Group Campus Visits for Prospective Freshmen

We enjoy welcoming groups of prospective freshmen on campus, and we work very closely with high schools and community organizations to bring college-bound students to campus to experience the University of Minnesota in person. Established in 1851, we are Minnesota's only research university, and we are proud of our heritage helping Minnesota's youth achieve their dreams! Our rich history, beautiful campus, and exciting Big Ten atmosphere are best experienced in person, and we can't wait to meet you and the students you serve.

The group visit is designed for groups of up to 60 students (grades 9-12) interested in freshman admission who will be on campus as part of a school field trip or community organization event.

OTHER VISIT OPTIONS

  • Transfer group visits: Do you work with a group of students interested in transferring to the University of Minnesota?  Please contact Greta Simons (assistant director of transfer recruitment) at [email protected].
  • Individual registration: Visit options for individual families can be found on our Visits page.
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In-Person Campus Walking Tour

A University of Minnesota tour guide will bring your group on a guided tour through the heart of campus. Students will see historic buildings, high-tech classrooms, the University Recreation Center, a library, Coffman Memorial Union, and more. The tour is accompanied by a 30-minute information session. A University of Minnesota admissions counselor will describe the academic experience at a world-class research university and discuss how great opportunities, value, and location enhance the student experience. A brief overview of admission decisions and financial aid is also provided. 

  • Audience: This tour is designed for prospective freshman college students who are currently in high school.
  • Available: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8:45 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.; Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.
  • Length: 2 hours

Schedule your freshman group visit


Group Visit Tips

We work in partnership with schools and community organizations to ensure that students benefit from their visit experience at the University of Minnesota. Please note the following:

  • In order to ensure we have staff members available to assist your group, reservations must be made two weeks in advance.
  • We require one chaperone per 15 students. Chaperones must be present with students at all times and are responsible for their students' behavior and actions while on campus.
  • Please have an alternate visit date in mind when you make your reservation, in the event that your first choice is not available.
  • When completing the Group Visit Registration, please be as thorough as possible.
  • At this time, we are only able to accommodate groups of prospective freshman students (up to 60 people) on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.

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Does the University of Minnesota provide transportation to campus visitors?

Campus visitors must provide their own transportation to campus. To discuss your group's needs, please contact our Visit Program Coordinator at 612-625-2445 or [email protected].

Does the University of Minnesota provide lunch or refreshments to campus visitors?

Because of limited resources, we are not able to sponsor meals or host lunches in our spaces. For dining options around campus, please refer to the "Eating on Campus" overview to review your options.

If you have any additional questions about visiting please contact the Visitline at 612-625-0000 or [email protected].