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 600. The number of UMRA members as of August 2020. 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 programming via Zoom and as of September 2020 is offering three, hour-long webinars per month: two forums and one workshop. Eight is the number of monthly meetings UMRA normally hosts annually. In-person programs typically begin with a luncheon or reception and include a featured speaker plus a workshop on the theme of living well in later life. Excellent programming has been a hallmark of UMRA since its inception.
  • 100–150 members and guests. The typical monthly program attendance.
  • $26.9 million. The total amount contributed (FY12–FY18) 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 in 2018.
  • 50,000+. The number of volunteer hours contributed in service to the community at large by UMRA members in 2018.
  • $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
• Book Club
• Financial and Legal Issues Group
• 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.