The University of Minnesota Retirees Association (UMRA) is dedicated to connecting U of M retirees in lifelong, mutual support of the University and each other. Membership is open to all retirees from all U of M campuses, their spouses and partners. Incorporated in 1978, UMRA has served, supported, and advocated for the interests of the University for more than 40 years.

By the numbers

  • Nearly 800. The number of UMRA members as of May 2021. Includes faculty, staff, spouses, partners, and friends.
  • 8 x 3. With the suspension of in-person gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic, UMRA turned to offering three, hour-long webinars per month via Zoom in September 2020: two forums and one living well workshop. Eight is the number of monthly meetings UMRA normally hosts annually. Attendance has been consistently high. We look forward to returning to in-person events in the future. Excellent programming has been a hallmark of UMRA since its inception.
  • $30.8 million. The total amount contributed (FY12–FY20) by UMRA members to the U’s ongoing “Driven” campaign.
  • 20,000+. The number of volunteer hours contributed in service to the University by UMRA members annually (pre-COVID).
  • 50,000+. The number of volunteer hours contributed in service to the community at large by UMRA members annually (pre-COVID).
  • $4,000. Grants of up to $4,000 each are available to U of M retirees in 2020-2021 through the competitive Professional Development Grants for Retirees program, administered by UMRA and the Office of the Vice President for Research.
  • 8. The number of newsletters UMRA publishes annually (September–May) and distributed by mail, email and online at


In addition to its monthly programs, UMRA offers a variety of group activities, including:

• Armchair Traveler
• Two Book Clubs
• Financial and Legal Issues Group
• Family History Club
• Photo Club
• Social Activities
• Travel Program
• UMRA Cares
• Volunteer Opportunities

Designated UMRA board liaisons attend and report on the activities of the Board of Regents, the Alumni Association, the Senate Committee on Faculty Affairs, the Benefits Advisory Committee, the University Retiree Volunteer Center, and the Campus Club.