New Member: Joining UMRA

All retirees or soon-to-be-retired University of Minnesota employees and/or spouses or significant others, are eligible to join UMRA. You can read more about the benefits on this and other pages.

Retirees joining UMRA for the first time get a year of membership free. Annual dues thereafter are $25 for individual membership or $35 for a couple.

We encourage you to join by registering and paying online: HERE.  We will ask you for your email address, and require you to set a password for your record.  Online access to your records always require a login using your email address and the password you set. WE cannot see your password but If you forget it you will be able to have it reset quickly and easily.

A paper new registration form is still available from the chair of the Membership Committee, or you may download and print a pdf copy 20170707_join_form.pdf

Current/Previous Member: Renew

UMRA memberships are annual, and expire on August 31.  We will remind you to renew via email or postal mail, during the summer months.  The UMRA member database is entirely online.  You may review and update your record any time, and we recommend you check it out before you renew. The email and password you set previously are fine, but if you don't remember your password you must set a new one.  To set a password, click HERE and enter your email address of record.  You will get a simple email message with a link that lets you choose and set a new password. (Remember, your record consists primarily of your contact information, we keep no financial contact information.)

When you have your password, click HERE to log in.  You will see the “Dashboard” with several choices.  We recommend that you start with “Update Your Record.”  Inspect and make any corrections needed.  We hope you will add information requested that will aid in appreciating membership needs. (If you have difficulties with the member form, please do describe then in email to the Webmaster:

The final step in renewal is the “Renew Your Membership” option on the Dashboard. Please be sure you have made a choice in each option, and then Pay by Credit Card through PayPal (or from your existing PayPal account)  or Pay by mailing a check to UMRA.  

Special note about PayPal: The first PayPal page you see asks if you want to "Pay with PayPal."  Go to the bottom of that page and select "Pay with Debit or Credit Card."  The next page should offer you "PayPal Guest Checkout."  That's the right thing.  Fill out the form and select "Continue" at the bottom. You are finished and can see the results on the page and in an email sent to you. 

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:  UMRA members are entitled to receive parking discount coupons which  will obtain 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: the UMRA rate will not be available when “event” charges apply.   (612-626-7275,

CAMPUS CLUB: UMRA members will receive a 20% discount (from $120 annually to $96 payable quarterly or annually) on their campus Club membership fee.  Current Campus Club members who also have regular or introductory UMRA membership will receive this discount with their next Campus Club renewal.  (612-624-6626,

OLLI:  The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute will provide a discount for the initial year of membership. New OLLI membership fee and UMRA member discount will be: OLL! /UM ($220 – 20=$200). . For information on category benefits and course schedules call OLLI (612-624-7847 or go to  the OLLI website (

LANDSCAPE ARBORETUM:  The Arboretum will provide a 10% discount for annual membership  fees.   Use the UMRA card to redeem membership discount and free admission for University Employee Day with an UMRA card.  No other discounts apply.  (952-443-1400,

LEARNING LIFE / COLLEGE OF CONTINUING EDUCATION:  UMRA members will receive 10% reduction in fees for LearningLife courses . (612-624-4000,

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,

UNIVERSITY BOOKSTORE:  UMRA members receive a 20%  discount at all University of Minnesota – Twin Cities Bookstore locations.   This discount is good on apparel, insignia gift items, general books and supplies. The Bookstore discount excludes  textbooks, computer hardware and software, graduation items, class rings, medical reference books and medical supplies and sale items. NEW MEMBER BENEFIT: UMRA members, with proof of membership, are eligible to purchase Apple products and other technology items at the special educational pricing available to the University of Minnesota campus community.  For more information, please visit  or visit us in store at the U of M Bookstores in Coffman Memorial Union  (612-625-6000, Follow our sales and events. Text UMN to 66866 to join our email list.

INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETICS:  The UMRA member cards can be used to obtain a 20% discount for single event tickets to all sports except football, men’s basketball, and men’s hockey. There is NO season discount for any sport. (612-624-8080,

NORTHROP:  Northrop Presents offers an  UMRA 12-22% discount on series packages and $5 per single tickets for the 2017-18 Northrop Dance Season. New this year save 50% off tickets for kids under 17! (612- 624-2345,

WEISMAN ART MUSEUM:  Offers a $5 discount on individual and dual memberships.  The gift shop offers a 10% discount during the full week of UMRA meetings  (Sept.-May) and the full week of summer 4th Tuesdays (June-August) as well as other select days – to be announced. (612-625-9494,

SCHOOL OF MUSIC:  UMRA members are encouraged to attend events of the School of music, 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 (regular price $25) .  (612-624-2345,

THEATRE ARTS AND DANCE:   UMRA members will receive $12 tickets to all mainstage  performances at the Rarig Center.  When ordering tickets by phone, call 612-624-2345 or purchase online at  “Enjoy the show!”

Use of these discount programs is limited to  UMRA members..  These discount programs are renewed by UMRA annually and are valid through August 31, 2018                                               

 (October, 2017 revision)

Member News

Geospatial mapping of UMRA membership

UMRA had 646 members in December 2017.  With help from U-Spatial we mapped the location of those members across the Twin Cities, where most of our members live. People may find this useful for setting up car pools.  Using the Member Search you can find other members by city, state and zip.   View the enlarged Map.

Publication date:
Jan 30 2018

Beginning Jan. 22 (2018) Wilder Services for Aging will teach a mild exercise class designed to reduce the risk of falls by improving muscle strength, flexibility and mobility from practicing coordinated movements in a slow, circular, flowing motion.

The workshop will run for 24 sessions, from 10:30 to 11:30am every Monday and Wednesday at Wilder, 650 Marshall Ave, St. Paul. It is free but a donation of $60 is suggested. No prior experience is necessary. Please register by Tuesday, Jan 16.

Publication date:
Apr 7 2018

Want to be a part of keeping UMRA thriving? The UMRA Nominating Committee is asking for names this month for officers and Board members for 2018-19. Think about nominating someone (including yourself) for one of these positions.

Publication date:
Feb 2 2018

News you can use: Parking discount coupons are one of UMRA’s best membership benefits. If your supply is running low, here’s how to send for more!

Publication date:
Jan 4 2018

Ten applications were submitted by the December deadline for the 2018 Professional Development Grants for Retirees program. The approved proposals will be announced in March. 

Publication date:
Jan 4 2018