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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.

While the Covid-19 induced restriction on large public gatherings remains in effect, the luncheons are suspended.  However, a schedule of monthly presentations by notable speakers continues.  Members access the talks and participate in discussion and with questions via Zoom.

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 TRANSPORTATION:   UMRA members receive a reduced parking rate at all public ramps/garages and surface lots using automated pay machines:  you will pay only $1 per hour up to a maximum of $13.  automated pay machine for parkingYour UMRA membership card includes the parking discount QR code on the reverse side.  To obtain your parking discount, insert your parking ticket into the pay machine as you exit the ramp.  Then insert your membership card or scan the QR code by holding it under the Voucher/Pass Scanner (see red arrow in picture).  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.

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 (regulartly $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 & 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.  See currently available tickets at the following link:

 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:  Northrop offers a 15% discount when ordering 3 or more qualifying events in a Choose Your Own Package. Find details about that here.  In addition, Northrop will continue to offer UMRA members $5 off all Northrop 2021-22 Season single tickets.  Find that offer listed here. (612-624-2345,

OLLI:  The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute 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 are welcome to attend all Fall 2021 School of Music events, which will be on line and open to the public without charge.  Ticket prices for University Opera Theatre performances in Spring 2022 will be $15 for UMRA members (regularly $20- $25).  (612-624-2345,

THEATRE ARTS AND DANCE:   UMRA members will pay $12 per ticket to all mainstage performances at the Rarig Center.  When ordering tickets by phone, call 612-624-2345 or purchase online at

UNIVERSITY BOOKSTORE:  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:  Linked here is information about Weisman’s membership model, which is now free to join. It’s web address is (612-625-9494,

Use of these discount programs is limited to UMRA members. These discount programs are valid through August 31, 2022. 


[Rev: October 12, 2021]