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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 TRANSPORTATION: Parking discount coupons provide a reduced rate of $7 maximum at all on-campus 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,

INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETICS:  New changes to UMRA discounts to University Athletics events: UMRA members will receive additional benefits on University of Minnesota Faculty and Staff Appreciation Athletics Events. Show your membership card at the time of purchase to receive exclusive discounts beyond those offered to University employees and non UMRA members! Also, watch for notice of group events offered exclusively for UMRA members! These events will be announced throughout the 2019-20 academic year. (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,

LEARNING LIFE | COLLEGE OF CONTINUING AND PROFESSIONAL STUDIESUMRA 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,

NORTHROPNorthrop Presents offers UMRA a 12-22% discount on series packages and $5 per single ticket for the 2019-20 Northrop Dance Season, which runs October 2019 through April 2020.  (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). More than 300 courses are offered each year. To receive your UMRA discount and for course schedules, call OLLI at 612-624-7847 or go to

SCHOOL OF MUSICUMRA 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 DANCEUMRA members will pay $12 per ticket for 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 BOOKSTORES:  UMRA members receive a 20% discount at all Twin Cities Bookstores 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 there are 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 MUSEUMWeisman is transforming its membership program and the new model will be announced in early September. The benefits will be changing (and actually improving) for UMRA members! (612-625-9494,

Use of these discount programs is limited to UMRA members. These discount programs are valid through August 31, 2020.


[Rev. September 2019]