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Minnesota Parents Association

The college years represent a new stage of parenting. To help parents negotiate this new stage, all parents will receive the University Parent newsletter by mail, have access to the Parent website, can sign up for biweekly email updates, and can contact the University Parent office with questions or concerns.

Parents who are interested in a higher level of involvement are encouraged to join the Minnesota Parents Association. The University of Minnesota Parent Program has developed the Minnesota Parents Association in collaboration with the University of Minnesota Alumni Association. The $60 membership offers parents and their students all the benefits of the Alumni Association along with special communications and services designed especially for parents.

For more information or to join, see www.umn.edu/parent/association.


Ask your insurance representative if your homeowner’s insurance covers your student’s belongings on campus. Students living off campus are strongly encouraged to have renters insurance. Mostinsurance companies can provide a policy rider for college students who live in residence halls or off campus.

Gopher Gifts

Students appreciate treats for special events, care packages before exams, or surprises for no reason at all. With a phone call or mouse click, you can make your student’s day.

Balloons and bookstore items
To mark special occasions or just to brighten a cloudy day, parents can order a balloon bouquet or send University of Minnesota
gear from University Bookstores (follow links to “gifts”).

Care packages
Let your student know you care with care packages from the Gopher Express. Seasonal packages mark exam time, cold season, and holidays, or packages can be customized just for your student. For more information, see the Gopher Express webpage or call 612-626-1912.

Birthday cakes
Parents can call on University Dining Services to deliver a half-sheet (feeds 48) or a quarter-sheet (24). Call 612-624-7173 during regular business hours; place your order at least three days in advance.

Discounts on Computers and Software

University of Minnesota students are eligible for special educational pricing on computers and software they need for classes. The M Tech Store, located in the University of Minnesota Bookstore at Coffman Memorial Union, has trained staff and service technicians to assist your student with their technology needs, upgrades, and repairs. To learn more visit www.mtech.umn.edu.

The U and the Central Corridor Light Rail

In 2010, construction began on a light rail route connecting the downtowns of St. Paul and Minneapolis. The new route, which includes three stops through the University, is expected to be completed in March, 2014. Construction is constantly changing the flow of traffic on campus; you and your student will need to account for this when planning visits to campus or travels around campus. Go to the website for more information and updates.

Emergency contact

It is critical that the University has emergency contact information to notify a family member or friend in case of a medical or personal emergency while your student is on campus. Students can update or enter emergency contact information at One Stop by linking to “Personal Information” on the right hand side bar under “Quick Links” and logging in. Students will get to a page with menu options at the top. In the pull-down menu, they should link to “Emergency Contacts.”

Nurse line

When students are ill but not sure if they need a doctor, they can call the Medical Information Nurse Line at Boynton Health Service, 612-625-7900. Nurses offer home care advice or help determine if the student should make an appointment to be seen by a provider.

Textbooks: Rent. Buy. Save.

The U of M Bookstores offer competitive pricing on all textbooks, including savings of 50% with our popular textbook rental option. The Bookstores offer a personalized book list based on the student’s course schedule, correct-text guarantee, free in-store pick-ups, student account charges, and easy returns. See www.bookstores.umn.edu.


Billing dates Fall 2013

First statement
September 7
Minimum due: 33%
Due date: October 2

Second statement
October 5
Minimum due: 50%
Due date: October 30

Third statement
November 2
Minimum due: 100%
Due date: November 27 

Parents to-do list

  • Sign up for biweekly parent emails. Send your email address to parent@umn.edu
  • Check out the Parent website at www.parent.umn.edu
  • Join the Minnesota Parents Association: www.umn.edu/parent/association
  • Find the University of Minnesota Parent Program Facebook and Pinterest

Move-In Day Receptions

After parents move their first-year students into the residence hall on Move-In Day, they can take a break and give their students some time to unpack, settle in, and meet their roommates and neighbors. A reception for parents provides refreshments and University staff to answer last-minute questions. Move-In Day Receptions will be held on Monday, August 26 and Tuesday, August 27 from noon to 9:00 p.m. in the Whole Music Club, located in the basement of Coffman Memorial Union and from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 27, in Bailey Hall on the St. Paul campus.