Parents and Families

Leadershape participants stand at the front of a room at Michigania and present to a diverse group of students sitting.

Though classes have only recently begun and the autumn leaves are still turning, many students are already exploring options and making plans for Spring Break.  University of Michigan’s Spring Break begins at close of business Friday, February 26, 2016, and classes resume on Monday, March 7. 

While some students will end up in warm climes socializing in the sunshine, a growing number of students choose to pursue activities that have a deep impact and enrich their learning. Student Life, through multiple units, offers a variety of Spring Break service, leadership, and recreational opportunities. Most require an application and spaces often fill up fast.

Alternative Spring Break

Alternative Spring Break (ASB) is a student-led service and learning initiative sponsored by the Edward Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning. More than thirty trips annually through ASB involve hundreds of students across the country, learning about and providing community service on a range of social issues. Applications for ASB are due in mid-October; the students use the time between their selection and Spring Break to build a strong team, research their issue, learn about the host community and raise money to offset trip costs.

The Michigan LeaderShape® Institute

Leadershape is an ethics-based leadership development experience coordinated by the Center for Campus Involvement. This interactive, energizing, and unique experience challenges and enhances students' perceptions and practice of leadership over six days of non-stop self-discovery. Participants learn from practical experiences that build leadership concepts and abilities. Online applications will be available soon.

Outdoor Adventures

Outdoor Adventures in Recreational Sports provides outdoor educational and recreational opportunities for all students, regardless of prior experience. They offer a variety of day and weekend trips throughout the semester and several week-long alternatives during Spring Break. Led by extensively trained staff, these trips offer unique experiences to venture off campus, learn new skills and meet new people. Destinations have not yet been announced for Spring Break, 2016, but trip offerings are updated regularly.

Additional spring break activities may be available through your student’s residence hall, academic department, or student organization; check with these organizations directly for opportunities.


Many of the programs above are supported by gifts to Student Life. To help Student Life continue making a difference in students' lives, please consider making a gift.

September 2015 Newsletter

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