Student and Family Experience

Student and Family Experience LogoThe Student and Family Experience (SAFE) office is dedicated to provide new students and their families with resources to better assist them with their transition to the University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC).

SAFE's Mission and Goals

SAFE's Mission and Goals


The Student and Family Experience program is dedicated to provide all students:

  • A comprehensive introduction to UMC and the services the campus offers.
  • Opportunities to participate in activities that will allow students to enhance their educational experience at UMC.
  • A connection to the campus community; including faculty, staff and other students.
  • A chance to experience personal and intellectual growth.


  • Assist new students in their transition to the college environment.
  • Provide an orientation to campus resources and facilities.
  • Support students in achieving their educational goals.
  • Create an atmosphere that minimizes anxiety, promotes a positive attitude and stimulates an excitement for learning. Improve retention rates.
  • Be a source of information for students about campus policies, procedures, requirements, academic programs, and campus activities.
  • Address the needs and concerns of residential, commuter, non-traditional, and international students.
  • Be a source of information for parents and family members of students.



Student & Family Experience - Registration

There are several times throughout the year when new student registration is held. Please refer to our "upcoming events" section below for upcoming dates. Please contact the Student and Family Experience office to sign up for registration.

*Sample* New Student Registration Schedule
Before leaving for the day please make sure to return all forms and fill out the evaluation form.
Also, please make sure to pick up your gift!

Time Event
8:30 - 8:45 am Welcome
8:45 - 9:30 am U-Card Photos
9:30 - 10:45 am Information Session (includes information on: Financial Aid, Business Office, General Advising, GradPlanner, and New Student Orientation)
10:45 - 1:00 pm Student Registration, Parent Sessions, Snacks, and Student Success Fair
1:00 - 1:45 pm Campus Tour (optional)

Prepare yourself for Registration:



Student Orientation Leaders standing outside Skyberg HallResearch indicated that students who attend orientation perform better in college and are more likely to graduate than those who do not attend. Orientation is required of all new students to UMC. It's a weekend full of educational, informational, and all out FUN planned just for you! 

When does New Student Orientation begin?

Fall orientation typically runs the Friday through Monday before fall semester classes begin.  See our official New Student Orientation event page for details on this year's events!

I'm a transfer student, do I need to attend Orientation?

As a Transfer student we understand that you have "been there" & "done that", so we offer you the choice on how you would like to get started here at UMC. You have the option of joining us for New Student Orientation, or you can choose to attend the mandatory Monday "Transition Crookston" orientation, which is for transfer student only. 

I'm a parent/family/guest of a new or transfer student, are there activities that I can attend?

We are glad you are here as your student begins his or her education at the University of Minnesota Crookston! There are programs and activities for parents and families on the Friday of Orientation weekend, such as an evening meal (additional charge applies for parents/guests) and a send-off for parents and guests.  Attending these events is a great opportunity for you to meet other students who are also attending UMC for the first time.  Make sure to dress in casual and comfortable clothing as you will be busy throughout the day. 

I'm an upperclassman and want to help with Orientation, what do I need to know?

Awesome!  Consider becoming an S.O.S. (Student Orientation Staff) Leader! S.O.S. Leaders are volunteer students who help welcome new students to campus during orientation weekend.  We also need students to help with transfer student orientation (a.k.a. "Transition Crookston") by becoming a Transition Ambassador.  Applications and complete job descriptions can be obtained from the Student and Family Experience office.

Family and Community Weekend

Family and Community Weekend

Current students and their families as well as prospective students from the local region and their families take part in "Family and Community Weekend", which is a series of events throughout a weekend in early Fall. More details coming soon!

Student and Family Experience Community Weekend

Parent & New Student Resources

Parent & New Student Resources

Parent & New Student Resources

Student & Family Resources - Parent Resources

UMC provides opportunities for family members to be involved in their student's first year in college through various programs such as parent orientation, which is concurrent with new student orientation.


UMC Resources

Community Resources

Other Resources

Tips for Parents and Prospective Students

Resources by Jay Zarr - High Impact Training

These suggestions are adapted from The Chronicle of Higher Education

Some universities give students a big discount the first year, but then raise the price. They might even guarantee the same amount of aid, but neglect to mention that it won't increase along with the inevitable sticker-price increases.

  • Tip: Before accepting a university's offer, call the admissions office and ask "In subsequent years, if my family's income remains the same, can I expect to have the same percentage of my need met?"

Some universities hide information, like their cost of attendance and their graduation rate. The average four-year graduation rate at four-year universities is just 37 percent.

Some universities publish confusing statistics on, for example, how small their classes are. They may boast that half their offerings enroll 20 or fewer students, but not many take those small classes, while the classes that are more widely attended typically have 100 to 500 students.

  • Tip: Ask the admissions office, "How many students are in classes like psychology or chemistry?"

Some universities offer enticing majors like journalism, television broadcasting, and studio art, but fail to mention that most of their graduates never earn enough from those degrees to even pay back their student loans.

  • Tip: Contact the university's career center and ask, "What percentage of graduates in the major that interests me are professionally employed in that field within six months of graduation?" UMC has a 97% job placement rate, with a 96% placement in field of study.

Some universities know they don't have enough housing for all their freshman.

  • Tip: Ask what housing you will be guaranteed and for how long. Get it in writing.

Department Faculty & Staff

Department Faculty & Staff

Student Exp/Parent Coordinator
(218) 281-8570

Student and Family Experience

University of Minnesota Crookston

170-A Owen Hall

2900 University Ave

Crookston, MN 56716

PHONE: 218-281-8569



M-F 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Upcoming Events

There are no events available.