Member Benefits

There are many benefits to membership in UMRA—membership discounts, professional development grants, a voice in the UMN community, as well as many on-going interest groups and activities

UMRA members at a banquet

Forum and workshop speakers from within and outside the University address a variety of scholarly, informative, and entertaining topics. During the 2022-23 academic year, in-person luncheons and associated forums are scheduled for September, October, November, March, April, and May. Recognizing the impact of winter weather, the January and February forums will occur via Zoom. All of this year’s workshops will be via Zoom. This mixture of in-person and online programs provides opportunities for in-person social interaction while taking into account the concern of many over the lingering impact of Covid-19.

In addition to this website, UMRA publishes a regular newsletter (available for download on this site) that reports on association activities and provides information on health care insurance issues, volunteer activities, Regents’ decisions, and other matters of interest to the membership.  You also have access to a directory of UMRA membership.

A gala social event occurs in May of each year as UMRA officers polish up the year and the membership elects new association officers and board members to lead the next year’s activities.

Use of these discount programs is limited to UMRA members. These discount programs are valid through August 31, 2023.

Member Discounts

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Parking and Transportation

UMRA members receive a reduced parking rate at all public ramps/garages and surface lots using automated pay machines. Your UMRA membership card includes the parking discount QR code on the reverse side. To obtain your parking discount, scan the QR code at checkout (after you have inserted your parking ticket). NOTE that the UMRA rate will not be available when “event” charges apply. If you have trouble obtaining the discount using your Membership card, push the HELP button for assistance. Payment is by credit card only.

University of Minnesota Alumni Association

UMRA members may join the University of Minnesota Alumni Association at the special rate available to current U of M employees. A single annual membership is $35 (regularly $50) and a joint annual membership is $45 (regularly $60.) Membership unlocks access to rewards such as a subscription to the award-winning quarterly magazine Minnesota Alumni. Join at, selecting the U of M EMPLOYEES membership option. 612-624-2323.

Campus Club

UMRA members will receive an even greater discount than in the past (now from $120 to $88) on the campus Club annual membership fees. Get your membership now!  (612-624-6626,

Center for Spirituality and Healing

The center offers a 10% discount on many (though NOT all) of their programs. Enrich your health and wellbeing by exploring these innovative programs. (612-626-9459,

Intercollegiate Athletics

UMRA Members are eligible for "Buy One, Get One Free" bench or general admission seating tickets to Women’s Basketball, Wrestling, Women’s Hockey, Softball, Women’s Gymnastics, and Baseball. You may also obtain the discount at the Gopher Athletics Ticket Office by showing your membership card at the time of purchase. All tickets are subject to availability and fans are encouraged to purchase in advance of the event. (612-624-8080,

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

The Arboretum will provide a 10% discount on the annual membership fee, along with free admission on University Employee Day (not held every year). The Arboretum also provides discounts for groups of 15 or more. (952-443-1400,

Northrop Auditorium

Northrop offers a 15% discount when ordering 3 or more qualifying events in a Choose Your Own Package. A $5 discount to UMRA members for qualifying Northrop 2022-23 Season single tickets. (612-624-2345,

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) will provide a $20 discount to UMRA members for the initial year of membership. Over 300 courses (all included in cost of membership) are offered each year. To receive your UMRA discount and for course schedules call OLLI at 612-624-7847 or go to the OLLI website (

School of Music

UMRA members can enjoy reduced a ticket price of $15 for University Opera Theatre performances in Fall Semester 2022 and Spring semester 2023 (regularly $20- $25). (612-624-2345,

Theater Arts and Dance

UMRA members will pay $13 per ticket to all main stage performances at the Rarig Center. When ordering tickets by phone, call 612-624-2345 or purchase online at

University Bookstores

UMRA members receive a 20% discount at all Twin Cities Bookstore locations on apparel, insignia gift items, general books and supplies. This discount excludes textbooks, computer hardware and software, consumer technology products, graduation items, college jewelry medical supplies sale and clearance items, and gift cards. NOTE that there is no additional savings for UMRA members for general books which are priced at an everyday discount. UMRA members, with proof of membership, are eligible to purchase Apple products and other technology at the same special educational pricing available to the University of Minnesota campus community.  (612-625-6000,

Weisman Art Museum

Find out about the Weisman's free membership perks. (612-625-9494,