Thursday, April 5th & Friday, April 6th, 2018


Congratulations on your admission to the Carlson Full-Time MBA program for fall 2018! We are excited to provide you with the opportunity to come to campus for a very special event just for newly admitted Full-Time MBA students and their partners. This weekend will be a wonderful opportunity for you to meet your future classmates, network with current students, corporate recruiters, faculty and alumni, and experience the true beauty of the Twin Cities. If your partner will be joining you for the weekend, they are welcome to participate in all aspects of the event. In fact, they will also have the opportunity to meet and mingle with the partners of current MBA students.

In preparation for the event, we encourage you to take some time to get to know other admitted Carlson MBA candidates - your potential future classmates - by joining the Carlson Full-Time MBA Class of 2020 group on Facebook.

The event will take place in a few different locations. However, the beginning of both days will begin  at the Carlson School of Management Building. Your check-in point on Thursday, April 5th will be on the second floor of our building in the Executive Center. Please note that if you come in the front of the building you will have to go up one level to reach the Executive Center, if you park in the 19th Avenue lot and use the skyway, you will already be on the second floor. Your check-in point on Friday, April 6th will be on the first floor of our building in the Atrium.

Both check-in points will be well marked. Please follow the signs and balloons.

If you are driving, please see the parking information below under "locals." If you are from out of town, please view the "non locals" tab to learn more about getting to the event.

Other important details about the event can be found below.

See you soon!

The MBA Admissions Team



To join us for this exciting event, please RSVP by utilizing the following password: UpClose2018. Please Note: Registration has now closed for this event.


Please find the Final Agenda here:  PDF iconUp Close Final Agenda (112.81 KB). Your partner is welcome to join you for all of the programming. 

Please note: On April 5th, the welcome and ice-breaker will begin at 1:00 PM.  Please arrive at least fifteen minutes prior to check-in. On April 6th, check-in and breakfast will begin at 8:00 AM.  





Corporate Site Visits

We will have a few options for corporate site visits to one of our local employer partners on Thursday, April 5th in the afternoon. Past site visits have included Land O’ Lakes, Target, 3M, and General Mills. This year attendees have the option to visit 3M or Medtronic. Please bring a form of ID as you will need this for check-in at the corporate site. 


The attire will be business professional on Thursday, April 5th and business casual on Friday, April 6th.


Transportation, Directions & Parking Information

Parking will be provided both days in the 19th Avenue Parking Ramp at the Carlson School of Management. As you enter the ramp, please take a ticket. We will provide you with a parking voucher upon check-in that will cover the cost of parking.




The Carlson School provides airfare stipends for both domestic out-of-towners and international attendees. We also offer complimentary hotel accommodations for non-local attendees. Airfare should be booked through our travel agent. Details will be provided once you RSVP.

Hotel Accommodations

Complimentary hotel accommodations are provided by the Carlson School. Once you register for the event, a reservation will be made for you for a two-night stay (Thursday, April 5th – Saturday, April 7th) at the Courtyard Marriott Downtown in Minneapolis, Minnesota. At check-in, simply provide your name - that’s it!

On Thursday, April 5th, please be ready in the hotel lobby by 12:30 PM and on Friday, April 6th, please be ready in the hotel lobby by 7:45 AM as a Carlson MBA representative will meet you in the lobby both days to escort you to the Carlson School of Management - just a short 5 minute walk from the hotel!


You are responsible for your transportation to and from the airport - we will take care of your transportation during the event days. To learn more about your transportation options, Courtyard Marriott Downtown has provided some useful recommendations.


Miscellaneous Information

On Thursday (at event check-in), you will receive materials for the weekend's events, including a notebook, pen and tote bag.

In case of an emergency (i.e. missed/cancelled flight, illness, etc.) and you need to get a hold of our staff before or during the event, please call our MBA Program Office directly (612-625-5555) and an MBA representative will be in contact with you shortly.