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All parents receive the University Parent newsletter, mailed in August, December, and March. Past issues can be found in the newsletter archive.

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Spring 2015

Students Achieve Global Competence for a Global Economy

When Students Go Abroad, Should Parents Visit?

Classes Without Quizzes

The Job Search

University System Upgrade

Grad Fest and Commencement

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Download the Spring 2015 Newsletter.

Past Newsletters

Articles from past newsletters can often have long-lasting relevance.

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Subscribe to Parent Email Updates

Parents may sign up for email updates to receive periodic special announcements. Email messages can also be read online (see below).

Sign Up

If you'd like to sign up for email updates, send your email address to parent@umn.edu and ask to be added to the list. It will take anywhere from a day to a week before you see a message, depending on how soon one is sent out after you've been added to the list.

Recent Parent Email

The following links go to email messages sent recently to the University Parent email update list.

May 26, 2015
Parents of Returning Students: When Students Return Home; Campus Parking; Planning for Academic Success; Transitions for the Parent Program

May 6, 2015
Study Time; Graduation; Upgrade Update for Parents; Financial Aid for Summer; Summer U-Pass; Spring Semester Grades; Pleasant Street Closing for Summer; Featured Photo; Miscellaneous

April 17, 2015
Parents of Seniors; Care Packages; Residence Hall Move Out; Off-Campus Move Out; Summer School Housing; Parents of Incoming Students; Featured Photo; Miscellaneous

March 27, 2015
Reminder: 2015 State of the University Address; Systems Upgrade: Planned System Interruption, Changes to Parent/Guest Access; Cash Payment for Tuition and Fees Ending; Undergraduate Research Symposium; Career Preparation; Equal Justice Presentation; University Libraries: More Than Books; Featured Photo; Miscellaneous

March 11, 2015
State of the University Address; Spring Break; Finances; Student Football Packages; Student Opportunities; Fall Registration Begins March 23; Lecture: American Injustice; Summer Learning; Featured Photo; Miscellaneous

February 25, 2015
Change in Approach to Crime Alerts; Final Men's Basketball Game: Discount Tickets; Second Billing Due Date; Academic Refresher Course; Featured Photo; Miscellaneous

February 10, 2015
Students Register Early This Year; Do-It-Yourself Tools for Resolving Student Conflicts; Leadership Opportunities for Transfer Students; Job Preparation Season; Featured Photo; Miscellaneous

January 28, 2015
Health Advisory: Measles; Free Tax Preparation; Assignment Calculator; Black History Month; Campus Climate: From Conversation to Action; Parent-Student-Family Service Learning Trip; Second Chance; Job Search Workshop; Workshop Series: Marketing International Experience; Info Sessions about Scholarships & Financial Aid for Learning Abroad; Legislative Action Kickoff; Featured Photo; Help Us Out; Miscellaneous

January 20, 2015
Message from President Kaler; About Parent Email Messages; New Year's Resolutions; Crime Alerts and Public Safety Updates; Scholarship Search; Honorary Societies; Spring Activities Fair; Dining Options for Off-Campus Students; Miscellaneous

January 9, 2015
Financial Information for Spring; International Service Trip for Families; Career Fair; Deciding on a Major; Safety Tips for Valuables; Welcome Week Leader Recruitment; Residence Hall Students; Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute; Classes Without Quizzes; Global Learning Adventure; Miscellaneous

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Events for Parents

There are a number of events throughout the year that parents can attend.

Save the Date!
Parents Weekend 2015, October 16–18

Find out more about Events for Parents  >

Timely Issues

The weather, the academic cycle, and even the athletic teams can affect your student's temperament and productivity as the year goes by. Timely Issues talks about some of the issues that are likely to affect students this time of year.

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Seasonal Updates

As the seasons change, so does the information parents need to know. See Seasonal Updates for an abbreviated academic calendar for spring semester and May and summer sessions, links to the spring semester and summer tuition payment schedule, information about stress and finals, spring commencement, moving out, resources for off-campus living, and more.

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