Apply for Homecoming Royalty

NEW THIS YEAR: In an effort toward gender inclusivity, Student Unions and Activities has changed the titles of Homecoming “King and Queen” to the gender-neutral “Royalty.” We wish to promote a spirit of inclusion at the University of Minnesota. This change allows the University to select the best student representatives for the U of M based on campus and community involvement — regardless of gender. What in the past would have been called “King” and “Queen” will now be called “Royals” and can be any combination of any gender identity.

Student Unions & Activities is seeking high-spirited, dedicated, and enthusiastic Gophers to fill the crowns of the University of Minnesota’s Homecoming Royalty!

The Homecoming Royalty positions are very prestigious. As ambassadors and stewards of the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Royalty will represent the University on campus and at a variety of external events such as the State Fair. Court Members also participate in various competitions in the months leading up to Homecoming for a chance to win the Royalty title. The opportunity to serve as the University’s ambassadors of school spirit and pride is very rewarding. The two students who win the Royalty title will also be rewarded with a scholarship!

Being crowned as Royalty allows you to embody the true meaning of a being Gopher: a student who respectfully represents the University’s values, connects with the diverse members of the University community, and has excellent school pride.

Interested in becoming royal? Apply here!

Know someone who’d make a great fit for Royalty? Send us a nomination at!

Meet the 2016 Royals

2016 Homecoming King | Ethan Dado

Hey Gophers! My name is Ethan Dado and it was a honor to be selected as the 2016 Homecoming King! Currently, I am a Junior at the University of Minnesota studying Agricultural Education and Animal Science with goals to become a high school Agricultural Education Teacher. Homecoming was a great week spent meeting many new Gophers attending great events and most importantly, sharing our Gopher Spirit. Being on Homecoming Court was a fun yet rewarding process and was a week I will never forget. I would encourage everyone to apply for an opportunity to have a week of fun, meeting some fantastic people, while sharing your Gopher Pride!

2016 Homecoming Queen | Priyanka Shah

Hello! My name is Priyanka Shah and I will be graduating in May 2017 with a degree in Finance and International Business and a minor in Risk Management Insurance. Starting in June I will be working in the Business Intelligence department of Travelers Insurance in Saint Paul full time. It's been an absolute honor to represent this school as the Homecoming Queen. Running and campaigning not only introduced me to a lot of new people and places on campus, but solidified friendships and connections I had already made. Without the support of your friends, family and school, it is hard to be successful. So to see that exemplified in a different another new aspect of my life was amazing. I think in general, it gave me a deeper appreciation for the people in my life and my college experience. I would recommend this fun experience for anyone who genuinely loves this school and wants to be more involved in activities that touch a variety of student groups, colleges, and people in general.