Parents and Families


Message from the Vice President

After the emotional highs of exams, moving out, commencement ceremonies, and saying farewell to students heading out for the summer or off to a new life adventure, you might think that the University collectively exhales and relaxes for the next few months.  Not really.

E. Royster Harper

Message From the Vice President

One of the aspects of student life at U-M that constantly inspires me is the depth and breadth of activities that students undertake in service to others.  With all their commitments to learning and research, our students seem to have a tremendous capacity to give of their time and energies for the benefit of other people, communities and global issues.

E. Royster Harper

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

Giving Opportunities

Private financial support helps ensure that Student Life is capable of continuing its work shaping leaders and fostering the development of the whole student. Through our programs, services, facilities and partnerships, we facilitate student transformation and enrich the education of every student, every day.

Paul and Amy Blavin

Message from the Vice President

The holiday break can be something of an adjustment for many parents. Disappointing to those whose students don’t travel home for Thanksgiving, great anticipation for those who will be seeing their students for the first time since the school year started. For the students who remain in Ann Arbor, it’s an opportunity to rest, socialize with friends, and to have some quiet study time. Yet, they also would welcome a good conversation from the family at home, to keep in touch and share their thoughts and feelings.

Vice President Royster Harper

Surprise Your Student From Afar

As you send your student off, be sure to remember that no matter how far away you are you can still show you are thinking about them! University Unions offers a care package website where you can order balloon bouquets, snack bags and other edible gifts online and have them delivered around campus by U-M students. Perfect for Welcome to Michigan, Birthdays, Fuel for Finals, Good Luck, Get Well or just to show you care!

Carepackage gift

From the Vice President for Student Life

When U.S. News & World Report this year again cited the University of Michigan as one of the nation’s best universities, it included two distinctive observations. U-M faculty were noted as having “an unusual commitment to undergraduate teaching.” In my day-to-day experiences with deans and professors and directors of academic programs, it is very evident that we have great teachers here – and consequently, great learners. 



Welcome from the Vice President for Student Life

Whether your student is embarking on the first year of his journey at the University of Michigan, or she is returning for her senior year, the separation from home is bittersweet.  Along with the pride in growing independent is the anxiety of letting go – feelings shared by both the parent and the student.


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