Parents and Families

Our time with your student

Fall 2022 is upon us, and I am beyond excited to welcome you and your student to campus. A question I often get from parents and families is “What can I do to support my student when they’re away from home?”

As a parent myself, I understand the worry that can come with sending your student to college. When my daughters went off to college, I knew I couldn't be involved in every aspect of their student experience. Still, I didn’t hold myself back from encouraging them to get involved. 

That’s what I encourage you to do now. When you talk with your student, either during move-in or in the weeks and months of the Fall semester, encourage them to join clubs, get connected with their residence hall communities, find an on-campus job, and sign up for a Recreational Sports fitness class—anything that expands their horizons, who they know, and what they think they can do. 

A second and no less important thing that you can do is to talk to them about the importance of their role in a large, shared community. Our community is full of people of diverse backgrounds, beliefs, orientations, and aspirations. This is a beautiful opportunity for your student to learn and connect with their peers, and it is everyone’s individual responsibility to respect and foster this community. 


Navigating COVID-19 on campus

The University of Michigan recently shared with your Wolverine updates to both its COVID-19 testing requirements and Vax Viewer, a tool that allows campus community members to submit and view the status of their COVID-19 vaccination information all in one place. Read on for the latest campus community expectations around COVID-19 vaccinations, face coverings on campus, and quarantine and isolation housing.


Helping your student protect themselves against monkeypox

Earlier this month, your Wolverine received information from U-M Chief Health Officer Robert D. Ernst about the monkeypox virus (MPV) ahead of the fall 2022 term. Working closely with the Washtenaw County Health Department, U-M’s Public Health Response team has been closely monitoring the evolving situation with MPV and its potential impact on the U-M community. Read on for what you and your Wolverine need to know about MPV. 


Dining Updates: Fall 2022 term

If you or your Wolverine are looking for a quick bite to eat while finishing moving room furnishings, consider a stop in one of Michigan Dining’s seven residential dining halls: Bursley, East Quad, Markley, Mosher-Jordan, North Quad, South Quad and Twigs. As part of extending a warm welcome to you as part of our Michigan family, Michigan Dining is offering complimentary entry for students and their helpers during move-in.

Read on to discover Dining's move-in hours of operation and where your hungry Wolverine can view M Dining locations' most up-to-date hours of operation, menus and current capacity while on the go this academic year.


Making the Most of Michigan!

Your Michigan student is starting a brand new chapter of their life. They’ll be navigating a different place and transitioning into college, and there are resources available to help! In ALA 171: Making the Most of Michigan, your student will learn how to navigate all of the academic and professional resources the University of Michigan has to offer to help them be successful in all of their future endeavors.


A sweet surprise

Michigan Dining is offering parents, families and supporters of Wolverines a new way to send sweet relief throughout the academic year. Surprise your student with a SnackMagic box! With a wide variety of products, including pre-assembled themed boxes, and countless ways to customize, help fuel your student’s success.


Tuition insurance available for the 2022-23 academic year

The cost of tuition can be substantial, and students may need to withdraw from a term due to an injury, illness, or flare-up of a chronic condition. The U-M Tuition Insurance Plan is a voluntary insurance available to all Ann Arbor students, including in-state and out-of-state undergraduate, graduate and professional students. The tuition insurance significantly extends the university’s withdrawal policy and can help to pay back loans, grants, and scholarships, and can help students continue their education at a later time.

The Fall/Winter coverage purchase deadline is Sept. 9, 2022. Additional details are available on the University Health Service website.


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.


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.


Convenient walk-in clinics offering COVID-19, flu vaccines

Throughout the month of September, your student can grab a bite to eat and a shot to help ward off the seasonal flu or protect against COVID-19. University Health Service (UHS) is partnering with Michigan Dining and Walgreens to host walk-in clinics offering the flu vaccine, COVID booster, and COVID full dose (both Pfizer and Moderna will be available). Entry to the dining halls is not required to attend a clinic. No appointment needed. Read on for the full list of September dates—and be sure to share with your Wolverine to help them feeling their best! 


Experience the sights, sounds of U-M during Parents & Family Weekend

An annual tradition, Parent and Family Weekend festivities offer parents, families and loved ones an opportunity to explore campus and the greater Ann Arbor area alongside their Wolverine. This year, Parent and Family Weekend takes place during Homecoming weekend, which is sure to bring an added dose of “Go Blue” energy! 

While registration is now closed for this year’s event, read on to discover the wealth free, non-ticketed events that can  immerse the family in our campus culture.


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.


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.


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.


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