Family Weekend

Family Weekend Reception
Family Weekend Reception

Family Weekend

We are excited to welcome UNI families to campus for Family Weekend, October 21-23, 2022. This yearly tradition is a great opportunity to make memories with your student, meet other UNI families and learn more about the university.

The full Family Weekend Schedule is tentatively below. Details to come!

Forever Family

We all know there is something special about the University of Northern Iowa community. Our campus has a rich history of supporting students in realizing their fullest potential. 

Being a Forever Family may mean a long family history of alumni or it may mean a new connection to the University. Either way, one thing remains the same: an endless support for all things Purple and Gold and living out this commitment on a daily basis.  

Nominate your family (or someone else's) as the 2022 Family Weekend Forever Family by completing this application. Nominations are due by Friday, October 7 at midnight.

Based on applications one family will be selected. The selected family should plan to be present and attend Family Weekend (October 21 - 23, 2022). The selected family will be recognized at the Welcome on Saturday morning, receive a Forever Family plaque, receive tickets to the football game, and be recognized at the football game. 

Nominate a Forever Family


Schedule of Events

Friday, October 21st Event Location
7:30 p.m.

Choirs Concert

Tickets for this event are available online. Adult ticket is $16.75, Youth/College Student (non-UNI) is $6.75, UNI Student is Free with student id.

Great Hall, Gallagher Bluedorn, Performing Arts Center (GBPAC)
8:00 p.m.

CAB Bingo

The Campus Activities Board is excited to host Bingo (with UNI prizes) on the Friday of Family Weekend. Event is free and open to all ages.

Maucker Union Coffeehouse
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Observatory Show

Follow the signs up from the lobby outside of 137 McCollum Science Hall (MSH) to the roof of MSH to view the night sky using the computer controlled telescope. In the event of rain, this event will be canceled.

McCollum Science Hall



Saturday, October 22nd Event  Location
9:00 a.m.


We hope all families will join us for the Welcome with an introduction of the 2022 Forever Family sponsored by the Alumni Association, a performance by the UNI Singpins and opening remarks from President Nook.

Great Hall, Gallagher Bluedorn, Performing Arts Center (GBPAC)
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Honors & Scholars Open House

Visit the Honors & Scholars Programs in their new suite!

3rd Floor, Bartlett Hall
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 (noon)

Communication Sciences & Disorders Open House

The CSD clinic tour provides students and their families the opportunity to see what is all housed in the Roy Eblen Speech and Hearing Clinic. Snacks and refreshments will be offered!

Roy Eblen Speech & Hearing Clinic (CAC)
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Explore the Botanical Center

Come explore a wide variety of plant species - including some rare species of plants that wouldn't normally survive in the northern Iowa climate.

Botanical Center
10:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m.

Climbing Wall 

Students and their families are invited to come and try out the Climbing Wall! Students must accompany their family members to the WRC.

Wellness & Recreation Center 
10:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m.

Athletic Training, Public Health and Recreation, and Tourism and NonProfit Leadership (RTNL) Open House

Faculty welcome the opportunity to chat with family members while they explore the WRC.

Wellness & Recreation Center, Hall of Flags
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Art Gallery Show

Explore 'Convergence and Creation of Design' the Curris Biennial Design Exhibition, and 'Glamours, Illusions, and Apparitions,' an exhibition of UNI Permanent Collection works.

Kamerick Art Building
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Schindler Education Center Open House

Enjoy a cup of hot chocolate while you check out the Early Childhood Education Center (10-12) and chat with advisors and faculty from the College of Education. College of Education and Kappa Delta Pi clothing will also be for sale.

Schindler Education Center
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 (noon)

Business, Breakfast, and Balloons

Business students and their families are welcomed into the College of Business for a morning of food and fun activities for all ages. Current students - come break a balloon to win a prize and a chance to win one of our scholarships! We look forward to getting to know you and your families better.

Curris Business Building (CBB), Hall of Flags
11:00 a.m.

Chemistry Club Magic Show

The UNI Student Chapter of the American Chemical Society is performing the annual Chemistry Magic Show! Come and see their dazzling, magical chemistry demonstrations!

Lantz Auditorium, 137 McCollum Science Hall
11:00 a.m. -1:30 p.m.

Panther Favorites Lunch in the Dining Center

Family member tickets can be purchased at the Welcome. Adult tickets are $10.00 and $8.00 for kids 5-11, under 5 eat free!

Rialto and Piazza
11 a.m., 12 (noon), and 1:00 p.m.

Dementia House Simulation

This simulation will allow you to experience what completing daily tasks might be like for a person living with dementia. Advance registration required. 

Register in advance

8712 University Avenue (South of GBPAC)
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Geography Open House

The Geography Open House will offer guided tours of our GIS lab, GeoTree center and Low Altitude Remote Sensing Lab (aka the Drones Lab). The GeoTree Center carries out a range of activities based around the application of geospatial technologies to environmental and other societal issues. Our UAVs have been used to conduct studies for large-scale photogrammetry mapping, image processing technique validation and improvement and agriculture and environmental applications. Come for the cookies! Stay for the experience!

205 Innovative Teaching Technology Center (ITTC)
12:00 (noon) - 2:00 p.m.

The Real Dig!

Experience a real excavation as Archaeology students search for remains of the past. Join Dig UNI to learn how archeologists find clues to campus history by digging and screening for artifacts.

Dig site located off of Jennings Drive south of Business & Community Services. Parking available in gravel lot off of Jennings Drive.
1:00 p.m.

Marching Band - March with your student!

Parents and family members of Panther Marching Band students are invited to enjoy rehearsal and end the activity marching alongside your student!

UNI Dome
12:00 (noon) - 2:00 p.m.

Earth & Environmental Science Open House

Visit various labs, such as the water quality/hydrology lab, and geology labs with rocks, fossils and minerals, along with many displays of meteorology, astronomy, and geology.

First Floor of Latham Hall
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Get Your Game Face On

Get your game face on as UNI takes on the Missouri State Bears. Swing by to get panther paw prints and other face painting options to show your Panther Pride. Light refreshments provided.


Sponsored by College of Social & Behavioral Sciences

Sabin Hall
4:00 p.m.

Football vs. Missouri State University

Tickets for this event are available online. Tickets start at $13.50. UNI Student is Free with student ID.*

UNI Dome


*Students wanting to sit with their families during the game instead of in the Student Section: please stop by one of the UNItix Box Office locations (located in the GBPAC or the glass connector between the UNI-Dome and McLeod Center) between 10am-4pm Monday through Friday with your UNI ID to get a ticket in the location of your visiting parents or families.

Sunday, October 23rd Event Location
10:30 a.m.

St. Stephen's the Witness Mass and Brunch

St. Stephen's the Witness is proud to host Mass/Church Service at 10:30 a.m., followed by a Family Weekend Brunch. All are welcome. RSVPs for brunch are strongly encouraged. Please email Rita Smith (

St. Stephen's the Witness

1019 West 23rd Street.

11:00 a.m. -6:00 p.m.

Scarecrow Stroll at the Arboretum

Stop by for fall fun during the Scarecrow Stroll at the Arboretum. Enjoy the Scarecrow display, open air market with pumpkins, apples, mums and more.

Cedar Valley Arboretum & Botanic Gardens at Hawkeye Community College

1727 E Orange Rd. Waterloo, IA 50701-9481

12:00 (noon)

Women's Soccer Game vs. Belmont University

No tickets necessary, just come cheer them on!

UNI Soccer Field


Visitor Information


Browse Places to Stay in the Cedar Valley

Buildings downtown Cedar Falls

Parking Options for Weekend

Family members visiting campus for Family Weekend on Friday, October 21, Saturday, October 22, and/or Sunday, October 23, can park in any A, B, C, or R campus parking lot. Those planning to stay overnight on Friday or Saturday night need to park in a C or R parking lots. A parking fee may apply for some of the parking lots on Saturday. If you have any parking questions, contact Parking Operations at (319) 273-3179 or (319) 273-7093.

Families participating in the Welcome on Saturday morning at the GBPAC are encouraged to park in the ITC B lot, south of University Avenue.