For many students, the size and scope of the University of Michigan can be a daunting adjustment from home towns and high schools. U-M is a large and vibrant community with many diverse members and opportunities, and it can take some time to find one’s place.
Numerous studies have shown that being positively engaged on campus can help a student be more successful academically and more likely to graduate. Fortunately, there are many great resources in Student Life to help students find a sense of community and belonging.
Student-led organizations can play an important role. Getting involved helps you meet new people and find a supportive community, identify new passions, and learn valuable skills you'll use in college and beyond. The University is proud to host over 1,300 registered student organizations, covering every interest from creative and performing arts, health and wellness, religion and spirituality, to activism and service, or sports and recreation.
A great way to learn about opportunities for involvement is to browse through Festifall or Northfest, campus organization fairs in early September. Also, students can create a personal profile on Maize Pages to receive customized organization and event suggestions or search there to find specific groups of interest. In addition, the Center for Campus Involvement (CCI) is a primary go-to resource for getting involved. CCI is home to student organization registration and advising, and also the host of 300+ student events that take place throughout the academic year.
The Office of Greek Life at U-M offers interested students a way to forge lifelong friendships, develop leadership skills, and build community within the larger University. Nearly 6,000 students (roughly a quarter of U-M undergrads) take part in these social and philanthropic organizations. Many of these organizations begin recruiting membership early in the Fall.
There are also a multitude of service opportunities available for students who want to be active and engaged. A great place to start is the Edward Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning, which acts as a campus hub for volunteer and community-engaged learning opportunities, service, and social justice focused workshops and leadership development. Many students find their place on campus through the Ginsberg Center.
Engaging in positive activities with peers in and around campus will help you feel more connected and contribute to your overall success. These are but a few of the resources available through Student Life to help you find your place, your purpose, and your community at the University of Michigan. Visit our website for more ideas or information.