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Minnesota Parents Association

University of Minnesota parents support the University through membership in the Minnesota Parents Association, a joint collaboration with the University of Minnesota Alumni Association.

All parents, whether they join the Parents Association or not, will receive comprehensive services from the University Parent Program. All parents of full-time students will receive the Parent Newsletter by mail, will have access to the University Parent website, can sign up for biweekly email news, and can contact the University Parent office for assistance with questions or concerns.

Parents/Alumni Association members will receive additional communications and services. Members and their students will receive all the time-tested benefits of the Alumni Association, including

  • A subscription to Minnesota, the Alumni Association’s award–winning magazine
  • A 10 percent discount at the U of M Bookstore, in-store and online (excludes textbooks, college rings, medical reference books, caps and gowns, and electronics)
  • Special rates on travel and hotels, including the Commons Hotel on campus
  • Access to two extensive University Libraries online databases
  • Monthly email updates on membership rewards and campus happenings

Members also receive special communications and services designed especially for parents. Among the planned programs for parents are

  • Monthly chats on topics such as fraternity/sorority life, learning abroad, parents’ role in career planning, and campus safety
  • Group discounts on arts programs and athletic events on campus
  • Invitations to University events held around the state and the nation

Watch for additional developments throughout the year as we work with Parents Association members to create a dynamic community of U of M families.

But joining the Parents Association and Alumni Association is not just about benefits. It’s also about helping the University of Minnesota stay vital and strong. Membership supports important initiatives, including legislative advocacy, mentoring, student activities, and outstanding teaching awards.

Your membership in the Minnesota Parents Association makes possible a number of projects that sustain parent education, research, and special projects supporting student success. Last year, association memberships resulted in bringing pets to campus through Pet Away Worries and Stress program; developing research on parents' role in learning abroad; developing and disseminating research for parents and recent college graduates on life after college; partnering with the Admissions office and UMAA in a pilot program for out-of-state families; working with international students on a project to develop communications for parents of Chinese students; and sponsoring a student employment position to develop and assess social media for parents.

We encourage you to make the most of your new connection to the campus community by joining the Parents and Alumni associations today. Membership cost is $60 for a year and provides a family membership in the Minnesota Parents Association, membership for up to two parents (same household) in the Alumni Association, and a student membership in the Alumni Association. (If you have more than one student attending the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus, they will each receive a student membership.)

Simply fill out the membership form and sign up with a credit card. You may also call 612-624-2323 or 800-862-5867.

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