Orientation information for CSE parents

Parents and Families: Welcome to ​the College of Science and Engineering (CSE)! 

We are excited your student​​ will be joining us this fall and look forward to​ talking with you soon. This page will provide you with some additional information on what your student can expect this fall as they begin their academic experience in CSE. ​We recognize that the ambiguity of our current circumstances may feel challenging and overwhelming in an already big transition, and we are working hard to support both you and your student in this process. 

Below you will find information on a few key resources ​your student will learn more about in the days to come, as well as opportunities for you to connect with us during the summer via a live Q&A session with our Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs and professor of Mechanical Engineering, Paul Strykowski. 

To get started, watch below for a warm welcome to the College of Science and Engineering from ​Associate Dean Strykowski.

Live virtual Q&A sessions for parents

We will be hosting live virtual Q&A sessions for parents of CSE students with college leadership from Noon-12:45 p.m. CDT on the following dates:

  • Thursday, June 11, 2020
  • Thursday, June 18, 2020
  • Thursday, June 25, 2020
  • Thursday, July 9, 2020

More information on how to access these Q&A sessions online will be sent to you via email in the coming weeks. We hope to see you there!

Resource information for parents

How you can support your student

Learn more about resources and ways to support your student during their transition to college.

Supporting Your Student (Printable PDF)

Information about CSE Majors

You can learn a bit more about the major exploration process and the 20 different majors students have to choose from within CSE.

Information about CSE Academic Advising

Lastly, in this video, you can learn more about the academic advising structure and experience for students in CSE.


If you have questions, contact us at csestudent@umn.edu