Parent & Family Weekend

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Registration is now available! Visit

We are also in the process of securing the technology needed to allow for educational sessions to be recorded and available virtually if traveling to campus doesn’t work for your family.

Parent & Family Weekend is a great time to visit campus, to enjoy some of the great activities available on campus and to explore the day-to-day of your student’s life. 

We hope you are able to enjoy good quality time with your student, and we look forward to providing you with some education, fun and the opportunity to connect with other families, staff and faculty.

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Friday, October 28, 2022, through Sunday, October 30, 2022.

What you can expect

What you can expect

Programming will begin in the afternoon on Friday, October 28 and will wrap-up by 12:00pm on Sunday, October 30. 


Consider what works best for your family as you plan your attendance. Some families choose to come for the entire weekend, while others may pop in for a quick visit. Whether you attend all or one of our events offered, we are excited to have you join us on campus.

Keep in mind that the U of M is a large campus, and visitors will do a lot of walking. Comfortable shoes and appropriate layers for outside activities are essential

Registration and cost

You can now register for Parent & Family Weekend 2022!



Early Bird registration is open through September 30, 2022.  

Registration will be open through October 27. Registration after will be on site, based on space availability and payable by cash or check only.

Cancellation policy: Families may cancel their registration up to 14 days in advance of PFW for a 100% refund. Cancellations made from October 23-November 3rd will receive a 50% refund. Any cancellations made after November 3rd will receive no refund.


Registration includes:

  • Exclusive promotional items:
    • Everyone will receive a silicone wristband
    • Each family will receive one:
      • Clear game day bag
      • Magnetic photo frame
  • Access to the Recreation & Wellness Center all weekend
  • Friday:
    • Refreshments at check-in
    • Variety of educational sessions
    • College specific programming
    • Gopher Get Together event
  • Saturday:
    • Alumni Association's Ski-U-Mania Tailgate
    • LGBTQIA Hospitality space provided by Gender & Sexuality Center
  • Sunday:
    • Sunday Morning at the Rec Center event


Registration cost:

  • Adults/Guests  $30 ($20 early bird)
  • Current/Future Gopher $20 ($12 early bird)
  • Children <10 FREE

Promo Code/ Fee Waiver:  If your student meets the eligibility criteria for a Pell Grant, your family might be eligible for a reduced or waived PFW registration fee.  Please click here to register for a fee waiver.  These requests will be checked weekly and we will get back to you as soon as possible with additional information.

 Register online today!

Athletic Events (Not Included in Registration)

As part of Parent & Family Weekend, families are invited to cheer on our Golden Gophers as they take on Rutgers on Saturday, October 29. All Gopher Families can click here to purchase tickets to the game at a special family rate.

A few important notes:

  • The game time is yet to be announced and it is likely we'll learn the game time about 10 days in advance.  
  • If your student has season tickets, you have some options. First, your student can sit in the student section while your family sits in the seats you purchase. You can meet up before and after the game.  Or, after you check in with your student, you decide as a family that you'd all like to sit together, your student can transfer their ticket to another student and you can purchase a ticket for them to sit with you. It is not possible for families to sit in the student section.  
  • Purchasing football and other athletic tickets is a separate process from registering for Parent & Family Weekend. 

If you have questions about tickets, please connect with the Gopher Ticket Sales & Service Office at [email protected] or call 1-800-U-GOPHER.  For questions about Parent & Family Weekend, please contact [email protected]

As other team schedules are finalized, we’ll share details about other games you might wish to attend!

Travel Plans and Hotel Reservations

As you are making travel arrangements, do what works best for you and your family. Oftentimes, families coming from a distance choose to travel to campus on Friday and return home on Sunday afternoon. 

  • Graduate Minneapolis Hotel: block is full
  • Courtyard Marriott Hotel: block is full
  • *NEWLY ADDED* Radisson Red Hotel: rooms available!
    • Here are three different ways to book into the block of rooms reserved for Parent & Family Weekend, with a matching rate to the hotels previously offered:

      • Use this Booking Link: UMN Parents Week 2022

      • Access the Booking Window on our Main Webpage and use the Promotional Code UMNPWK

      • Call 1-800-333-3333 and ask for the UMN Parents Week 2022 Room Block

Make sure you act quickly as hotels fill up fast in the area with home football games for both the Gophers and Vikings that weekend.

Unfortunately, the Graduate Minneapolis and Courtyard Marriott Hotels blocks were filled within one week of sending out via Gopher Family Connection in mid-July.

There are several other hotels in the immediate vicinity; however, we do not know their current vacancy. We encourage you to book well in advance as spaces do fill up quickly with the home football game.

Everyone is welcome!

Parent & Family Weekend is not only for families of first-year students and it’s definitely not just for parents. All families, extended families, grade school siblings and supporters are welcome to join us! 

Keep in mind that the U of M is a large campus, and visitors will do a lot of walking. Comfortable shoes and appropriate layers for outside activities are essential.

Check-in with your student

Students are typically eager for a visit from home by this time in the semester. They may be tired, overwhelmed, or stressed and in need of some family time. By late October, students are generally settled in and have a regular routine. Ask them to take you to their favorite study spot or explore a nearby restaurant they've been wanting to try. 

Make sure to discuss your student’s schedule for the weekend in advance. Classes are still in session on Friday and your student may have study group or student group activities already on their calendar.

2022 Schedule


Check-In 11:00am - 4:40pm

Coffman Memorial Union, Theater Lobby (First Floor)

Pick up your promo items including your wristband which will serve as your ticket to events (excluding the football can and Celebrating Gopher Families). Please make every effort to check in on Friday. Check-in will also be available during the Gopher Get Together event on Friday night from 5:00pm-8:30pm. Your student can also check-in your family!

Educational Sessions 12:00pm - 5:00pm

Coffman Memorial Union, Theater (First Floor)

Attendance at all educational sessions is included in the PFW registration, but not required. 

Going Global 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Going abroad is one of the most exciting parts of the student experience, but it requires family support, forethought, and planning. Learn how students incorporate international opportunities into undergraduate programs. Hear about the impact of study abroad on career preparation, and empower your future U graduate to distinguish him/herself in the global workforce.

Career Tracks 1:00pm - 2:00pm

In this interactive session, you will learn about tools and resources available to your students as they plan for their careers. We'll talk about ways parents can support their students to grow into independent, confident, career-ready adults. We'll discuss some of the new trends in how students are learning about careers and finding career opportunities. Finally, you will hear from two students about their experiences planning for their careers.

Housing 2023 2:00pm - 3:00pm

It may feel early to think about housing for the next year, but the time for signing a lease or extending a contract is already here. Learn about housing options on campus and in the U of M community as well as important details about what to look for when signing a contract. This session will include representatives from Housing & Residential Life, Off-Campus Living and Student Legal Service.

Don't Ask Me What My Major Is 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Understanding the Importance of Major Exploration:  Choosing a major can be a sometimes stressful and challenging process for students (and their parents!). This session will introduce major exploration, the myths related to choosing a major, University resources to assist students with finding a major that is a good fit, and ways to support your student as an ally in the exploration process.

Offices to Support your Student- What Families Need to Know 4:00pm - 5:00pm

This panel will feature UofM staff from a variety of support-related offices (Boynton health professionals,, Student Counseling Services, Aurora Center, CARE Program, Disability Resource Center). The panelists will share information, provide "how to's" for families, and answer questions.

College Specific Opportunities (included) 

Your student’s college wants to connect with you! Details coming soon from the following colleges:

  • College of Biological Sciences
  • College of Education and Human Development
  • College of Design
  • College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
  • College of Liberal Arts
  • College of Science and Engineering
  • Carlson School of Management

Gopher Get Together 5:30pm - 8:00pm 

Weisman Art Museum

The Gopher Get Together will be an open house style event where you can come and go as you please. Enjoy finger foods and live jazz music as you explore the art galleries and spend time with your family, other families and campus staff. There will also be a Gopher Family Selfie station outside on the second floor with an amazing view of the river, Washington bridge and the downtown skyline. Attendance to this event is included in the PFW registration, but not mandatory.



Ski-U-Mania Tailgate Two hours before the Football game 

Outside McNamara Alumni Center

Join the official Gopher tailgate of the Alumni Association. Open to all, this tailgate will feature food trucks, alumni vendors, sponsors and activity booths, bar service, a kids corner with face painting plus a chance to win raffle prizes!


Gopher Football Game TBD (exact time may not be announced until 10 days prior)

Special family rate tickets are available for purchase using this link. These tickets are NOT included in registration for Parent & Family Weekend, be sure to purchase tickets separately!


LGBTQIA Hospitality Space

The Gender and Sexuality Center on campus will be hosting students, parents and family members at their office in Appleby Hall on Saturday. All attendees are welcome to stop by, meet the GSC's staff and learn more about their services offered to campus.



Sunday Morning at the Rec 9:00am - 12:00pm

Recreation & Wellness Center, Beacon Room

Start your morning with continental breakfast in the Beacon Room. You are welcome to use the recreation center’s equipment and facilities all weekend free of charge!

Enjoy a yoga class at 10:15am or bouldering and crate stacking throughout the morning as well.


Educational Session 11:00am - 12:00pm

Recreation & Wellness Center, Beacon Room

Housing 2023 11:00am - 12:00pm

It may feel early to think about housing for the next year, but the time for signing a lease or extending a contract is already here. Learn about housing options on campus and in the U of M community as well as important details about what to look for when signing a contract. This session will include representatives from Housing & Residential Life, Off-Campus Living and Student Legal Service.

Celebrating Gopher Families Brunch (additional cost) 11:00am-12:30pm 

(McNamara Alumni Center)

Does your family’s Gopher connection span generations? If so, then this brunch is for you! The University of Minnesota Alumni Association invites families with U of M alumni (e.g. parent, grandparent, sibling, aunt, uncle, and/or other family member) to celebrate the special legacy they are passing on to their student(s). This event will feature photos with Goldy and a special pinning ceremony for students and their alumni family members.

Pre-registration is required and includes a delicious brunch buffet and gift for all. Space is limited so register early!

  • Cost for UMAA members: $10/per person
  • Cost for non-UMAA members: $15/per person 




Email us at [email protected]!