Parent & Family Resources

Welcome! We're so glad your student is considering the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. At the University of Minnesota, your son or daughter will find great academics, including 150 outstanding academic programs; award-winning faculty; and opportunities for undergraduate research, internships, and study abroad at a great location in the thriving Twin Cities.

Why Choose the U of M?

With 150+ majors, caring advisors, renowned professors, and 900+ student organizations on a thriving Big 10 campus, the U of M is a place where you can experience countless adventures and achieve your goals and dreams. Follow the links below to explore all that we have to offer!

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Planning Information for Families

  • College Planning Tips: Wondering what courses your child should take during high school? Whether your student is in eighth or twelfth grade, this information will help your child prepare for admission and university-level study.
  • Next Steps: Based on your child's year in high school, find the next steps and deadlines for your family.
  • ACT and SAT: Learn more about our ACT/SAT requirements and get information about test dates and registration. Please note: the University of Minnesota Twin Cities will not require an ACT or SAT score for the 2022 application.
  • Tips for Your Campus Visit: Planning a campus visit? These five tips will help you make the most of your day.
  • Minnesota Cooperative Admissions Program (MnCAP): MnCAP is an admissions program that serves students planning to transfer from Minnesota's public two-year campuses to transfer-admitting colleges at the University of Minnesota.

Parent Resources

  • FERPA: Federal Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that allows parents access to their children’s educational records. When a student turns 18 years old, or enters a post-secondary institution (at any age), the rights under FERPA transfer from the parent to the student. At the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, federal law, state law and regents’ policy govern access and release of student records.
  • Prospective Student and Family Publications: This webpage offers a variety of digital publications, including our Freshman Preview, Multicultural Communities Booklet, and viewbooks for each of our 8 Freshman admitted colleges, College Planning Timeline, and more.
  • University of Minnesota Parent & Family Program: The University of Minnesota Parent & Family Program fosters relationships between the University and the parents of our students in order to support and foster student success. This site is your one-stop shop for information about campus events, important dates, and programs available to you and your student. Tap into a network of families with students at the U of M.
    • The University Parent & Family Program works with parents to help you understand today's student experience, support your student's learning, and empower your child to take personal responsibility for their social and academic choices.
  • Campus Safety and Security Information for Families: The health and safety of our students is our number-one priority. This page contains information about emergency notifications, prevention, health services on campus, and other essential services that keep our students safe.
  • At Home in MN: This is a program focused on making out-of-state students feel more welcome in Minnesota and at the U of M. While we are focused on helping all U of M students make a successful transition to college life, we recognize that out-of-state students sometimes have unique concerns, such as traveling to/from their home state, adjusting to a new climate, and finding a local healthcare provider. The supporting faculty and staff of @Home in MN are excited that you chose this University and want to do everything they can to help you address your specific concerns so your student has a successful transition to both college and the state of Minnesota.

Upcoming Student Events

Prospective students are invited to a variety of virtual events via Zoom to learn more about campus, resources, and the process of becoming a Golden Gopher.  We offer many focused events for specific communities to help each individual student learn more about programs and resources they may find useful if they choose to be a Gopher! Events can be attended by anyone wishing to learn more about topics specifically related to the communities below. If you have questions about which events are best for your student, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Note: When registering for an event listed below, please sign up under your student’s name and information to ensure future communications are delivered appropriately.

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All high school students and guests

  • Fall for MN (October 20 - 22):  Register for a campus visit between October 20 and 22 for an extra special visit experience!
  • All-Campus Reception (October 26 and 27): This special event is designed to bring together the University of Minnesota's five campuses (Crookston, Duluth, Morris, Rochester, and the Twin Cities) in one location to make it easy for you to get the information you need to become a U of M student. 

Students interested in specific colleges

Check back soon for upcoming events!

Students from Minnesota

  • Fall for MN (October 20 - 22):  Register for a campus visit between October 20 and 22 for an extra special visit experience!
  • All-Campus Reception (October 26 and 27): This special event is designed to bring together the University of Minnesota's five campuses (Crookston, Duluth, Morris, Rochester, and the Twin Cities) in one location to make it easy for you to get the information you need to become a U of M student. 

Students from outside Minnesota

The Golden Gopher Show (September - November)

Join our live studio audience for a high energy, action-packed event featuring University of Minnesota Twin Cities spirit, community, and fun! At this event, you'll be joined by other prospective students from across the country and your hosts for the evening will walk you through why the University of Minnesota Twin Cities may be your blockbuster school. In-person and virtual options available. For a full list of where we will be visiting, check out z.umn.edu/GGSInfo.

  • Austin
  • Colorado
  • Dallas
  • Houston
  • Illinois
  • Kansas
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Northern California (San Jose)
  • Seattle
  • Southern California (Irvine)
  • St. Louis
  • Washington, D.C.

Multicultural Students

  • Experience Minnesota (Saturday, October 8): Experience Minnesota is a high-energy, once-a-year event that gives you the chance to experience a day in the life of a Golden Gopher, and see how, as a U of M student, you can expand your horizons, discover new passions, and accomplish your goals and dreams.
  • American Indian Visit Day (Monday, October 24): This event, hosted by the Office of Admissions and in collaboration with the Circle of Indigenous Nations and the American Indian Studies department, features our vibrant American Indian campus community of current students who will walk you through a day in the life of a Golden Gopher.
  • A Special Reception for...: An invitation-only event for high school students of color where the program will feature a variety of staff, faculty, and student appearances, all of which are a part of our vibrant multicultural campus community.

Family Resources for College Search and Terms

Wherever your student is in their college search, there are many new terms to learn and tasks to complete. At the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, we are committed to helping your student and you navigate this journey. We have created the following documents for parents to help with terminology, actions and next steps they may encounter during their student's college search. The following documents are also available in Spanish, Somali, and Hmong.

Explore and Prepare

This document covers topics and terms related to exploring campuses and how to prepare to submit a strong application.
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Apply for Admission

This document covers topics related to applying for admission, application deadlines, financial aid and housing.
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Admitted, What's Next?

This document covers topics related to admissions decisions, admitted student next steps and confirming enrollment.
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Enroll and Prepare to be Golden Gopher

This document covers topics related to admitted student next steps, orientation, and preparing to attend the U of M!
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Admissions Terms

This document includes the terms families may encounter during their student's college search.
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