Parents, Families and Guests

We realize that a student’s transition to Mizzou is shared by the whole family. We feel that orientation can benefit parents and guardians, as well as the students. Orientation is offered to help answer questions and concerns from a family member’s point of view. During orientation, informative sessions are offered to answer your questions and address your concerns about college life at the University of Missouri. Orientation is more than just another campus tour. Even if you are already familiar with the campus, our program includes a series of special presentations designed to help you gain additional information about the University and its resources.Orientation is the first step in an incoming student’s transition to Mizzou. Therefore, we welcome and encourage you to join us.

Parent Information

The Division of Student Affairs houses the Office of Parent Relations—a central campus resource for parents of MU students. Parental involvement plays a significant role in higher education. The office assists parents in understanding their role in their student’s transition to MU, provides clear lines of communication with the University and serves as a gateway for positive parental involvement and partnerships. All parents are encouraged to visit the MU parent Web site: Sign up for the monthly parent e-newsletter under the “Stay Informed” tab, access a list of commonly contacted offices and get advice and tips on a wide range of topics related to parenting a college student. Have a question or comment? Use the toll-free parent assistance line and e-mail address, or submit directly to our Web site using the “Ask A Question” feature.

              • Office of Parent Relations
              • S1 Memorial Union
              • University of Missouri
              • Columbia, MO 65211Web:
              • Toll-free parent assistance line: 888-631-1098

    Every parent and guest over age 18 must pay an $23 orientation fee ($20 for Transfer dates, lunch included).  This fee covers a continental breakfast when you arrive on day one, social activities and all orientation publications.  The orientation fee does not include meals or campus housing.  Freshman Parents and guest may purchase, in advance, a discounted four-meal plan for $31 (Lunch and Dinner on Day 1 and Breakfast and Lunch on Day 2), to eat with their student throughout Summer Welcome.  If purchasing the meal plan at Summer Welcome, you will need to bring cash or check only.  Parents and guests may also purchase individual meals upon arrival with cash or debit card at the dining facility (please be advised that the line can get long).

    Mizzou has a limited number of parent and guest rooms (two beds per room) available. On a first-requested, first-served basis, these rooms will be assigned to parents and guests at the rate of $30 per person (this also includes children that would be staying in the room).

                          • Parents and students are not housed in the same buildings.
                          • The Residence Hall is suite- style living
                          • Bathroom’s will be shared by up to four guests (2 beds per room, 2 people per room)
                          • Guest attending alone will share a room with another parent of the same sex.

    We will notify parents and guests if housing fills up and is no longer available.  We will also mail a hotel list with the confirmation letter for parents or guests who do not want to lodge in campus residence halls.
    The Summer Welcome office must receive room cancellation requests three business days before your session.

    Every parent and guest over age 18 must pay an $14 orientation fee. This fee covers lunch and all orientation publications. Housing is unavailable during these sessions.
    Every parent and guest over age 18 must pay a $15 orientation fee. This fee covers lunch and all orientation publications. Housing is unavailable during these sessions.

    Parent Resources:

    Tips for Parents by University Parent:  Several Articles for parents of College Students.

    Office of Parent Relations Newsletters: Find current and past articles about Mizzou to help you navigate.