Family Weekend

Experience Campus Life

Family Weekend is a great time to visit campus, to enjoy some of the great activities available on campus and to explore the day-to-day of your student’s life.

We hope you are able to enjoy good quality time with your student, and we look forward to providing you with some education, fun and the opportunity to connect with other families, staff and faculty.


Family Weekend FAQs

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2024 Schedule

Currently in the early planning process.

Programming will be available starting midday on Friday through midday on Sunday.

Athletic Events (Not Included in Registration)

As part of Family Weekend, families are invited to cheer on our Golden Gophers in Huntington Bank Stadium!

Discounted tickets are available for:

  • Football on Saturday 10/5 against USC

Thanks to a tremendous partnership with Athletics, you will be able to purchase discounted, special rate family tickets in summer 2024.

A few important notes:

  • Football kickoff time has not yet been announced
  • If your student has season tickets, you have some options. First, your student can sit in the student section while your family sits in the seats you purchase. You can meet up before and after the game.  Or, after you check in with your student, you decide as a family that you'd all like to sit together, your student can transfer their ticket to another student and you can purchase a ticket for them to sit with you. It is not possible for families to sit in the student section.
  • Purchasing football and other athletic tickets is a separate process from registering for Family Weekend.

If you have questions about tickets, please connect with the Gopher Ticket Sales & Service Office at [email protected] or call 1-800-U-GOPHER.

For questions about Family Weekend, please contact [email protected]

Registration and Cost

Registration is not yet available for fall of 2024.

More information to come by July 31, 2024.

What You Can Expect

Programming will begin in the afternoon on Friday and will wrap-up by 12:00pm on Sunday.

Consider what works best for your family as you plan your attendance. Some families choose to come for the entire weekend, while others may pop in for a quick visit. Whether you attend all or one of our events offered, we are excited to have you join us on campus.

Keep in mind that the U of M is a large campus, and visitors will do a lot of walking. Comfortable shoes and appropriate layers for outside activities are essential.

Travel Plans and Hotel Reservations

As you are making travel arrangements, do what works best for you and your family. Oftentimes, families coming from a distance choose to travel to campus on Friday and return home on Sunday afternoon.

Hotel Reservations:

Discounted rooms will be available to you at hotels near campus. You do not have to book at these specific hotels if you have another preferred hotel, these are where discounts have currently been arranged for you in coordination with Parent & Family Weekend.

Information related to blocks of rooms and discounts will be shared by June 30, 2024.


Currently, we do not have any discounted parking rates available, however, we do have a variety of options available with cash and card payments are accepted at all University of Minnesota parking facilities and meters.

Please note: all public parking facilities at the University of Minnesota contain signed disability spaces.

For more information please visit the Parking & Transportation Services website.

Everyone is Welcome

Family Weekend is not only for families of first-year students and it’s definitely not just for parents. All families, extended families, grade school siblings and supporters are welcome to join us!

Keep in mind that the U of M is a large campus, and visitors will do a lot of walking. Comfortable shoes and appropriate layers for outside activities are essential.

Check-in With Your Student

Students are typically eager for a visit from home by this time in the semester. They may be tired, overwhelmed, or stressed and in need of some family time. By late October, students are generally settled in and have a regular routine. Ask them to take you to their favorite study spot or explore a nearby restaurant they've been wanting to try.

Make sure to discuss your student’s schedule for the weekend in advance. Classes are still in session on Friday and your student may have study group or student group activities already on their calendar.