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?

Yes!  We currently have hotel blocks at The Commons and Courtyard Minneapolis Downtown. To book at The Commons, you can call 612-379-8888 and ask for the UM Parent and Family Weekend block.    For the Courtyard Minneapolis Downtown, you can call 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.    

What are the activities and workshops available this year?

We are confirming 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 be able to select from three packages (Friday only, Saturday only, or Friday & Saturday). Details will be available by August.  

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

Ticket information will be available by August. 

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 Tailgate?

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.



Contact Us

Feel free to contact us at any time.

Meaghan Miller Thul,
Parent & Family Program