Parents and Families

Our Time with Your Student

What experiences and perspectives do your students bring to our community? How will their backgrounds and opinions enrich our campus and our world? And how can you as a parent or family member support them in an exciting and challenging campus climate that can include difficult, even uncomfortable discourse?

Vice President E. Royster Harper

Michigan Dining Meal Plans

Your students are here and they are hungry. 

Michigan Dining is well equipped to handle thousands of hungry students on their way to class, the gym, a student organization meeting and, yes those just rolling out of bed.  With seven dining halls and dozens of cafes and shops around campus, you can rest assured that your student won't go hungry.

South Quad 24 Carrots station


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

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