The Activities Fairs take place at the start of fall in September and again at the start of spring. They provide student groups the opportunity to table and promote themselves to potential new members. This is a great way to get the word out about your student group! For more information, please see the Activities Fair FAQs.
Spring 2019 Activities Fair information:
The Activities Fairs are one-day events where student groups table to promote themselves to new members. There are three in the Fall (Explore U, St. Paul, Minneapolis) and one in the Spring.
Explore U takes place on the Saturday before the Fall semester begins, in Mariucci Arena. Only freshmen are allowed to attend.
The St. Paul and Minneapolis Activities Fairs take place in the first two weeks of the Fall semester in front of the St. Paul Student Center and on the Coffman Front Plaza, respectively. All students are allowed to attend.
The Spring Activities Fair takes place in the first few weeks of the semester in the Great Hall of Coffman Memorial Union.
Signups for the Fall Activities Fairs open in June and will appear as a link at the top of the Student Groups page. For the Spring Activities Fair, signups open in late Fall. Reminders with the exact dates are sent to all the listed officers of your group beforehand so that you may plan ahead.
Any currently-registered student group in good standing with Student Unions & Activities (SUA).
No, the Activities Fairs are for student groups only.
Not if you are already currently registered. You can view your group’s registration status on the Student Group Directory. If your group has expired, please contact email@example.com and indicate that you would like to restart the group.
Upon signup, a confirmation email is sent to the main and secondary email addresses that were entered on the signup form.
Groups are given one month to sign up. However, keep in mind that signups are first-come, first-served and often fill quickly (especially for Explore U).
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with your student group name. If your group already paid for the fairs, we will refund the money to you.
Fall Activities Fairs are $15 and the Spring Activities Fair is $10. Registration fees are non-refundable.
Table and chair rentals, tablecloths, table clips, and experiential components (ex: business cards).
Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) can pay by cash or check at the Student Activities Office (Coffman 126). Please write checks to the University of Minnesota and include your student group name and ID number on the memo line.
Campus Life Programs (CLPs) must submit EFS numbers in the signup form.
Yes. Please use the following address and do not send cash:
Student Activities Office
Attn: Activities Fair
126 Coffman Memorial Union
300 Washington Ave. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
We recommend mailing your payment. Groups must pay in order to hold their spot. If payment is not made, your table will be given to a group on the waitlist.
You are looking at OFYP's (Office for First-Year Programs) site for vendors. These are for businesses, restaurants and organizations that are placed on the bottom level of Mariucci at Explore U. Student groups only need to pay $10 and signups are first-come, first-served.
A waitlist option will appear on the signup form and you can click it to place your group on a waitlist.
There is no guarantee of spaces opening, but as soon as a group drops out of a fair, waitlisted groups are contacted in the order they signed up.
Yes, but though your group may wait as early as you want, there is no guarantee that tables will become available.
Once all groups have checked in, waitlisted groups will be accepted in the order they arrived and based on the number of remaining tables.
Groups that don't show by the final check-in time will lose their spot to a waitlisted group.
At the time indicated on the confirmation email. You can arrive as early as you want and wait in line before check-in begins. You will then check-in with SUA staff before claiming a table.
Some tables may have access to a nearby outlet. Your group will need to check in early to find and claim one.
No, tables are available first-come, first-served on the day of the event.
Due to space constraints, you can only bring items that fit under or behind your table. Groups typically bring tablecloths, tri-fold boards, flyers, brochures and giveaways. Due to space constraints, if you need to set anything up (ex. a large sign or banner), you may only do so behind your table, not next to it.
Printed material must include the group's name and contact information. Food must be pre-packaged, individually-wrapped and store-bought. Any beverages handed out must be Coca-Cola products. No fundraising activities or sales are allowed.
Following Housing & Residential Life policies, groups are not allowed to give these items away: door stops, candles & incense, decorative lighting, door-mounted dry erase boards and alcohol-related paraphernalia.
At least one member from your group must be at the table at all times. While tabling, members must stay within ten feet of the table.
At Explore U, due to space constraints, each group is limited to only four members at a time.
For more information on submitting a complaint against a group, see here.