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Academics and Activities

Throughout their academic career, students should try to combine their studies with out-of-classroom experiences. Numerous opportunities are available—see the Community Service Learning Center for classes that combine coursework with community volunteering.

The Orientation and First-Year Programs website connects students with opportunities to ensure a smooth transition throughout the first year at the University of Minnesota. The site features information on Orientation, Welcome Week, and engaging programs for new students, including First-Year Photo Project, @Home in MN, and Kick It! It also provides supportive publications addressing transition issues.

The University of Minnesota defines academic freedom as the "freedom, without institutional discipline or restraint, to discuss all relevant matters in the classroom, to explore all avenues of scholarship, research, and creative expression, and to speak or write on matters of public concern as well as on matters related to professional duties and the functioning of the University.

Planning for Graduation

From how to graduate in four years to the graduation ceremony to University traditions and more.

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Campus Calendars

Links to University calendars related to tuition billing dates, finals, academic year, sports, and more.

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School Records

Getting access to your student's records

The University is prohibited from releasing certain information to parents without permission of the student (see FERPA below). However, students can grant access to their parents or guest access in order to share information or pay their bills.

See Paying Bills and Student Record Access for more information.

Your student will need to fill out the parent/guest access form on the One Stop website before you can access their records.

If your access has been granted, use this quick link to guest access.

FERPA—Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) also known as the Buckley Amendment, considers college students as responsible adults who are allowed to determine who will receive information about them. Under this law, parents who want to receive a copy of their student’s academic or financial records can do so if their student signs a release form.

Find out more about FERPA >

Study Abroad

The Learning Abroad Center can help students select and prepare for a summer, semester, or year-long study abroad experience. Parents can find out more about study abroad including locations available, the various types of programs, expenses and scholarships, and other valuable information from the Learning Abroad Center.



Academic FAQs

Answers to academic-related questions including honor societies, the Dean’s list, poor academic performance, proof of enrollment, graduation, books, and more.

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Computing FAQs

Parents often have questions about technology, so the Parent Program has worked with 1-HELP and One Stop staff to address some of the most commonly asked questions.