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Parents Weekend 2013: Register Now!

Parents Weekend 2013 is scheduled for Friday through Sunday, October 18-20. Visit your student, enjoy family time together, and learn more about the University of Minnesota and the local community.

Parents Weekend is a three-day campus celebration with events and activities for families and their students. Friday features colleges and academic programs. Saturday embraces campus life, and Sunday is a day for exploration of Minneapolis, Saint Paul, and the greater metro area with your student.

Events for Registered Parents Weekend Participants

Admission to the following events is included in Parents Weekend registration unless otherwise noted.  Events and details are still being added—for the most up-to-date information and schedule, please check our website. Be sure you’re signed up for Parent emails for last minute details—send your email address to

Thursday, October 17

5:00-7:30 p.m.
Etiquette and Careers Dinner

Do you know which fork is for your salad? Should you tell someone they have food in their teeth? Join students, parents, and alumni to enjoy a three-course meal by D'Amico while learning how to professionally handle any dining situation. Also hear from a panel of career experts who will help you put your newly acquired etiquette knowledge to work while job searching.

Note: This event, sponsored by Jostens, is for juniors, seniors, and their families. Registration is required by October 9, but families do not need to register for the entire weekend to attend the Etiquette and Careers Dinner. Cost is $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. Register separately for the Etiquette and Careers Dinner at

Friday, October 18

1:00–5:30 p.m.

Pick up the final Parents Weekend schedule and maps. (Check-in is mandatory to participate in Parents Weekend activities and events.)

2:00-4:00 p.m.
SMART Learning Commons Tours

Tour the SMART Learning Commons in Walter Library and explore how your student can take advantage of the Peer Learning Consultants available to help them with any academic subject.
2:30-3:00 p.m.; 3:15-3:45 p.m.; 4:00-4:30 p.m.

Workshops and Tours

Workshops will be based on a first come first served basis until the room capacity is reached, so make sure you arrive early to the sessions you want to attend.

Career Planning
Learn how career centers on campus help students explore careers and graduate programs, as well as search for internships and jobs.

Learning Abroad
Going abroad is an integral component of the student experience, but it requires forethought and planning. Learn how students can incorporate international opportunities into undergraduate programs.

Living on campus: Creating pathways for a successful future
The Foundation for Success program is designed to increase the chances for students living on campus to reach their personal and academic goals, as well as set a strong foundation for their future. This session will share the five key factors that help students reach their goals and the strategies Housing & Residential Life staff are implementing to support the students. Learn how you too can be a partner in the success of your students' university experience.

Learn more about how the University uses students’ strengths in their academics, career planning, involvement opportunities, and personal decisions. This program on StrengthsQuest includes ideas for how you can help your student develop and apply their natural strengths.

Student Wellness
Promoting good health, well being, and safety is important when students enter college. Learn more about how you can support your student in maintaining physical and mental health and well-being and making safe decisions while on campus.

Recreation and Wellness Center Tour
Tour the new addition of the Recreation and Wellness Center. New features include a climbing wall, spacious lobby with a full service café, elevated indoor track, indoor cycling studio, multipurpose rooms for classes and events, and much more.

3:30-5:00 p.m.
College Open Houses

•    Carlson School of Management (CSOM)
•    College of Biological Sciences (CBS)
•    College of Design (CDES)
•    College of Education and Human Development (CEHD)
•    College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS)
•    College of Liberal Arts (CLA)
•    College of Science and Engineering (CSE)

5:15-7:00 p.m.
Sample Student Fare

Parents can dine with students (who have a meal plan) for a discounted price in the Middlebrook, Centennial, and Sanford restaurants, and at the fresh food market in the new residence hall, or take your student to dinner at a local eatery.

Saturday, October 19

8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Pick up the final Parents Weekend schedule and maps. (Check-in is mandatory to participate in Parents Weekend activities and events; the check-in desk will be staffed all day Saturday, October 19.)

9:30-9:45 a.m.

Meet the Parents Weekend committee and listen to a welcome from Parent Program Director, Marjorie Savage, and the new Vice Provost for Student Affairs, Danita Brown Young. 

9:45-10:45 a.m.
Academic Highlights: College of Liberal Arts

Each year, Parents Weekend features one of the colleges within the University of Minnesota. This year’s program, presented by the College of Liberal Arts, will provide family members and students with insights for investigating the world from new perspectives. (Look for details and additional information in Parent emails and online.

11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Housing Workshop

As students move through their University experience, they have many options for where to live: on-campus rooms or apartments, off-campus apartments or houses, fraternities or sororities, or at home with family. Students and parents can choose from three workshops that will address the benefits and responsibilities of the different choices. Make your selection from three workshops to attend based on where your student is living now: Residence halls—the next step; Off-campus house or apartment—independent living; Commuting from home—navigating home and campus.

12:30-2:00 p.m.
Saturday Lunch    

Enjoy lunch while mingling with University administrators and staff. (Cost per person: $10; all who wish to dine, including students and children, must register and pay $10 for lunch.)

2:00-4:00 p.m.
Parents Weekend Carnival

Learn about student groups, local businesses, and University resources at the Parents Weekend Carnival. There will be student performances, games, a photo booth, and chances to win raffle tickets for great prizes.

7:00 p.m.—Women's Volleyball vs. University of Michigan
Join your U of M student at a Gopher Volleyball match vs. University of Michigan. Get four free general admission tickets at using promo code: UMParent. Tickets will be available while supplies last. U of M students receive free admission to all home Gopher Volleyball matches by showing their UCard.

Sunday, October 20

Discover Downtown, Uptown, Dinkytown, and Saint Paul, or just spend time with your student. Maps and suggested destinations will be included in your Parents Weekend registration.

Parents Weekend photo. 

Parents Weekend, October 18-20

Register online by OCTOBER 1 at or by mail with registration form

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