Parents and Families

Theme Communities Enhance Campus Experience

Next year your student has the opportunity to enhance their college experience by living within one of the many Theme Communities offered via Michigan Housing. As part of the University’s Living-Learning programs, theme communities are an opportunity to explore and experience college life with other students who share your students’ interests. Some communities encompass a floor, some encompass an entire hall, but all of them will help your student connect with peers, mentors and campus resources.

Applications for the Theme Community experience open on February 1, 2021, and close on May 5. 


Study Spaces at U-M

The University is committed to helping your student succeed during this unprecedented, challenging academic year.  To support students on campus, the University has a web-based space reservation system called Study Spaces at U-M available that helps your student find and reserve designated individual study spaces, computer stations, a space to take a remote class, or just a dedicated quiet touchdown spot between classes.

Study Spaces

MLK Symposium, Community Service Events

On January 18, your student can be involved in one of the largest University celebrations honoring the life and work of Dr. King. The 2021 Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium, “Where Do We Go From Here?”, takes place on Monday, January 18, 2021 from 10 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. (EST).


Be ResponsiBLUE  

The University is using a mobile app, called ResponsiBLUE, to keep the university healthy and reduce the spread of COVID-19 by requiring  everyone entering buildings on campus to complete a daily symptom check. If your student is returning to campus for Winter Term, they are expected to use this app daily. 

Screen Check

Protocols for Housing this Winter

If your student returned to the Housing community for the Winter semester, it is important to note that the university has three public health-informed requirements for all students in residence halls for the Winter 2021 semester: an nfluenza vaccination,  a COVID-19 test prior to arrival, and a mandatory weekly COVID-19 test.


Back-to-Campus? Here’s a Pre-arrival Checklist

If your student is returning to the University of Michigan campus for the Winter semester, here’s a pre-arrival checklist to make sure your students is COVID compliant and staying as safe as possible.

COVID Sampling

A COVID Update

Dear Parents and Families,

Happy New Year, and welcome to 2021 at the University of Michigan. 

Earlier today, your student received this emailed update announcement from University of Michigan President Mark S. Schlissel. As we prepare for the start of the winter semester, the information in this email will help you and your student start the year with the most up-to-date information on current protocols, procedures and opportunities to make it a safe, positive experience. 

To stay up-to-date throughout the week, you may also view the Campus Maize and Blueprint site.  

A COVID Update

Dear Parents and Families,

Today University of Michigan leaders provided a weekly update to the campus community regarding current campus conditions, measures taken to address the pandemic and responses to questions. 

This week's briefing included a discussion on teaching, including lessons learned from the fall, ideas for engaging students, and classroom innovations and challenges. Academic leaders at U-M have examined student feedback and have worked to improve the learning experience in a number of ways.

Earlier today, your student received this emailed update announcement, which includes a link to the Weekly COVID-19 Briefing. President Mark S. Schlissel, Provost Susan M. Collins, Vice President for Student Life Martino Harmon, and Chief Health Officer Preeti Malani, who is a physician and professor of medicine in U-M's Division of Infectious Diseases, participate in each briefing. 

To stay up-to-date throughout the week, you may also view the Campus Maize and Blueprint site.