Parent and Family Weekend General Schedule

Parent & Family Weekend 2017 Schedule

(October 13-15)

Parent and Family Weekend is a time for families to visit their students and get a small glimpse into their lives. Over the course of the weekend, we have a handful of fun activities planned for you and your students to participate in. Below is a generalized schedule of the weekend activities available to all registered families!

Registration Costs

Weekend Guest Package- includes all non-food events (workshops, College based events and Open Houses, RecWell access)

Type of Guest

Early Registration (before 10/1/17)

Late Registration (Between 10/1/17 - on site)

Guest

$15

$20

UMN Student

$0

$0

Future Gopher (10-18)

$10

$15

Kids under 10

$0

$0

Gopher Get Together- Friday evening from 4-6pm.  Includes light appetizers, cash bar, campus resource representatives, PAWS. Space is limited!  

Type of Guest 

Early Registration (Before 10/1/17)

Late Registration (Between 10/1/17 - 10/10/17)

Guest

$12

$20

UMN Student

$10

$15

Future Gopher (10-18)

$10

$15

Kids under 10

$0

$0

Pancake Brunch- Saturday prior to the Football game (time TBD) in the 3M Arena at Mariucci.  Enjoy some Gopher spirit with pancakes, games, and a few friendly competitions.  

Type of Guest

Early Registration (Before 10/1/17)

Late Registration (Between 10/1/17 - 10/10/17)

Guest

$15

$20

UMN Student

$10

$15

Future Gopher (10-18)

$10

$15

Kids under 10

$0

$0

Possible add ons:
Parent & Family Weekend T-shirts- $5 each

Gopher Football Tickets- prices vary

Other Gopher athletic events (to be shared as they become available- prices vary)

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Friday, October 13th

Check-in

Check-in will take place in the Coffman Theater Lobby from 10am to 6pm. Once you are all checked in, you’re welcome to explore campus or the twin cities area, and of course participate in any of the events scheduled for Parent & Family Weekend.

Educational Sessions

There will be various educational sessions taking place in the Coffman Memorial Union Theater that families are welcome to attend. Each session will be fifty minutes long and sessions will go from 1pm to 4pm, starting on the hour. Each session will have a different topic or focus point and families are encourage to the sessions that spark their interest. Below are brief explanations of some of the sessions offered.

Brief Outlines of Educational Session Topics

-RecWell: Families are welcome to try out our campus’ beautiful recreation and wellness center. Work out on your own, attend a class, or just scope it all out.

-Learning Abroad Center: Families can attend this to learn more about all of the many opportunities available for their student, hear about the countless benefits students gain from studying abroad, and discover ways that they can help their student make it all possible.

-What’s Next: Housing 2018: Families are invited to look into the world of housing after the first year! Learn about all of your different options in the area surrounding campus, and certain details to look for and ask about when searching for a place for your student to live.

-Career Planning: Families will experience hands on learning about the career planning resources provided by the University. Get answers to the questions you have regarding interviews, jobs, internships and more. Families will also get to hear from current students about their internship and engagement experiences.

Gopher Get Together

From 4pm to 6pm join us at The Commons Hotel to wind down with beverages and snacks (Snacks are included in the event price and beverages can be bought at a cash bar). The room will be filled with various representatives from different resources on campus who will be hanging out for the entirety of the happy hour, and would be happy to answer any questions that you may have! We will also have a room dedicated to a program called PAWS that is active on campus. PAWS promotes destressing by way of petting adorable animals of all sorts. (There will be a space capacity for this event)

Evening Entertainment Options

Starting and 6pm there will be various options for families to choose from including the Gopher Vs. Penn State hockey game. (More information to come)

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Saturday, October 14th

Educational Sessions

There will be several more educational sessions held Saturday morning in the University’s Recreation and Wellness Center. Each session will again be fifty minutes long and start times will be determined based on the start time of the Gopher Football game.  

Brief Outlines of Educational Session Topics

-Learning Abroad Center: Families can attend a session to learn more about all of the different opportunities available for their student, hear about the countless benefits students gain from studying abroad, and discover ways that they can help their student make it all possible.

-What’s Next: Housing 2018: Families are invited to look into the world of housing after the first year! Learn about all of your different options in the area surrounding campus, and certain details to look for and ask about when searching for a place for your student to live.

Pancake Brunch

Join us for a pancake breakfast in the concourse of the 3M Arena at Mariucci prior to the Gopher Football game. Families and their students are invited to come enjoy mingling, games, some friendly competition, and some deliciously fluffy pancakes (and other goodies) while they prepare to cheer on the Golden Gophers!

Gopher vs. MSU Football Game

The football game versus Michigan State University will take place at TCF Bank Stadium. The Parent & Family Program and Gopher Athletics are happy to offer a great discount on game tickets for families registered for Parent & Family Weekend. (Discounts include 25% off the public ticket price for Zones 1-3 and a range of $20-$30 off all other zones) You'll receive a link to purchase tickets in the email you receive confirming your registration to Parent & Family Weekend. Families who choose not to register and attend Parent & Family Weekend activities may purchase game tickets at a reduced rate for bench seats, Zones 4-6: we will provide a link for families to do so when possible.

Football Tickets

Gopher Sports is happy to provide a range of great offers for Football tickets for those who attend Parent & Family Weekend.  Once you complete your registration, you'll receive a confirmation email including a link to purchase tickets at a reduced rate. 

Families not participating in PFW but who want to attend the Football game may use this link (https://z.umn.edu/PFWNonRegistered) to purchase tickets at a bit of a discount.  

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:  (https://www.facebook.com/groups/556559901030323/).

Athletic Events

Various athletic events will be hosted after 6pm at the University and tickets will be available for family members who are interested in attending. More details to come.

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Sunday, October 15th

Sunday will be left open for families to do whatever their hearts desire. Enjoy a yummy brunch at one of the many diverse restaurants in the area and/or to explore the city and all of the fun events it has to offer! We will have a list of recommended activities and events being offered over the weekend that families are welcome to look into!

Keep in mind:

Minneapolis is a big metropolitan area and always has fun events that draw people in from all over. On Parent and Family weekend there are two events that are particularly popular that we want to make sure all families are aware of. The Zombie Pub Crawl (October 14th) and the Vikings Vs. Packers game (October 15th) are both planned for this weekend. We wanted all of our families to be aware of the tourism that these events tend to attract, meaning hotels may fill up a little bit quicker than normal, and we want to encourage you to book as soon as possible! Below we have linked some more information on both events for those who are interested.

http://www.zombiepubcrawl.com/2017-minneapolis/

http://www.vikings.com/schedule/season-schedule.html