Parents and Families

Parent to Parent - Empty Nest?

Last edition we asked parents: How did you cope when your first or only child left for U-M?  What helped with the transition?  What would you like to share with other first-time U-M parents? Here are some helpful suggestions and experiences from other Michigan parents and families.

A pair of University of Michigan Parents

CAPS Reports Latest Findings of Student Mental Health Survey

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) has completed a report on the results of the third phase of its College Student Mental Health Survey.  The survey is a long-term project undertaken by CAPS, a unit within the Student Life, to describe, inform, and extend knowledge and understanding of college student mental health. 


Building a Better Student Experience

The Student Life supports every aspect of student life through its services, programs and facilities.  Integral to the programs and services that develop the "whole" student, these facilities provide the connections students need for academic, personal and social support.  Additionally, student life facilities provide positive and memorable campus experiences.

Intermurals Building

The Michigan Difference: A Mother’s Perspective

Recently, I have been introduced to U-M's Collegiate Recovery Program (CRP) which provides support for U-M students that are in recovery from substance abuse. My family has contributed funds and my husband and I are now involved in trying to raise awareness about the important work that CRP is doing.

Dad: Gene Goldberg, Mom: Amy Lazarus and their sons Ben, who is a senior at John

Armstrong Scholarship

The Armstrong Scholarship was established in 2011 by the parents of Chris Armstrong, the first openly gay student-elected president of the Michigan Student Assembly, now called the Central Student Government.  The scholarship was set up in his name to help teenagers who face bullying attend the university.

The Armstrong family

Parent to Parent

Last edition we asked parents: "What suggestions would you have for other parents to help their students start planning now for the summer?  How can parents help students choose whether to enroll in classes, pursue an internship, travel abroad for academic or career interests, or get a jump on a good summer job?"


U of M parents at orientation

The Wellness Zone

Past the constant ringing of the phones at the front desk and students coming and going from their appointments, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) has transformed one of its rooms into a stress-free zone in which students can immerse themselves.

Michigan Union

Alternative Spring Break

It’s spring break time again, and we’re wishing all our students a safe, relaxing, fun and invigorating break from classes and campus.  Some U-M students will be participating in the Alternative Spring Break (ASB), a service learning program sponsored by the Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning through the SERVE office. Each year, approximately 400 students travel by road to 25 to 30 sites across the United States to engage in meaningful action and to seek understanding of the root causes of social issues. 

Student plays basketball with child

Over Break, Students Encouraged to Continue to Stay in the Blue

As many students prepare to travel during the week-long spring break later this month, officials with the university’s Stay in the Blue campaign are reminding students to be safe and legal while traveling and urging parents to reaffirm their expectations for their students.

Desmond Howard stays in the blue