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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

What to Bring

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List of Items for Family/Guests to Bring to Orientation 


  • Casual clothes and comfortable walking shoes
    We will be walking between University buildings throughout the day, so it's important to dress appropriately.
  • Sweater or jacket
    Temperatures vary between buildings, so layering clothing can be helpful.
  • Umbrella
    It's best to be prepared for the occasional rain shower, as we will be walking on campus.
  • Overnight necessities
    If you're staying overnight on campus, bring shower shoes, a towel, toiletries, hair dryers, etc., and comfortable clothes. You will have a sink in your room, and share an unlocked bathroom with another family.
  • Gym clothes and tennis shoes (with non-marking soles)
    Family members staying on campus have the opportunity to use the Campus Recreation Center from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on day one of orientation.
  • Alarm Clock
    Orientation starts early on day two, so make sure to have an alarm to wake you up! Sorry, no wake up calls.


If your student is under the age of 18 at orientation...

Students are able to participate in a variety of orientation activities (volleyball, basketball, fitness classes, rock climbing, etc.) offered in the Campus Recreation facilities, Centennial Student Union, and a variety of other campus locations while at orientation. All students that choose to participate, must sign a liability waiver. Students that are 18 years of age at orientation, will sign these forms during orientation.

If your student will be under the age of 18 when attending orientation, he/she must have a parent/guardian also sign the following liability waiver(s). Bring these forms with you, and turn them in during check-in.

If your students plans on using the Rock Climbing Wall during orientation, your student needs to complete all three waiver forms and receive a parent/guardian signature on all three forms.