currently full at The Commons and Courtyard Minneapolis Downtown.  Of course, guests often change their reservations or cancel, so you may try to book at The Commons (612-379-8888 and ask for the UM Parent and Family Weekend block) or the Courtyard Minneapolis Downtown (877-699-3216 and mention "University of Minnesota Parent & Family Weekend" or reserve your space here online).  

There are many other great hotels near campus that you may wish to consider.  We recommend finding a room at a hotel on the light rail line so that transportation is easy!

What are the activities and workshops available this year?

We will continue to add to the final list of workshops and optional activities, but the topics will be related to housing, career planning, and other topics that will be pertinent to our Gopher families. The activities list will include both events on and off campus in the surrounding metro area. 

What is the cost for Parent and Family Weekend?

The fee for registration is a per person rate. For PFW 2017, participants will pay a small fee for the weekend (Friday-Sunday) with the option of paying additional fees for our Gopher Get Toghether and our Pancake Brunch. 

How can I purchase football tickets to the Minnesota v. Michigan State game?

The Parent & Family Program and Gopher Athletics work together to provide tickets for the football game at a reduced rate.  Once you register for PFW, you'll receive a link to purchase tickets at the PFW rate.    

Families not participating in PFW but who want to attend the Football game may use this link ( to purchase tickets at a bit of a discount.  

Will I be able to sit with my student at the football game?  

If students have already purchased tickets (either season passes or individual tickets), they will be seated in the student section. The tickets you, as a family member, purchase will not be in the student section.  The athletics ticket office can help you with options for sitting together as a family once PFW tickets go on sale.

Do we have to attend the football game in order to attend the Pankcake Brunch?

No, absolutely not.  We will update families on options for watching the game via TV. Other families may visit a local establishment to view the game or choose to do something else for the afternoon.

When will we know the time of the game?  

We may not know the time of the game until 7-10 days prior.

What if I need to cancel my PFW Registration?

Sometimes things come up and your plans change.  If you need to cancel your PFW registration, we are happy to offer a full refund before October 1st, 2017.  After October 1st and before the October 12th, cancellations will be granted a 50% refund.  No refund is possible for any cancellations after October 12th

In order to cancel your registration, log into the same site that you used to register. When you log in, you should be immediately brought to the final page of registration. Here there should be a button that says 'cancel registration'. Click on this button and select the events/packages you want to cancel.