Parents, Families and Guests

A student’s transition to Mizzou is shared by the whole family. Orientation can benefit parents and guardians as well as students. Attending orientation will provide answers to questions and concerns from a family member’s point of view. During orientation, family members will learn about college life at the University of Missouri. This is more than just another campus tour. Even if you are already familiar with the campus, this 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. We welcome and encourage you to join us.

Parent Information

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Mizzou Families in the Office of the Dean of Students is the primary liaison and resource for parents and family members of MU students. We provide programs and services designed to inform, educate and assist MU families. These include events such as Family Weekend, Spring Family Fling and resources such as the Mizzou Families Calendar and family assistance telephone line.

All parents and family members are encouraged to visit the Mizzou Families website at, sign up for the mailing list 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 listed below, or submit a question directly using the “Ask A Question” feature on the “About Us” tab.

Office of Parent Relations

Office of the Dean of Students
2202 MU Student Center
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211

Toll-free parent and family assistance line:  888-631-1098
Local number:  573-882-5539


Every parent and guest over the age of 18 must pay a $15 orientation fee. This fee covers lunch and all orientation publications. Housing is not available during these sessions.
Every parent and guest over the age of 18 must pay a $23 orientation fee ($19 for one-day sessions, 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 guests may purchase, in advance, a discounted four-meal plan for $31, 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 per night (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
  • Bathrooms will be shared by up to four guests (2 beds per room, 2 people per room)
  • Guests 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 also have a Hotel Guide on our website (and included in your confirmation email) 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 a $15 orientation fee. This fee covers lunch and all orientation publications. Housing is not available during these sessions.

Parent Resources