Student Life

Student Life is here for you, ready and eager to help all students get the most out of their experiences at our great university and make Michigan home. With Student Life, you can find your own niche on campus; connect with students within or beyond your residence hall, organization, or academic program; get involved in student organizations, leadership opportunities, and campus jobs and internships; and choose the housing and dining and living options that work best for you. 

Not sure where to start? Get in touch. We are here to help. 

Canopy Information, Locations & Guidelines

Reservable Event Canopies

For one year only and during pandemic recovery, Campus is making available canopies to specifically support U-M outdoor events. The event canopies are available for U-M student organizations, departments, and U-M sponsored organizations to support the vibrancy of campus. Canopies are unfurnished, and event organizers are responsible for all vendor coordination (e.g. furniture rental, event set-up, and trash coordination) based on the needs of their individual events. Reservations are required, and events are to be coordinated with Facilities & Operations Outdoor Events (Central Campus canopy location) or the Center for Campus Involvement (North Campus canopy location).

Event Canopy Locations & Information:

Open for Event Reservations April 2, 2022 - Oct 27, 2022
North Campus - Gerstacker Grove
Size: 30x75
For reservations and general use rules: Center for Campus Involvement
Central Campus - Ingalls Mall North (between the Alumni Center and the Michigan League)
Size: 60x120
For reservations and general rules: Facilities & Operations

Information updated March 11, 2022

Student Mental Health Innovative Approaches Review Committee Report - August 2021

A committee of deans, faculty, and staff across U-M Academic Affairs and Student Life areas released a new report that outlines a comprehensive approach for transforming how the health and wellbeing needs of students can be holistically addressed on the Ann Arbor campus.

Last spring, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Susan M. Collins and Vice President for Student Life Martino Harmon tasked the 12-member Student Mental Health Innovative Approaches Review Committee with exploring and recommending holistic, innovative approaches to addressing student mental health and well-being. The group—co-chaired by Dean of Students Laura  Blake Jones and Senior Vice Provost Amy Dittmar—examined current resources at U-M as well as convened a series of town hall meetings and outreach sessions to solicit the input of students, faculty and staff across campus.

In August 2021, the committee released its recommendations, which span four broad themes of recommended areas of strategic and innovative change—each with its own series of supporting  recommendations.

View the full PDF Report

Student Life Outcomes Report 2020-2021

"It is exciting to have these stories to tell, stories about how we didn’t lose our core work or our strategic priorities amid the pandemic. We simply learned how to do it differently."

- Martino Harmon, Vice President for Student Life

In August 2021, the Division of Student Life published the first-ever Student Life Outcomes Report for the University of Michigan. This detailed analysis of Student Life's work during the 2020-21 academic year was prepared by the Student Life Research and Communications, Marketing, and Design teams with input from staff throughout the division. The report uses a wide range of stories of divisional efforts and outcomes to paint a comprehensive picture of how Student Life adapted and innovated new ways of serving students while maintaining its commitment to its mission during an atypical year.

View the full PDF Report

2022 Graduation Ceremonies & Celebrations

Congratulations, graduates, families, and loved ones! We are honored to celebrate this momentous achievement with you in many ways and many places on campus and virtually this year. 

Events shown here may be ticketed or entry by invitation only. Please check with the respective event organizers for questions about specific event details. 

Sunlit Graduation Cap

ODEI and Student Life Release Statement on War in Ukraine

In response to the war in Ukraine, Dr. Robert Sellers, Vice Provost for Equity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer, and Dr. Martino Harmon, Vice President for Student Life, have released a joint statement in support of those who are impacted by these ongoing events. Read the full statement on the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion website. 


Dr. Connie Tingson Gatuz named Associate Vice President for Student Development, Learning, and Social Change Education

The Division of Student Life at the University of Michigan is committed to facilitating student learning and the development of the whole student. To this end, Student Life is pleased to announce that Dr. Connie Tingson Gatuz has accepted the Associate Vice President for Student Development, Learning, and Social Change Education position. Her appointment was approved by the Board of Regents on February 17, 2022.

Portrait photo of Dr. Connie Tingson Gatuz

Holiday Hours

Holiday Hours for the Office of the Vice President for Student Life 

Friday, December 24 – Sunday, January 2:

  • OVPSL will be closed for the Winter Holidays. We will reopen with staff members in office at 8 a.m. on Monday, January 3, 2022. Messages left over the holiday will be responded to on Monday, January 3, 2022.

If you have an emergency, please contact the University of Michigan Police Department at 734-763-1131

Three U-M students throw snowballs amid a flurry of light snow in the courtyard of North Quad.

Celebrate Responsibly this Weekend


Dear Students:

It is that time of year again: Michigan vs Michigan State football, and this year the rivalry game also coincides with Halloween. As our teams meet this weekend -- both with undefeated records -- we ask that you honor our 114-year-old historic rivalry by showing civility and respect for each other. 

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