University Events

The McNamara Alumni Center at the University of Minnesota is the premier event venue on campus. It hosts more than 600 University events each year in its 10 rooms including conferences, career fairs, and graduations. Room rental rates at the McNamara Alumni Center are charged at either the University or Non-University rate.

What Qualifies an Event for the University Rate?

A University event is defined as a University of Minnesota entity hosting a University-sponsored event that supports the mission of the institution. A member of the University department is our contact who coordinates the event details, signs the contract and pays the invoice. A corporate or private event coordinated by a University alumnus, donor or employee is charged the non-University rate.

University Room Rental: M
Room Current Rates
Memorial Hall $1,200
University Hall $1000
Johnson Great Room $1000
Heritage Gallery $800
Thomas Swain Room $800
Ski-U-Mah $600
The Commons $350
Minnesota $350
Gateway $150
Big Ten $150
Discovery Hall (2nd floor) $100/hr
Laukka Room (2nd floor) $150/hr
Possible charges may be incurred for:
  • After hours (if the building would otherwise be closed, add $40/hour)
  • Additional hours (if rental goes beyond 6 hours)
  • Set-up ($50-$300 depending on the nature of your event)

We accept check, cash or credit card.
We do not accept payment by EFS.
Student events require full payment up front.

Please note: a minimum of 35 attendees is required for events taking place outside of Monday-Friday 7:00 am – 6:00 pm and on Saturdays and Sundays.

Thank you very much for the excellent event yesterday. The setup, the last minute changes and coordination was perfection. Your staff is extremely helpful and attentive. It is my first time working with you and in my years of working with venues you're certainly at the top of your game.

Nik, Institute on Community Integration

Thanks to your entire staff for your help with coordinating our event. I was most thankful for the smooth operation we had from set-up to tech support. That helped create a productive session. A special shout out to your technician who helped us look and sound good. He was very professional to work with.

Mark, Office of Undergraduate Education