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The Parent Experience

Advice and Involvement

You'll find a wealth of advice about parenting a college student. See the Voices of Experience for advice on various topics from parents who've been there. If you'd like to find ways to become more involved as a parent, there are opportunities for that, too.

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News, Events, and Emergencies


Read the newsletter—The University endeavors to keep parents informed about what's happening on campus. All parents receive the University Parent newsletter, published in August, December, and March. Past issues can be found in the newsletter archive.

Get email updates—Parents may also sign up for email updates to receive periodic special announcements. Email messages can also be read online.

Watch the website—Occasionally, other communications are sent to the University community. When those communications may be of interest to parents, they are posted on this site.


Several events for parents are scheduled throughout the year including Parents Orientation, Parents Weekend, GradFest, and more.

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Emergency Communications

In case of campus emergencies, the University uses multiple communications to notify the campus community, including tone alert radios, on-the-ground public safety personnel, email, the University home page and TXT-U.

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Workshops and Seminars

The Parent Program has developed a series of online workshops on various topics in coordination with other University offices and experts.

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Access to Student Records

The University is prohibited from releasing certain information to parents without permission of the student. Students can go to One Stop and select Parent/Guest Access in the right-hand column to give parents access to protected information.

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Visiting Campus

Tips on local lodging, places to eat and shop, and more.

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About the Parent Program

The University of Minnesota Parent Program provides communication between the University and parents of our students in order to support student success, generate goodwill for the University, and promote an appropriate role for parents within the campus community.

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University and Parent Program Contacts

A listing of some of the most commonly requested University phone numbers and contact information for Parent Program staff.

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