Family Orientation & Resources 2020

Below are listed resources for families as well as information about the Family Orientation in 2020.

College students are more successful when their families are interested in and support their efforts. Family Orientation is designed specifically for parents and family members of new students. The program allows family members to become familiar with Minnesota State University, Mankato and meet with faculty, administrators, and Minnesota State University, Mankato students. Presentations are geared toward helping family members assist their students with the transition to college and to understand the transitions the family will face.

Family Podcast from Dr. Jones

Below there are several episodes of a podcast from Dr. David Jones, Vice President of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management. 






As a parent of a college student, you want to support your student and set them up for success in college and life beyond. But we know that isn’t always easy. There are many challenges and moving parts! Kelly Radi is a motivational speaker, award-winning author and current college parent. Her powerful, relatable messages focus on personal accountability, healthy communication and nurturing relationships. Her readers and audiences leave refreshed and confident, armed with new perspectives and practical, action-based take-aways.

Kelly’s book, Out To Sea: A Parents’ Survival Guide to the Freshman Voyage, is

THE go-to resource for parents as they navigate the high school-to-college transition. It is filled with real examples and practical advice on how you can successfully launch—and support—your college student. Kelly lives in Sartell, Minnesota, with her husband Marty where they are enjoying their empty nest and watching their daughters learn to “adult.” Learn more about Kelly at

This visit with the author is OPEN TO ALL parents—no need to have read the book in advance. In fact, we have a few copies to give away! Email with your mailing address to request a copy (limited availability). Join the discussion via Zoom ( Monday, August 17 from 7:00-8:00pm about the college transition and get any of your last minute burning questions answered. “Experienced” parents (those of you who have sent children to college previously) are welcome to join also—we would like to hear your stories and advice!

Questions about financial aid?

Check out the Zoom sessions we'll be having throughout the summer, where you can get all your questions answered!

Financial Aid Zoom Session: Wednesday 7/15 5:00PM-6:00PM

Financial Aid Zoom Session: Wednesday 7/22 11:00AM-12:00PM

Financial Aid Zoom Session: Wednesday 7/29 5:00PM-6:00PM

For more family resources, including family events, academic tips, and subscribing to our office's email newsletter, Visit the New Student and Family Programs page!