Parents and Families

E. Royster Harper, VP for Student Life

With a new school year just weeks away, you and your student must be preparing for changes ahead. We are excited to have your student with us.

In the remaining weeks of summer, I hope that you can take time to enjoy and appreciate your student and this special time in their life.

Whether your student comes from Michigan or Mumbai, whether they are new to campus or a seasoned senior, the University of Michigan is honored to be their home as they learn and grow.   

Over the next few years, your student will spend a significant time here at the university. During that time, we hope you can be a part of their experience, whether through on-campus move-in, by taking part in Parents & Family Weekend, by tracking these dates to remember, learn about the various student organizations and fraternities or sororities or if they are eligible, encouraging them to vote in upcoming elections.

College is about finding intellectual interests and making friendships that can last a lifetime. It’s also about becoming leaders and citizens who will “challenge the present and enrich the future,” as U-M’s mission states. Our graduates make this world a better place, and I know you take pride and joy in that as well.

If you have questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to email us at


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