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Frequently Asked Questions About Parents Weekend

Is our student invited to participate in Parents Weekend events such as workshops, the Parents Weekend Carnival, and campus tours with me?

We hope that your student attends events with you. Each family member 18 and over must pay the registration fee for Parents Weekend; U of M students and children 17 and younger do not have to pay the registration fee. U of M students will have to show their valid student ID to participate in activities and events. Saturday lunch is an additional cost, and all attendees, including students and children, must register and pay for lunch.

What are Parents Weekend registration fees used for?

Parents Weekend is a self-supported event, and fees cover space and equipment rental, materials and supplies, marketing, registration costs, and entertainment.

Who is invited to Parents Weekend?

All family members—brothers, sisters, grandparents, aunts, uncles, neighbors, and friends—are invited to be part of Parents Weekend. However, we do need to charge for each adult participant because of the expenses involved with planning and implementing Parents Weekend.

How can I register for Parents Weekend?

Registration is online at, or you can send in the form.

Why isn’t Parents Weekend scheduled for a home football weekend?

We polled parents to find out what was most important during Parents Weekend. The number one answer: spend time with my student. The second most important factor: receive information on supporting my student. When Parents Weekend was previously scheduled on a football weekend, parents said that their students were involved with other activities before, during, and after the game, and there was no family time. This year’s program is planned to allow families to have time together. If students need study time, however, parents can still enjoy all activities with other families. For information on attending Gopher athletic events on weekends other than Parents Weekend, see or call 1-800-UGOPHER.

We can’t attend the entire weekend, but we would like to attend the Etiquette and Careers Dinner. Do we have to register for the whole weekend?

The Etiquette and Careers Dinner is for juniors, seniors, and their parents. There is no requirement to register for the rest of Parents Weekend. You will need to pre-register for
the dinner by October 9 at

Parents Weekend Cost Breakdown

Parents Weekend registration form and payment are due no later than October 1. There is a $10 cancellation fee per person, if cancellation is received before October 1; no refunds available after October 1.

Parents Weekend—$25/person
Fee includes attendance at workshops, activities, college open house events, discounts at campus venues, and a coupon for a discount at the University Bookstore. U of M students and children under the age of 17 can register for Parents Weekend at no cost. Students will be admitted to workshops and activities by showing their U of M ID.

Saturday Lunch tickets—$10/person
Payment is required for all participants who wish to have lunch, including U of M students and children.

Etiquette and Careers Dinner—$10 for Alumni Association Student Members, $20 for U of M students who are not Alumni Association Student Members, $30 for parents and other family members who are Alumni Association members, $35 for all others who are not members of the Alumni Association.

Parents and student in matching T-shirts.

Parents Weekend, October 18-20

Register online by OCTOBER 1  by mail with registration form.

Parents Weekend questions?
If you have questions about Parents Weekend, call 612-626-8770.