We are pleased to offer 90- to 120-minute campus tours for prospective students and their families hosted by our student tour guides. Tours are specifically tailored to meet your needs based on whether you are a student enrolling in the fall or a prospective student looking to gain more information about the U of M before applying, as well as tours of both the Minneapolis and St. Paul campuses. All campus tours include a 30-minute information session.
What do our campus tours offer?
- Highlights of our beautiful campus: During the 90-minute tour, you will walk throughout our East Bank section of campus, led by a current student. Students interested in colleges housed on the St. Paul Campus will be offered a tour for that location too.
- Residence Hall (Dorm): We will be able to bring campus tour guests into a residence hall as part of this tour experience.
- Student perspective and experience: Your tour guide will share information about campus along with their student perspective and experiences to help you determine if the U of M is the right fit for you!
- Safety and fresh air: Due to COVID safety precautions, the tour will be mostly outside, with short stops in a couple of buildings.
What can I expect NOT to see on a tour?
- Inside all buildings on the tour: While we can’t go into every building, we will have a brief stop at the following:
- Coffman Memorial Union, our student union
- A residence hall on campus
- Walter Library
- Bruininks Hall (One Stop Student Services)
- Recreation and Wellness Center
- NOTE: Some buildings around campus remain closed to the public to reduce the number of people inside at one time.
What do we expect of YOU on your pre-scheduled campus tour?
- Follow the safety guidelines: The following requirements are set to protect you, as well as our student tour guides and staff. They are subject to change, and we'll communicate with you if they do.
- As a sign of respect, we ask you to…
- Keep a safe distance from others as best as possible.
- Use hand sanitizer when available throughout the tour.
- As a sign of respect, we ask you to…
- Reschedule your tour if: you or any member of your party have recently tested positive for COVID-19, have come in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19, or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 (cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, fever of 99.5, new loss of taste or smell, vomiting or diarrhea in the past 48 hours). We will work with you to find a new tour time. (Source: https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/sick.html)
Please do not keep your appointment if you or members of your group have symptoms.
What can you expect from US on your scheduled tour?
- Great information: Nothing beats learning about campus directly from current students! They are well-versed on campus highlights and happy to share their experiences.
- Excitement and a warm Minnesota welcome: Our student tour guides are ecstatic to show you around campus. They love this role and showing admitted students and their guests around while sharing their collegiate highlights.
- Safety: We take our on-campus tours very seriously. We will stick to the outlined expectations above and enforce them with each tour group, so you, our students, and our staff stay safe.
What should I wear for the tour?
Dress for the weather! Summer and winter in Minnesota can be magical; they can also be highly variable. We encourage you to dress for it, and bring the proper clothing and footwear to be comfortable. Masks are optional.
To protect the safety of everyone, please review the information below.
Campus tours are for prospective students and their guests only.
Each tour will be limited to approximately 15 people. Please be considerate of the number of total people you bring to campus for your tour, as group sizes will be limited.
Facial coverings or masks are optional.
The Office of Admissions follows the mask policy of the University of Minnesota system, and as of May 12 masks are optional in most scenarios.
We appreciate your courtesy and support you in wearing a mask if you are in close contact with others, regardless of vaccination status, to help protect our students and staff.
We have many options to explore campus.
We offer various virtual and self-guided in-person tour options for those that arrive without an appointment, or if you are unable to travel to campus for a visit.
We will only provide a student-guided tour to prospective students with a scheduled appointment.
If you do not have a scheduled tour, you can opt to download one of our self-guided tours to enhance your walk through campus.