Student and Family Experience

The Student and Family Experience 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).

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Confirmation Orientation & Registration Deposit (CORD)

Confirmation Orientation & Registration Deposit (CORD)

Let us know you're coming to UMN Crookston!

How can you deposit?

  • Log in to your Golden Eagle Account at
  • Click "View your Admission Decision"
  • Return to account home page
  • Click “Accept or Decline Your Offer of Admission” and let us know your enrollment decision
  • Return to account home page
  • Pay your $200 non-refundable enrollment deposit
    • Pay with a debit or credit card: click "Submit Payment" on your Golden Eagle Account
    • Pay with a check or money order - mail to: UMC FYE, 2900 University Ave, Owen Hall 170A, Crookston, MN 56716. Make checks payable to ‘UMC FYE’ and put your 7 digit student ID in the memo section
    • Pay with cash: visit Brooke Novak in person at UMN Crookston

When you pay your enrollment deposit, you will be able to apply for on-campus housing and sign up for a Summer Orientation & Registration date. You can return to your Golden Eagle account at any time to pay the deposit and move forward in the process. It is very important to confirm your enrollment as soon as possible!

Deposit Details

    • Required of all new on-campus students who plan to enroll in classes for Spring/Fall 2020.

    • We have extended the deadline for Decision Day to June 1, 2020. If you accept your offer of admission and pay your enrollment deposit by June 1st, you'll receive a $250 Golden Eagle Pledge Scholarship on your UMN Crookston student account. However, we are still accepting applications until August 1st (For Fall 2020 applicants).

    • Non-refundable, but may be applied to future terms if you're unable to enroll for Spring/Fall 2020. 

Finances holding you back?

Contact Brooke Novak at and we can work out a solution to keep you moving forward in the registration process.

Summer Orientation and Registration (SOAR)

Summer Orientation and Registration (SOAR)

SOAR Details

Summer Orientation and Registration (SOAR) has been moved to an online virtual format. Students will meet one-on-one with an academic adivsor and register for your first semester classes from the comfort of your own home. This also includes online modules and virtual, interactive, informative topics to include: an overall welcome, academic resources, student success, navigating life as a Golden Eagle, financial aid, FAFSA, tuition and fees, UCards, clubs and organizations, campus safety, and Welcome Weekend information. We will email you a sign-up link to pick a time in the coming weeks. Please keep an eye out and thank you for your patience during this time. 

UMN Crookston's SOAR program will help introduce new students to the many opportunities that await them and assist with transition to college life and the University of Minnesota Crookston.

Family members or support individuals of new students are also invited to participate Advisement & Registration. 

Prepare yourself for Registration:

Golden Eagle Welcome Weekend - Move-In Day

Golden Eagle Welcome Weekend - Move-In Day

Research indicated that students who attend Welcome Weekend perform better in college and are more likely to graduate than those who do not attend. Welcome Weekend is required of all new freshman students to UMC. It's a weekend full of educational, informational, and all out FUN planned just for you! 

Move in Day 2020 Graphic

When does Welcome Weekend begin?

Fall orientation typically runs the Friday through Monday before fall semester classes begin.  Click the button below for details on this year's Golden Eagle Welcome Weekend events!

Golden Eagle Welcome Weekend

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

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 Welcome Weekend, or you can choose to attend the mandatory Monday "Transition Crookston" orientation, which is for transfer students and non-traditional students 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 Welcome 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 Welcome Weekend, 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 Welcome 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.

Golden Eagle Family Weekend

Golden Eagle Family Weekend

Golden Eagle Family Weekend
October 11-13, 2019

Golden Eagle Family Weekend

Family Weekend is a weekend filled with Golden Eagle athletics, campus time, a time to get crafty with the family, and much more! We have a busy schedule planned with some great FREE opportunities for you and your family! However you will need to ensure they RSVP to get FREE meal and athletic passes as well as other fun events!

 Golden Eagle Family Weekend

Learn more

Parent Resource FAQ's

Parent Resource FAQ's

Parent & New Student 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 Welcome Weekend


Parent and New Student FAQ'S

How do we support the transition for all students?

  • Summer Orientation
    This is where it all begins! The office of Orientation and First Year Experience helps to support the Summer Orientation programs, which are a dynamic, student-centered experiences that inspire a purposeful transition into the Golden Eagle community. This is also when all new students meet with an academic advisor and register for classes. Summer Orientation is the first step toward a successful graduation, check out more information on our Summer Orientation website!

    By intentionally immersing and connecting students and their parents and family members to the story of UMC, orientation fosters an emotional connection to the people, places, and ideas of the Golden Eagle community to inspire success.  Within this community built at orientation, students and their families learn from staff, faculty, and current students the best practices for academic and personal success as they begin the journey toward graduation.

  • Golden Eagle Welcome Weekend
    When you arrive with your student to the University of Minnesota Crookston in August, you will be eagerly greeted by our SOS (Student Orientation Staff)  Leaders to begin your next step, Move-In Day!. Golden Eagle Welcome Weekend takes place during the four days prior to the beginning of classes and builds upon Summer Orientation for new students and their families once they have arrived on campus.

    Golden Eagle Welcome Weekend, Transition Crookston and International Student Orientation are designed to assist new students with the transition to UMC by creating community, connecting new students to resources and helping new students learn what it means to be a Golden Eagle!  Students can look forward to engaging in exciting UMC traditions while learning more about involvement resources and getting engaged with their academic college. Parent and family members also have the opportunity to hear from key campus resources during the Welcome Home Session on Move-In Day.

  • Golden Eagle Transition Programs
    As your student begins the new semester, the support doesn’t end – there are a number of exciting programs designed to provide a support network, a sense of community, and academic and social mentoring.  These programs are ultimately designed to empower students to get to the second year and well on their path toward graduation.


What does my student's year look like?

Use this timeline to be prepared for what your student's year will entail! Click the various months for additional information.

August Timeline - Move-in Day and Welcome Weekend

September Timeline - Homecoming

October Timeline - Family Weekend and fill out the FAFSA (Renewal)
November Timeline - Thanksgiving Break and Registration
December Timeline - Winter Break - your student is coming home
January Timeline - Ag Arama
March Timeline - Spring Break and Midterms
April Timeline - Apply for internships
May Timeline - Commencement
Summer Timeline - Internships and Jobs


When is Family Weekend?

Family Weekend 2019 is on October 11-13, 2019. Check out what to expect by visiting our Family Weekend webpage!


How do I stay connected to UMC and my student on social media?


What literature is available on the topic of students transitioning from high school to college?


How can I ensure I have access to my student's account (paying bills, financial aid questions, etc.)?


What are some of the most used UMC Resources?


How can I access information about the city of Crookston and the surrounding area?


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Spring 2020 Transition Crookston Schedule

Spring 2020 Transition Crookston Schedule

Transition Crookston Spring 2020
Sunday, January 12

Transition Crookston is a one-day program that helps new students become acquainted with our campus, meet new friends, and make smoother transitions into college life. It is organized for New Freshman, Transfers, and Non-Traditional Students. See the Transition Crookston Spring 2020 schedule below. Please note that Transition Crookston is mandatory for all new students entering UMC spring 2020 semester. 

Time Event
1:00 pm Check In (Sargeant Student Center)
1:15 pm Welcome
1:30 pm Transitioning to Life at UMC
2:30 pm Golden Eagle Survival Guide
5:30 pm Dinner/Option to meet with Financial Aid


Student and Family Experience's Mission and Goals

Student and Family Experience'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.

Department Faculty & Staff

Department Faculty & Staff

Dir Orientation/Comm Outreach
170-A Owen Hall
(218) 281-8570

Student and Family Experience

University of Minnesota Crookston

170-A Owen Hall

2900 University Ave

Crookston, MN 56716

PHONE: 218-281-8570



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

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