University of Minnesota
Office of Human Resources

University Programs and Services

The University of Minnesota offers many products, programs, and services right on campus. Listed below you will find many ways to improve your education, get help, buy groceries, and more things to improve and enrich your life. The University offers a true campus of opportunity for our employees.

Products from Around the U

Dairy Food Products Salesroom

Located in room 166 of the Andrew Boss Lab of Meat Science, the Food Science and Nutrition Department's Dairy Food Products Salesroom is open to the public on Wednesdays from 3 to 5 p.m. Dairy Salesroom products are produced in a state certified dairy plant by university students, staff, and faculty. Various cheeses, ice cream, and frozen yogurt are on sale, with varying prices and availability.

Department of Animal Science Meat Laboratory Sales Room

Located in room 26 of the Andrew Boss Lab of Meat Science, the Meat Lab Sales room is open to the general public from 2 to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays. A variety of pork, sausage, beef, lamb, and poultry meat products are available. Order by email at:

U Services

University of Minnesota Alumni Association

The University of Minnesota Alumni Association (UMAA) is open to all alumni, friends, parents, or U of M students. One-year, three-year, and lifetime memberships are available, all of which include many benefits on and off campus. The first year of membership is free for all new employees.

Campus Club

Located on the fourth floor of Coffman Memorial Union (CMU), The Campus Club provides an informal gathering space, a place for community interaction, and dining and reception facilities for its members and their guests. Regular membership for faculty or staff is $199 in annual dues and grants members access to the Club’s dining facilities. Spaces are also available for members to rent. Month-long test memberships are available by visiting the front desk on the fourth floor of CMU.

University Dining Services

University Dining Services offers one of the most unique dining opportunities of any college campus in the United States. We serve the food and beverage needs of the U of M community with our campus and residential restaurants, and full service catering department. Our staff is dedicated to providing great customer service and a variety of quality foods.

Whether you choose to eat in one of our campus restaurants, residential restaurants, convenience stores, or coffee shops, you’ll find something to suit your taste: soups, salads, vegetables, entrees, and desserts, as well as made-to-order delicatessen sandwiches, ethnic dishes, low-fat and low-carb options, and specialty coffees. We serve our food in facilities where you can relax and eat.

Veterinary Medical Center

The Veterinary Medical Center is a full service animal hospital providing everything from general care to state-of-the-art specialties. There is a large and small animal hospital, where everything from birds and dogs to giraffes and cows are treated. Veterinary Medical Center, 1365 Gortner Avenue, Saint Paul, Minnesota, 55108, 612-626-VETS (8387).  Emergency, After Hours 612-625-9711. Large Animal Hospital, 612-625-6700.

Counseling and Consulting Services

Aurora Center for Advocacy and Education

The Aurora Center provides free and confidential crisis intervention to victims of sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, and harassment. Located in the Office for Student Affairs, the Aurora Center accepts walk-ins and operates a 24-hour help line.

Employee Assistance Program

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provides cost-free professional consultation and referral services for University employees and faculty who are experiencing work and personal-related difficulties. Spouses/partners and immediate family members are also eligible for EAP services. Confidential consultation is provided in areas that include: Work productivity, work relationships, supervisory challenges, conflict resolution, mental health, interpersonal relationships, family, loss and bereavement, and alcohol/substance abuse.

University Counseling and Consulting Services

University Counseling & Consulting Services (UCCS) supports the teaching, research, and outreach/service missions of the University of Minnesota by offering comprehensive, accessible, flexibly-delivered counseling, consultation, instruction, and testing services within the University and to the Minnesota educational community. UCCS is committed to meeting the diverse and changing needs of multiple populations while nurturing and supporting the professional growth and ethical conduct of staff; engaging in innovative program development and management; and participating in the University governance system.

Organizational Effectiveness

Organizational Effectiveness, within the Office of Human Resources, serves as a gateway to training, development, and consulting resources that build organizational capacity, increase individual capabilities, and promote a culture of excellence through strong leadership. The division collaborates with institutional stakeholders to strategically and systemically address the University's mission and goals.

Organizational Effectiveness offers a variety of programs and services designed to build job skills and enhance professional development. We provide workshops, seminars, classes, and consulting services to over 14,000 U of M participants each year. Our facilitators are also available for customized, onsite sessions for colleges, departments, areas, or work units.

Youth Programs and Services

Shirley G. Moore Laboratory School

The Shirley G. Moore Laboratory School, sponsored by the Institute of Child Development and housed here on campus, has been a national focal point for the study of early childhood learning. The school is open to the public. Tuition and enrollment information is available on their website.

University Child Care Center

The University of Minnesota Child Care Center (UMCCC) is a state-of-the-art facility located close to campus at 1600 Rollins Avenue SE. UMCCC cares for children of University students, staff, and faculty from ages 3 months to pre-kindergarten. Because of its success, the facility has a long waiting list. More information is available at the UMCCC website.

Child Care Center at U of M Family Student Housing

The Como Community Child Care Center conveniently located close to both Minneapolis and St. Paul Campuses, offers flexible scheduling for children ages 16 months to 5 years, from 7:15 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Parent cooperative; breakfast, lunch, and snacks provided. They're licensed for 35 children and currently have an extensive waiting list.

Department of Recreational Sports Summer Youth Programs

University of Minnesota Summer Youth Programs offer unique fun, enrichment, and activity in a variety of settings for ages 5-15. From the court to the pool, from historic libraries to local parks, no two days are alike. Discover the best that the University and the surrounding areas have to offer.


K12@U is a comprehensive website that provides connections to University programs developed for Pre-K-12 students and educators.  You can connect with a wide variety of programs based on target age group, program types, subject, and location.

Office for Equity and Diversity Sponsored Programs

The Office for Equity and Diversity’s initiatives and programs set the stage for the University’s core values of equity and diversity in all aspects of teaching, learning, research, service and outreach. The office provides many resources for staff and faculty ranging from support to conflict resolution.

Disability Services

Disability Services is the University’s designated office for serving all employees with any disability or medical condition needing accommodations or adjustments. The office respects all staff and faculty members’ confidentiality and acts as a neutral third party between supervisors and employees to ensure the appropriate accommodations are made.

UReturn is a service provided by Disability Services to assist staff and faculty members returning to work after being away due to illness or injury. UReturn staff work with employees and supervisors to ensure both occupational and non-occupational medical conditions are evaluated so that employees are able to return to work quickly and safely.

Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action

The Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (EOAA) provides tools for upholding the University’s commitment to providing a non-discriminatory work environment for all staff and faculty. EOAA can help if you have witnessed or experienced possible discrimination in the workplace.

GLBT Programs Office

The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Ally Programs Office (GLBTA) is dedicated to improving campus climate for all University of Minnesota students, staff, faculty, alumni, and visitors by developing and supporting more inclusive understandings of gender and sexuality. The office provides advocacy, education, training, and events for members of the GLBT community and its allies.

Pride @ Work is the GLBTA Programs Office's network for GLBTA university employees. Pride @ Work connects staff and faculty across campus through educational forums, networking opportunities and social events.

Women’s Center

The Women’s Center supports students, staff, faculty, alumni, and other members of the university community. The Women’s Center offers networking opportunities, development and educational programs, signature events and support and advocacy for those in need.

Lifelong Learning

Whether you want to obtain a degree, take courses for personal enrichment, or simply wish to connect with others in an educational environment, the U has a program to meet your needs.

College of Continuing Education

The College of Continuing Education (CCE) offers courses, programs, and degrees for students interested in personal enrichment, career fulfillment, or workforce development. CCE’s courses are offered as evening, online, and distance learning, so you can best fit your studies into your schedule. Many of these courses are available for credit toward undergraduate or graduate degrees. CCE is now also offering a 50 percent discount on professional development courses to staff and faculty members!

Curiosity Camp

Treat yourself to a day of productive play at Curiosity Camp. These unique summer day camps for adults, where each adventure will engage your mind and refresh your spirit. University and community experts will help you see an intriguing topic or favorite place in a whole new light by taking you out and about, behind the scenes, or away from it all.


LearningLife is a unique opportunity to develop an interactive community with a mission to help you grow and thrive throughout the second half of life. LearningLife offers a social networking website, Life Skills workshop, expert blogs, community engagement, and the opportunity to connect into other CCE programs.

Regents Scholarship Program

If you are an eligible employee, you qualify for the University of Minnesota Regents Scholarship. The Regents Scholarship helps with tuition for U of MN credit bearing courses taken for a letter grade. For further information, eligibility, and forms, read the Regents Scholarship program policy.

University Libraries

With 14 facilities on campus, the University Library system can be a convenient and valuable resource to faculty and staff. Employees are able to use the campus libraries just like a public library and materials can even be delivered directly to an office through campus mail.

Parking and Transportation Services

With a campus spanning both banks of the Mississippi River and two cities, getting around at the University can seem overwhelming. Luckily, University Parking and Transportation Services have developed a number of programs to help students, staff, faculty and visitors get around on campus.

Campus Shuttles

All campus shuttles are FREE to anyone traveling on campus. Campus Connectors provide eastbound and westbound services to all three campuses. Campus Circulators travel on both the East Bank Minneapolis campus and the St. Paul campus. Bus stop information, frequency and running times, are available at campus shuttles information page.


Metropass is a discounted pass from Metro Transit available to staff and faculty members who work at least 20 hours a week and have a valid UCard. Metropass provides 24/7 access to all metro-area bus lines and light rail transit and costs $76 per month. You can order a MetroPasses online which can be picked up at the PTS office on Washington Ave.

A MetroPass purchase qualifies you for the Guaranteed Ride Home Program, which provides two vouchers every six months, good for reimbursement of up to a $25 transit ride or cab fare.

Motorist Assistance Program

The Motorist Assistance Program (MAP) is FREE and available to all legally parked PTS customers. Call MAP if you have locked your keys in your car, need a jump start, or need to change a flat tire, and you are parked at any University meter, surface lot, or ramp. MAP is available Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on the Twin Cities campus. Call 612-626-PARK (7275). If you need a reminder, order a MAP window sticker which is delivered through campus mail.


Zipcar is an on-campus car-sharing program which is perfect for getting to meetings and appointments, transporting bulky items, or simply running a few errands. Zipcar offers 24/7 access at 3 convenient campus locations, for a $35 per year membership fee plus daily and hourly rates.

Gopher Way

Use the Gopher Way tunnels to escape harsh Minnesota weather when navigating around campus. View maps of the tunnels online.

Walking and Biking Escorts

The Security Monitor Program offers free walking and biking escorts to all students, staff, faculty and visitors to the University of Minnesota campus. Call 612-624-WALK, or 4-WALK from any campus phone, to request an escort to and from any campus location and adjacent neighborhoods.