Parent & Family Weekend

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ONLINE registration for Parent & Family Weekend 2022 will close at 12:00pm on Thursday, 10/27.

You can still register on site, in person during check-in on Friday, 10/28, between 11:00am and 4:30pm. ***Please note: on site registration is CASH ONLY.




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.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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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

ONLINE registration for Parent & Family Weekend 2022 will close at 12:00pm on Thursday, 10/27.

You can still register on site, in person during check-in on Friday, 10/28, between 11:00am and 4:30pm. ***Please note: on site registration is CASH ONLY.



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 14 - October 28 will receive a 50% refund. Any cancellations made after October 28 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
    • Meet & Greet with the 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

 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:

  • Kickoff is scheduled for 1:30pm 
  • 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]

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.

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.


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.


UMPD Safety Walk 8:30pm - 10:30pm 

Dinkytown (meet outside Qdoba)


Meet & Greet with the Gender & Sexuality Center 10:30am - 12:30pm 

Appleby Hall, basement room 40

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.


Ski-U-Mania Tailgate 11:30am - 1:30pm 

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 1:30pm - 4:30pm

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!



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 


Connect with Your College During Parent & Family Weekend!

College Specific Opportunities

CBS (College of Biological Sciences) CBS Open House & Lab Tours Friday, 10/28 from 3:00pm - 4:00pm Molecular and Cellular Biology Building Lobby Stop by the Molecular and Cellular Biology Building (MCB) to grab a refreshment, connect with CBS staff, and take a tour of a lab where an undergraduate CBS student is currently conducting research. Lab tours will leave on a rolling basis and both academic advisors and career staff will be on hand to discuss how they are available to support your student during their time in CBS.
CDES (College of Design) Gopher Get Together Friday, 10/28 from 5:30pm - 8:00pm Weisman Art Museum CDES staff will be at this event to connect with students and their families.
CEHD (College of Education & Human Development) CEHD Parent and Family Meet and Greet Friday, 10/28 from 4:00pm - 5:15pm Burton Hall Atrium, 2nd floor (178 Pillsbury Dr SE) CEHD welcomes you to campus and hope you will come by to meet some of the advisors and career staff who are working to support you students in our college. Come with questions or just an openness to meet our staff and have great conversations. Light refreshments will be served.
CFANS (College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences) CFANS Open House Friday, 10/28 from 2:30pm - 4:30pm Coffey Hall, Room 125 Are you the parent, family member, or friend of a CFANS student? The College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences will be hosting an Open House on Friday, October 28th from 2:30pm - 4:30pm in Coffey Hall, Room 125, on the St. Paul Campus. You will have an opportunity to take a campus and/or CFANS Advising Center tour, meet with representatives from offices across campus, and meet with CFANS student ambassadors, faculty, and staff while enjoying light refreshments. This is a great opportunity to explore where your student learns while discovering more about the people, opportunities, and resources available to support your student.
CLA (College of Liberal Arts) Ski-U-Mania Tailgate Saturday, 10/29 2 hours before home Football game Outside McNamara Alumni Center CLA staff will be at this event to connect with students and their families.
CSE (College of Science & Engineering) CSE Anderson Student Innovation Lab Open House Friday, 10/28 from 2:00pm - 4:00pm Mechanical Engineering Building, Room 2-134 Join the College of Science and Engineering to learn more about experiential learning opportunities for students in the Anderson Student Innovation Labs. The Innovation Labs are meant to be a student's laboratory, playground, and gateway to innovation and creativity. They are filled with all kinds of equipment and tools including 3D printers, laser cutters, hand tools, and more. Training and documentation are available for all students so that they can dive right in. Learn more at Light refreshments will be provided and visitors will receive a laser-cut Minnesota Block M!
CSOM (Carlson School of Management) Carlson School Parent and Family Weekend Program Friday, 10/28 from 2:00pm - 3:30pm Hanson Hall 1-102 Come experience a mock-class from Carlson School Senior Lecturer Rand Park followed by a current faculty and student panel. Immediately after this event, we will host a meet and greet with current Carlson School Undergraduate staff including academic advisors, career coaches, student engagement coaches, and the Carlson School wellness counselor. Light refreshments will be served.
SoN (School of Nursing) School of Nursing Facility Tour Saturday, 10/29 from 2:00pm - 3:00pm 4-130 Weaver Densford Hall Visit the School of Nursing's simulation center where BSN students complete their labs in their 2nd year. We will also walk through the new Health Sciences Education Center.

Twin Cities Area Events to Consider

AppleHouse - Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Visitors can buy locally grown apples, pumpkins, gourds, squash, apple pies, apple cider and gourmet food items from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. Aug 25 - Oct 31 10am-6pm 7485 Rolling Acres Road, Victoria Free
October Star Party We’ll have telescopes set up to observe our favorite deep space objects (weather permitting!) on the roof deck. In our outdoor plaza spaces, the Big Woods Garden and the North Woods Garden, follow along on a tour of the constellations we can see in our skies. Oct 28th 7:30-9pm Bell Museum - 2088 Larpenteur Avenue West Free
Ghosts of Anoka Walking Tour Stories abound in Anoka of odd happenings and eerie encounters on the Ghosts of Anoka Walking Tours. Anoka County Historical Society's costumed tour guides will take you on a walk through the historic neighborhoods of Anoka, sharing stories of the past along the way. Oct 28th/Oct 29th 7pm-8:30pm Anoka County Historical Society $14
Severs Fall Festival & Corn Maze Established in 1997, Sever’s Fall Festival is the Midwest’s original fall festival and home to its favorite corn maze. But that’s only the beginning of the adventures you’ll have here. Sept 17 - Oct 30 10am - 7pm 3121 W 150th St, Shakopee, MN 55379 Online: $19, At door: $23
Pirate Treasure Hunt at Sea Life Scurry on down this fall for a Pirate Party with Captain Careless and his crew of salty dogs! From now to October 31, pirates will take over SEA LIFE Aquarium and they want you to join them for a high seas adventure! Now - Oct 31st 10am - 7pm Sea Life @ Mall of America Starting at $23.99/person
Boonion Depot Union Depot will transform into a spooky day of fun for families. At this free event you can create a pumpkin craft, jam to a DJ and dance zone, enjoy Halloween themed entertainment, grab some concessions from Deb’s Hot Dogs and Spinning Wylde Cotton Candy, trick-or-treat, exciting face painting and complimentary candy totes to the first 500 kids under 12 years of age. Dressing up in your Halloween-best is encouraged! BOOnion Depot will be held indoors in the Waiting Room. Open to all ages! Oct 30th 10am - 2pm Union Depot, 214 4th Street East, Saint Paul, MN 55101 Free
Barkla Gallery Show and Art Sale Art gallery and sale October 28th 3pm-7pm "Hennes Art Company, 717 Minnehaha Ave. East St. Paul,MN55106United States"
Not so Spooky Trick or Treat! Eat, trick or treat and be SPOOKTACULAR! Join us Friday, October 28 at Midtown Global Market, from 5:00-7:00 pm for an evening of family friendly fun! October 28th 5pm-7pm Midtown Global Market Free
Paisley Park Paisley Park is a place where art, music, fashion, and culture are celebrated, energized, and inspired by the visionary creative spirit of Prince. Thurs - Mon 9am-5pm 7801 Audubon Road, Chanhassen, Minnesota 55317
Science Muesum of Minnesota The Science Museum of Minnesota is dedicated to collaborating with our community to create a world where everyone has the power to use science to make lives better. Oct 28th - Oct.30th 120 W Kellogg Blvd, St Paul, MN 55102 Adult: $29.95
MN Landscape Arboretum At the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum we seek to: Welcome, inform and inspire all through outstanding displays, protected natural areas, horticultural research and education. Oct 28th - Oct.30th 3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska, MN 55318
Sculpture Garden The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden is free, requires no tickets for admission, and is open from 6 am to 12 midnight every day. Please observe physical distancing practices and maintain a minimum of 6 feet from others while visiting the Garden. Oct 28th - Oct.30th 725 Vineland Place, Minneapolis, MN 55403
MN Vikings vs Arizona Cardinals Watch the Minnesota Vikings take on the Arizona Cardinals play at U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday, October 30 at 12:00 pm CST. October 30th Kickoff 12pm 401 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55415 Start at $68



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