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Membership Benefits:

There are many benefits to membership in UMRA:  membership discounts, professional development grants, a voice in the UMN community, and many on-going activities.

Monthly luncheons are held throughout the academic year, and are well attended.  Speakers from within and outside the University address a variety of scholarly, informative, and entertaining topics. After the luncheon, free expert led workshops may be held in a more informal setting.

In addition to this web site, UMRA publishes a monthly newsletter (available for download on this site) reporting on association activities and providing information on health care insurance issues, volunteer activities, regents’ decisions, and other matters of interest to the 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.

Discounts Available to UMRA Members:

PARKING AND TRANSPORTATIONUMRA members are entitled to receive parking discount coupons which will provide a reduced all day rate at all public ramps/garages and surface lots using automated pay machines.  You must have an UMRA member parking coupon when leaving in order to receive the discounted rate.  NOTE that the UMRA rate will not be available when “event” charges apply.  Get parking coupons from John Anderson at UMRA luncheons/receptions, or by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to
John S. Anderson, 1332 Como Blvd. E., St. Paul, MN 55117.
One Forever postage stamp on a #10 envelope can deliver up to 21 discount coupons.  A request for more than 21 coupons requires additional postage.

CAMPUS CLUB: UMRA members will receive a 20% discount (from $120 to $96) on the campus Club annual membership fee.  Campus Club is conducting a membership drive this year from September 1 to December 31, offering first year memberships for just $88.  (612-624-6626)

CENTER FOR SPIRITUALITY & 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)


COLLEGE OF CONTINUING AND PROFESSIONAL STUDIES / LEARNING LIFE:  UMRA members will receive 10% discount in fees for LearningLife Courses.  See for more information on Discounts & Policies, and all upcoming courses and events.   (612-624-4000)


INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETICS:  Use your UMRA member card to get a 20% discount for single game tickets to all sports except football, men’s basketball, and men’s hockey. While there is NO discount for season tickets for any sport for UMRA members, season ticket holders and donors to Gopher Sports are eligible for Gopher Loyalty Program benefits. (612-624-8080,


MINNESOTA LANDSCAPE ARBORETUMThe 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:  Northrop Presents offers UMRA a 12-22% discount on series packages and $5 per single tickets for the 2018-2019 Northrop Dance Season, which runs October 2018 through April 2019. NOTE that the historic Northrop pipe organ has been restored and reinstalled and will be featured in several music performances this season. (612-624-2345)

OLLIThe Osher Lifelong Learning Institute will provide a $20 discount to UMRA members for the initial year of membership ($220 – $20=$200). For information on category benefits and course schedules call OLLI at 612-624-7847 or go to the OLLI website.


SCHOOL OF MUSIC:  UMRA members are welcome to attend School of Music events, many of which are open to the public without charge.  Ticket prices for University Opera Theatre performances in fall and spring will be $15 for UMRA members (regularly $20- $25).  (612-624-2345)

THEATRE ARTS AND DANCE UMRA members will receive $12 tickets to all mainstage performances at the Rarig Center.  This year will feature a mainstage season, specialty season, and studio series. When ordering tickets by phone, call 612-624-2345 or purchase online at

UNIVERSITY BOOKSTORESUMRA 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, graduation items, class rings, medical reference books and medical supplies, and sale items. NOTE that the Bookstores will be switching its general book pricing strategy later this fall to an everyday discount. As soon as that goes into place there will be no additional savings for UMRA members in that product category. 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:  Weisman offers to UMRA members a $5 discount on individual and dual memberships, as well as a 10% discount at the Gift Shop during the entire week of UMRA meetings in September through May and during the entire week of the 4th Tuesdays in June, July and August.  (612-625-9494)

Use of these discount programs is limited to UMRA members. These discount programs are valid through August 31, 2019.


[Rev. August 2018]