Parents and Families


Your student is starting a brand new chapter of life. They’ll be navigating a new environment and transitioning into college. Resources are here for them!

Required Programs for Incoming Students
To assist your student in their transition to University of Michigan, all first-year students are required to participate in Community Matters programs. Your student is receiving invitations to complete these courses:


  • AlcoholEdu
  • Sexual Assault Prevention for Undergraduates
  • Staying Healthy in a Changing Environment for Students on Campus


  • Community Matters: A Virtual Guide for Real Relationships

These programs are designed to support your student in developing skills that help foster safe and healthy communities. Your student will receive emails and reminder emails inviting them to participate in the courses. You can find more information about them on the First Year Experience website

Making the Most of Michigan

In ALA 171: Making the Most of Michigan, your student will learn how to navigate all of the academic and professional resources the University of Michigan has to offer to be successful at Michigan and beyond. 

The course is taught fully online in small groups.  It emphasizes:

  •  connecting in-class and out-of-class experiences, 
  •  identifying and setting short-term and long-term goals, and
  •  utilizing social and intellectual diversity to become self-directed learners and leaders. 

Registering is simple! Course size is limited to 200, and will take approximately 2 hours to complete. Your student can ask about "ALA 171: Making the Most of Michigan" when they meet virtually with their academic advisors at orientation.

Take a look at the Course Guide for information on course times.