Parents and Families

Meet the University of Michigan’s 15th President: Dr. Santa J. Ono

Dear Parents and Families,

For more than 200 years, the University of Michigan has been a leader in research, learning and teaching. Today, the University of Michigan’s Board of Regents voted Dr. Santa J. Ono, an accomplished biomedical researcher and president and vice-chancellor of the University of British Columbia, as the 15th president of the University of Michigan.

Dr. Ono, who previously served as the president of the University of Cincinnati and senior vice-provost and deputy to the provost at Emory University, will officially step into the U-M role effective Oct. 13. To learn more about today’s exciting announcement, we encourage you to visit the president-elect announcement page.

Throughout his career as an educator, researcher and university administrator, Dr. Ono has distinguished himself as a thoughtful innovator, an adept communicator and a leader with a proven track record of meeting the most pressing challenges facing higher education.

We recognize the immense trust you and your Wolverine place in us to educate, support and empower those who choose to Go Blue. During the university’s comprehensive national search for our next leader, we heard from many members of our community, including our Wolverines’ parents, families and loved ones. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and expectations—and for being a part of this process.

Important Updates related to COVID-19

Dear U-M student family member,
We want to provide important updates that have been shared directly with your student
related to COVID-19. We also want to assure you U-M health professionals are actively
monitoring the rapidly changing developments, and making appropriate recommendations
to promote a safe and healthy environment for your student.

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Important Dates to Remember

As the Fall term begins in a matter of days, you may want to pencil in some of these important upcoming dates and events to help stay connected with your Wolverine.

Campus Jobs: The shortest commute on campus

Campus jobs offer flexible schedules and convenient locations all across campus that mesh with students' schedules, helping redefine what it means to work from home. Learn more about opportunities available for your Wolverine to join the Michigan Housing or Michigan Dining teams and gain valuable time-management skills.

Get ready for the 2022 night game at the Big House

On Sept. 10, the lights will turn on in Michigan Stadium—more commonly known as the Big House amongst our Wolverine faithful—for Michigan Football’s game against the University of Hawaii. Night games in the Big House often are among the most memorable football fan experiences that Wolverines can have—and we want those memories to be good ones.

The Family Matters editorial staff are sharing tips for making football weekends—and every weekend—fun, festive, and free from harm.

Your student’s life Beyond the Diag

Is your student living in an off-campus apartment this year? If so, you might want to encourage them to look into renter’s insurance. Read on to learn how renter’s insurance can provide your student with a layer of protection in the event of an unexpected event and tips to help you support your Wolverine in their insurance search.

Does your student need health insurance?

The University of Michigan encourages all students to have health insurance for life’s unexpected events. If your student needs insurance coverage, the U-M Domestic Student Health Insurance Plan (DSHIP) through Blue Care Network of Michigan has generous benefits at a very reasonable cost. Insurance cost for an individual student for the 2022-23 insurance plan year (coverage dates 8/24/22 – 8/23/23) is $2,288. Deadline for annual purchase is Sept. 30, 2022. Read on for highlights of the program.