Families First

Families First

Welcome to the Gopher Family

Our annual Families First event welcomes family members of first-time college students (also known as first-generation students), to the U of M community. You are an important part of your student’s experience. As this may be your first experience navigating a university environment, we want to welcome you as a member of our Gopher family.

**This event is exclusively for families of students who are the first in their family to attend a four-year college/university to attain a bachelor's degree.

 This exciting evening includes:

  • Connecting with other families of first-generation students
  • Networking with university staff and students who are and who work with first generation students
  • A panel of experienced students and staff ready to share with you some of the in’s and out’s of experiencing the university for the first time
  • The unique opportunity to listen and watch as the incoming students attend Pride & Spirit, a special U of M tradition
  • Watching your student participate in one of the University’s significant first-year traditions
  • And of course, mingling, refreshments, and snacks!