Parents and Families

Our Time With Your Student

Dear Wolverine Families, 

With the new year here, MLK Day around the corner, and the new semester less than a week away, you and your students are likely wondering where winter break went (and if you find out, please tell me). For over a month, Student Life has been hard at work preparing for students to return to the physical and virtual campus. We are determined to facilitate as safe and engaging a semester as possible with snow and ice keeping us indoors during the ongoing pandemic.

Martino Harmon

Give Your Student an MGift 

Nothing sends a warm hug better than an MGift Package that says “Take A Break” from your hard work. You can send that hug to your student via more than 40 gift packages this semester, and deliver the message that you’re thinking of them. There’s a bundle for any occasion. You can also add a gift card for even more convenience that your student can use at any MDining location on campus.

MGift showtime bag

Deliver Balloons to Your Wolverine!

The Student Organization Resource Center (SORC) offers a balloon delivery service for parents and loved ones to send wishes to their University of Michigan student from afar. We have a variety of latex and mylar balloon options, including: Happy Birthday, Good Luck, Get Well Soon, Thinking of You, Congratulations and Go Blue licensed block M balloons.


Finding Community: Students Helping Students

Meeting people and growing friendships is an important part of your student’s university experience. However the COVID-19 pandemic, and its social distancing guidelines, makes those connections a challenge. 

Fortunately, Student Life’s Finding Community provides many options for getting involved either virtually or through activities with safety protocols in place. Whether your student is looking for leadership options, ways to make a difference by serving on a board, volunteering opportunities, or meeting people with similar interests, there are many opportunities for students to build relationships and contribute to the community. 


Dining Options for Students

What’s for dinner? If your student has chosen to return to campus this Winter term -- whether they live on or off campus -- the answer to that question will include many diverse options via Michigan Dining. 

The following is some need-to-know information.


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).