Parents and Families

Blue circular logo with text "Welcome Home"

Each fall, our campus community hosts a collaboration of events and activities to both welcome our new students to U-M, their home-away-from-home, and help them make a successful transition to the university community. 

We designed these events and activities—collectively known as our “Welcome to Michigan” program—with your student in mind: we expose our newest Wolverines to our traditions and values, and introduce them to campus resources and spaces. Most importantly, these on-campus events offer students an opportunity to build social connections within their communities.

We know that many students were unable to participate in our typical Welcome to Michigan experience in 2020 due to Covid-19, which is why we have introduced new programs exclusively for our second-year students. In addition, we will host some of our most popular events—such as Festifall, our student organization involvement fair—on multiple dates to better meet students' schedules.

The pandemic challenged each of us in unique ways. New for this year, we have created a space specifically for the families, loved ones and other people in the lives of our newest Wolverines who supported and cheered them on to U-M. Stop by one of our recurring Parent & Family Receptions to connect and interact with campus leaders.

Below are the many ways your student can take advantage of our “Welcome to Michigan” program, and they can always find the most up-to-date information on the "Welcome to Michigan" app.

Friday, August 27

  • Traditions & Tours | 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, Central Campus 
  • Parent & Family Reception | 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Central & North Campuses 
  • Outdoor Movies | 8:00 pm, Central & North Campuses

Saturday, August 28

  • Traditions & Tours | 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, Central Campus 
  • Parent & Family Reception | 11:00 am - 1:00 pm, Central & North Campuses 
  • Sophomore Celebration | 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm, Ingalls Mall 
  • Artscapade | 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm, UMMA

Sunday, August 29

  • New Student Convocation | 4:30 pm, Michigan Stadium
  • Post Convocation Picnic | 5:45 pm, Central Campus 

Monday, August 30

  • Ask Me Info Stations | various locations
  • Party for Your Mind | 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Libraries 

Tuesday, August 31

  • Ask Me Info Stations | various locations
  • Festifall - North | 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm, North Campus

Wednesday, September 1

  • Festifall - Central | 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Central Campus
  • Transfer Reception | 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm, Michigan League

Thursday, September 2

  • Festifall - Central | 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Central Campus
  • Athletics Pep Rally |  8:00 pm, doors open at 7:15 pm, Michigan Stadium

Friday, September 3

  • Rec Sports Expo | 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm, Palmer Field 
  • Escapade | 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm, Michigan Union

Saturday, September 4

  • Go Blue Mix! | 8:00 pm - 12:00 am (Midnight), Outdoors - Central Campus 

Sunday, September 5

  • Traditions & Tours | 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, Central Campus 
  • Class of 2025 Photo | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm, Palmer Field
  • Pride Outside | 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm, Palmer Field
  • Taste of Michigan | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm, Palmer Field
  • Neighborhood Gatherings | Time TBD, Local Parks

Monday, September 6

  • Residence Hall Association (RHA) Presents: After Class Bash | 1:00 pm - 4 pm, Palmer Field 

Friday, September 10

  • UMix Late Night | 9:00 pm - 12:00 am (Midnight), Central Campus Diag

Friday, September 24

  • UMix Late Night | 8:00 pm - 12:00 am (Midnight), Central Campus Diag

More "Welcome to Michigan" events can be found on the Office of New Student Programs website, the Happening @ Michigan Events Calendar or by downloading the "Welcome to Michigan" app.  

Students who download and use the Michigan Orientation app will receive an automatic update with "Welcome to Michigan" information in mid-August. Apps are available on the App Store and Google Play.  


Other Dates and Deadlines

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