Intro to designing conference posters

A guide to help students design effective conference posters using PowerPoint or Google Slides.

Before printing

First, decide where you want to have your poster printed. The table below can help you find a location near campus if you don't already have a place in mind. Once you've decided where you will have your poster printed, and find out if they have any size or file type requirements or limitations (e.g. do they want a PDF file? JPG file? certain dimensions?). 

Printing for Undergraduate Spring Symposium (UROP)

Printing Your Poster at the Map Library in Wilson Library - Spring 2024

For UMTC students, you may print your poster for free by submitting it to the Map library in Wilson Library. Posters must be submitted by 9 a.m. on Wednesday, April 10 to be printed for free. Posters submitted after the deadline will not be printed.

Posters printed at the Map Library will be printed up to 36" x 48". Posters must be submitted in PDF format and will be printed at the size the PDF file indicates. Please submit your printing early. Students will need to pick up their poster after they receive an email notification that the poster is ready.

To learn more and submit go to and click on "printing your poster." 

Printing locations

Service Location(s) Price(s) 36" x 48" 36" x 56"
Check with college/department first        
University Imaging Center Jackson Hall (Minneapolis)
Snyder Hall (St. Paul
$6.00 / ft² $72 $84
U of M Printing Services Coffman Union
Social Sciences Tower
St. Paul Student Center
Mayo Building
$8 / ft² $96.77 $144.25
FedEx Office 612 Washington Avenue SE
(Stadium Village)
$7.25 / ft² $87 $101.35
Spoonflower (print on fabric) online Starts at
$15.57 / yd


Oversized posters

PowerPoint allows for a maximum of 56" for page setup. For a larger poster:

  • Set your poster size at half (1/2) your final size
  • Have it printed at 200% magnification

For example, if you set your poster for 47" x 21" and print it at 200% magnification, then your final poster size will be 94" x 42".

Last Updated: Feb 21, 2024 2:34 PM