Parents and Families


Securing Off-Campus Homes during Break

As your student packs up for Thanksgiving or winter break, encourage them to think about how to safely secure their residence before they leave Ann Arbor.

Campus Security

Student Perspective: What We Need from You to Help Get Through Finals

As students find themselves in the home stretch of the semester with final projects and exams looming, they may begin feeling stressed or overwhelmed. After polling some current U-M students about what they would want their parents and families to know about supporting them through finals, there were four resounding themes that we heard.

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Solutions to Fund Student Travel

If your student had eight months and $20,000 to travel the world, develop entirely new perspectives, and change their life, where would they go? Read about the Bonderman Fellowship and other ways to fund your student’s travel experience!

U-M Student Travel, Bonderman Fellowship

Parent to Parent - The Important Role of Casting a Ballot

Earlier this month at the New Student Convocation ceremony, U-M President Schlissel reminded students: "Decisions are made by those who show up. Get out and vote in November." Are you talking with your student about the importance of voting this year? 

Vote November 8, 2016

Making Connections with the University Career Center

Fall semester has begun and it's time for students to get started on achieving their career goals. You can try these conversation starters to help your student learn about and use the extensive resources available through the University Career Center.

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Parent to Parent

There is a common list of important things new families need to know before their student arrives on campus: tools for academic success, information about housing, health and safety resources, and details on academic programs. We want to know if there are other questions on your mind. What else do you feel is important for parents to know? Share your thoughts here.

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Our Time with your Student

For parents, this time of year has an excitement all its own: soon, the academic year will end, and your students might be returning home -- if only for a brief stop before further adventures over the summer. If this is your student's first year at U-M, it can be a particularly keen feeling. Having spent the academic year trying to support them from afar, what will it be like when they're back under your roof?

E. Royster Harper

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