Parents and Families

Never Too Soon to Think About Spring Break!

A growing number of Michigan students choose to pursue Spring Break activities that have a deep impact and enrich their learning. Student Life offers a variety of service, leadership, and recreational opportunities during Spring Break.

A participant of Alternative Spring Break reads to elementary school students.

Take the Stress Out of Move-In

Even if it's not officially marked, Move-In is one of the biggest days on the calendar, for your family, your students, and the staff of Student Life alike. If you've done it before, you've had a glimpse of just how much happens over a few days, as the streets of Ann Arbor fill with students, parents, and beanbag chairs, crisscrossing town. If this year will be your first, you're probably deep into planning and wondering if there are any tricks.


Keeping Campus Safe & Secure

Sending your student off to college can be filled with much emotion.  The anticipation of the unknown may leave some parents thinking, "what will they do without us?"

Campus pathways lit up at night

New Scholarship Inspired by a Student's Service

Many students find their home away from home at U-M by getting involved with Student Life programs. But not all of them choose to give back by creating a new scholarship opportunity for future Michigan students!

Alum Shuyi Li revisits the center of the UM diag in the spring


Have a Wonderful Summer!

The folks at U-M Student Life wish you and yours a delightful, rejuvenating, and safe summer season. 

Many parents and families like to visit Ann Arbor in the summer months. Here's a suggestion from one Michigan Family:

We are kicking off summer with a visit to....Ann Arbor! Since our student is doing an on-campus internship this summer, we will miss seeing her at home in California. We are looking forward to trying some new restaurants in town, and taking some side trips in Michigan, a great state!

If you're also planning to visit Ann Arbor, don't miss U-M's Nichols Arboretum. Here's an enjoyable video of a sunny summer day in the Arb from the U-M Alumni Association designed to inspire happy memories of Michigan, whether you're a new graduate, alumni, or parents or family members of current students.

Have a wonderful summer! And we'll be here in Ann Arbor getting ready for academic year 2014-2015.

 

To help Student Life continue making a difference in students' lives, please consider making a gift.

Royster Harper and students at a Detroit reception

Congratulations UM Debate!

Some great, breaking news – Juniors Ellis Allen and Alex Pappas of the UM Debate Team won second place at the 2014 National Debate Tournament. UM Debate takes 2nd place at the National Tournament, 2014!

Ellis Allen & Alex Pappas, UM Debate

Move-Out, Recycling and Reuse

Residence Hall Move-Out will begin in the last days of April as students complete their exams, and continue until May 1 when the residence halls close at 11 a.m. And each year Move-Out presents a shining moment in the University’s recycling and reuse campaign with students.

Move-Out recycling

A Spring Break to Remember

As arctic temperatures embrace Ann Arbor, students have started to count down the days until spring break (March 1-9, 2014) for a respite from studying and possibly even from the winter weather. But whether your student’s plans include a service learning trip, skiing the Rockies, travel to an exotic beach, or just hanging out in Ann Arbor, it can be seen as a time for wild behavior as a rite of passage. And this can create safety concerns.

school in the winter

Academic Advising Helps Students Find Their Place

Is your student feeling overwhelmed by the sheer number of choices and opportunities at Michigan? Are they undecided about what to major in? Or maybe they’re looking for programs to enrich their field of study (that also look great on a resume). Maybe it’s time for a visit with an academic advisor.

hall way

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