Parent and Family Orientation


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Greetings! Staff from UMD Student Life are the hosts for the parent and family portion of the Orientation program. To best meet the specific needs of students and parents, separate programs have been designed. Students receive academic advising, register for classes, and obtain their U Card (University identification card). Parents and family members spend most of their day with their student, with a special overview session in the afternoon and Student Life guides to help parents find and visit individual offices. Time is built in to the schedule for parents and family members to familiarize themselves with the campus and complete or turn in any outstanding paperwork.

The schedule for the parent/family program from summer 2017 follows. Towards the bottom of the page, you'll find helpful arrival notes. This page will be updated as plans are finalized for future parent/family orientation programs.

Parent/Family Spring Orientation Schedule 

General Sessions -- (*denotes that parents/family members and students are together)
8:00 - 9:15 a.m.Check-In and Resource Fair*Marshall Performing Arts Center (MPAC) Lobby
8:15 - 9:15 a.m.Optional Tour*Around campus - your student should visit this page to sign up in advance!
9:30 - 10:00 a.m.Office for Students in Transition (SIT) Welcome*Marshall Performing Arts Center (MPAC)
10:00 - 10:30 a.m.Financial Aid 101*Marshall Performing Arts Center (MPAC)
10:45 - 11:15 a.m.Collegiate Unit Welcome*Assigned rooms
11:20 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.LunchFood Court
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.Student Life/UMD Overview Session with Dr. Corbin Smyth, Associate Vice Chancellor for Student LifeGriggs Center

Arrival Notes

Free parking is available in Lot G, near the Library and across the street from the football field.  For other parking options, please view the UMD Parking Map.

Check-in for students & parents will be in Marshall Performing Arts Center, on Ordean Court

For questions about the Parent/Family Orientation program, please contact the Office of Student Life, vcsl@d.umn.edu or (218) 726-8501. For any other questions about the day's program for your student, visit the Students in Transition (SIT) Orientation site.