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 UMC!

How can you deposit?

  • Pay via check (with student ID in memo section)
  • Cash
  • Online with a Credit/Debit Card via your Golden Eagle Account 
If you're an incoming freshman,transfer, or international student, you need to confirm your enrollment for Spring and Fall 2020 by paying a $200 non-refundable deposit by the May 1 National Decision Day (For Fall 2020 applicants) in order to be eligible to take the next steps toward becoming a Golden Eagle, including:
  • Signing up for Course Registration
  • Apply for Housing

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.

    • National Decision Day is May 1 (For Fall 2020 applicants).

    • Non-refundable, but may be applied to future terms if you're unable to enroll for Spring/Fall 2020. Call 218-281-8570 for details.

    • You can make your online payment through the Business Office via credit card, check with student ID written in the memo section, or cash. *Make checks payable to “UMC” or “University of MN Crookston” and mail to:

2900 University Ave
170A Owen Hall
Crookston, MN 56716

*Ready to confirm your intent, but finances holding you back? We can help! Contact Brooke Novak ( or 218-281-8570) for assistance. 

Summer Orientation and Registration

Summer Orientation and Registration

Summer Orientation Dates

*Sample* Summer Orientation Schedule
Fall 2020 Schedule TBD

Time Event
8:30 - 9:00 a.m. Check In (Sargeant Student Center)
9:00 a.m. Welcome
9:15 a.m. Taking Care of Business at UMC! (Hear from the Business Office and Office of Financial Aid)
10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Student Registration, Parent and Family Sessions, and Student Success Fair
1:00 p.m. Lunch


UMN Crookston's Summer Orientation 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.

This day will consist of: meeting with a faculty advisor, current UMC students and staff, learning how to read the APAS report (transfer of credit), and registering for first semester classes. New students will also learn more about our academic programs, extracurricular activities and the many opportunities here at UMC. Participating students will receive valuable information about campus, financial aid, student accounts and upcoming Welcome Weekend and Move-In Day. By the end of the day students will better understand the nuts and bolts of being a student and will make your transition to a registered Golden Eagle!

Family members or support individuals of new students are also invited to attend Advisement & Registration. UMC's Student and Family Experience department hosts a separate family program that runs concurrently with the student’s registration schedule.

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!


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


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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


Golden Eagle Family Weekend, October 11-13, 2019 - RSVP today

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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