The University of Minnesota Crookston will be hosting a Tour n Grill event on June 20 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The event will include tours of the campus, a grill-out, and games.

The Tour n Grill event is the counterpart to the winter event called Tour n Chill that UMC puts on. A winter event is a virtual event where students can join a Zoom call and get a campus tour over a video call while having a Q&A about campus afterward. The summer event, Tour n Grill, will allow the school to give in-person tours while it is at the height of its beauty in the summer. The in-person event will also enable prospective students and families to enjoy food and play outdoor games.

“We started at 5:30 or 6:00 last year. It was the first rollout of the event, so we ended up having the second portion of the tour in the dark. It wasn’t a terrible thing. We did want them to see it all with the sun up,” said Ethan Christopherson, UMC  admissions counselor.  “We’ll just do it a little bit earlier this year, and I think again we will lean more towards fun outdoor activities and less okay now let’s go to a classroom and talk about GPAs and scholarships and all that stuff. We’ll have that information but we will probably give that out in handout form.”

If you or someone you know is looking at attending college, this is a perfect time to check out the campus. “In the summer, it’s really awesome, and I mean, we can show you any department. We’ve got wonderful horticulture, nature areas, and many different things that are not your traditional tour. It can be built around what you want to see and what you want to or don’t ask,” said Christopherson. “The summer tours and the summer events are more about how beautiful the campus is. Things that you can do that you are interested in and not us just trying to force feed you a ton of information. It is laid back, it’s fun, the food is free, and it is good, and you’ll still have all your weekend time.”