Frequently Asked Questions for Parent & 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 & 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?

*Please note that our block at The Graduate Minneapolis is now FULL.

We have secured hotel blocks through which parents and family members can reserve rooms for Parent & Family Weekend at both the Courtyard Marriott on West Bank and The Graduate Minneapolis on East Bank . This is on a first come-first serve basis, so be sure to make your reservation(s) as soon as possible, as they tend to fill up quickly!

If you wish to make a reservation at the Courtyard Marriott, use this link.

If you wish to make a reservation at The Graduate Minneapolis, either call 612-379-8888, Press 1 for Reservations and ask for the UM Parent and Family Weekend OR follow this link*Please note that our block at The Graduate Minneapolis is now FULL. 

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!

How can I purchase football tickets for the game on Friday , October 26th?

We have teamed up with Athletics to provide families with two special discounted rates on football tickets - one for registered families and one for non-registered families. 

For registered families: Once you have finished the registration process and you are successfully registered, you will receive a confirmation email (this email is sent immediately). Your confirmation email will contain the link that will bring you to the site at which you can purchase your football tickets.  Ticket prices for registered families are offered at $15 less than the public single game ticket price, with the exception of tickets listed in Zone 2, which are at the same rate as the public single game ticket price, but are grouped with other family members.  

For non-registered families:  Families not interested in attending Parent & Family Weekend activities but who do want to attend the Football Game are encouraged to purchase tickets via this link. Ticket prices for families using this link are offered at $10 less than the public single game ticket price.  

All of our tickets will be for seats located in the same areas of the stadium. We do this to help facilitate families sitting near other families here for Parent & Family Weekend. 

My student has a season ticket in the student section.  What are my options? 

You have several options for game seating.  First, your student can keep their ticket and sit in the student section, while you sit in whichever section you select for your tickets.  If your student would like to sit with you for the game, you will need to purchase a ticket for your student along with your family.  Your student can then either transfer their season ticket to another student or visit this site to sell it to another student:  ( 



Contact Us

Feel free to contact us at any time.

Meaghan Miller Thul,
Parent & Family Program

For Parent & Family Weekend questions,
please call our helpline at: 763-290-0166