Parents and Families

COVID-19 vaccination requirements, face covering policy updates

Our top priority is ensuring the health and safety of our University of Michigan community. The emergence of the more highly infectious delta variant of SARS-CoV-2, the possibility of breakthrough infections, and our inability to vaccinate the young children of students and employees and those who are immunocompromised have necessitated that we strengthen our approach to keeping our community safe. 

We have summarized the recent policy changes and resources available for your student.


Dining updates: Fall 2021

Michigan Dining is planning to have all dining halls open for dine-in and will be featuring carry out service at 5 dining halls during Fall 2021, with hours still being finalized and will be published on their website by late summer. In addition, staff are continuing our work with University and Michigan Medicine experts and partners in Housing to determine safety measures that will be in place.


Housing: Fall updates

This fall, your student’s Housing experiences will more closely resemble those of a traditional semester. Read on for the most up-to-date public health guidelines for Fall 2021. We also will continue to be informed and implement safe practices as recommended by the CDC and public health guidance.


Parent & Family Opportunities This Fall

While it may be hard to believe, Move-in is just around the corner! Dropping your student off this fall may be hard after this past year but Student Life would like to invite you to two events to help ease the transition this fall; Move-In Parent & Family Receptions and Parents & Family Weekend. These two events provide a space specifically for the families, loved ones and other people in the lives of our newest Wolverines who supported and cheered them on to U-M. 

Parent Weekend Goodie Bag

"Welcome to Michigan" events

Each fall, our campus community hosts a collaboration of events and activities to both welcome our new students to U-M, their home-away-from-home, and help them make a successful transition to the university community. 

We designed these events and activities—collectively known as our “Welcome to Michigan” program—with your student in mind: we expose our newest Wolverines to our traditions and values, and introduce them to campus resources and spaces. Most importantly, these on-campus events offer students an opportunity to build social connections within their communities. 

Blue circular logo with text "Welcome Home"

Important Dates to Remember

Is your student looking forward to fall and getting involved in traditional campus activities again? Fall welcome activities and other campus traditions programs are planned to make fall a special experience. Read on for some highlights that your student can use to get the most of the campus experience, as well as new programs designed specifically for our second-year students.

Save the Date

Student Jobs on Campus

Some students (and families) worry that part-time work will detract from time needed for academics and co-curricular activities.  Student employees often note, however, that having a part-time job hones their time-management skills and helps them better allocate time appropriately for study and relaxation. 

A cafeteria worker in one of the dining halls

“Getting to Know Michigan” webinar series introduces families, students to U-M essentials

Do you have more questions about what the Fall 2021 semester will look like? Do you want to learn about student support resources on campus? Are you curious about what it means to be a U-M student? Designed for both students and families, the Getting to Know Michigan webinar series includes 25 different webinars featuring presentations and Q&A sessions with more than 20 offices on campus. All webinars—hosted by First Year Experience in partnership with the Office of New Student Programs—are posted online after they happen.


What’s New? Stay Up-to-date...

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we are committed to providing you and your student with up-to-date information on current campus life and opportunities that will make an education at U-M a safe, positive experience. These include updates on the fall—now planned to be a more traditional in-person and residential fall semester for the Ann Arbor campus—as well as vaccines, protocols and upcoming events.

If you miss any of these updates, you can view President Mark S. Schlissel’s most recent message at any time during the week. You also can stay informed on a daily basis by visiting the Campus Maize and Blueprint page.

Campus Blueprint