Winter Term Transfer Parent & Family Orientation

Thank you for supporting your student’s decision to continue their education at the University of Michigan. As the family member of a new transfer student, we recognize that you may have questions about the University of Michigan and what to expect regarding your student’s experience on this campus.

As a new student for the Winter Term, your student will be required to attend a Transfer Orientation Program. Transfer Orientation programs are offered in December. For most Transfer Orientation Programs, we offer a corresponding Transfer Parent & Family Orientation program to help answer your questions and provide you with helpful information that you can use as you support your student through his or her transition. The Transfer Parent & Family Orientation program is optional and about 50% of new transfer students bring a family member to Transfer Parent & Family Orientation. 

Transfer Parent & Family Orientation is a separate program from the student program. It focuses on a variety of topics of interest to parents and family members. These include money management, personal and property safety, student life, and the transfer student transition. These presentations are given by faculty and staff, and also by current University students. Click on the links at left to learn more about the Transfer Parent & Family Orientation program.

If your student is unable to attend a Transfer Orientation program in December, your student will be assigned to the Winter Orientation in January. The Winter Orientation program is a mixed program for transfers, freshmen, and international students. We are unable to provide a Transfer Parent & Family Orientation program for the January Winter Orientation. 

Orientation Invitation & Registration

Transfer Parent & Family Orientation Invitation

An invitation to attend the Transfer Parent & Family Orientation Program is mailed to your student’s permanent address.

We will begin mailing brochures in mid-November to the homes of students who have paid their $300 enrollment deposit fee.  If there are family members who do not live at the student’s permanent address who would like orientation information, please contact the Office of New Student Programs at (734) 764-6413.

Signing Up for Orientation

In addition to the brochure sent via U.S. mail to the parents and families, transfer students also receive an email message with instructions to complete the Online Orientation Information (OOI). Upon completion of the Online Orientation Information, students will be permitted to register for a Transfer Student Orientation program using Wolverine Access. At the same time, transfer students may sign up a parent or family member for the Transfer Parent & Family Orientation Program.

Since students will be responsible for signing up parents and family members, it is important to communicate in advance about orientation date preferences.

If for some reason, you are unable to attend Transfer Parent & Family Orientation on the same date as your student, or if your student has any difficulty signing you up for a Transfer Parent & Family Orientation date, we will be happy to assist you. Please call the Office of New Student Programs at (734) 764-6413 and we will register you by phone or email onsp@umich.edu

 

Walk-Ins

The Transfer Parent & Family Orientation program can usually accommodate a small number of walk-ins, but advance registration is recommended. 

Orientation Dates

Winter Term Transfer Parent & Family Orientation Programs:

If your student has been admitted for Winter Term, your student will likely attend a “Transfer Student Orientation” occurring in December.

Each of these programs has a corresponding Transfer Parent & Family Orientation program.

 

Selecting an Orientation Date

Orientation is based upon your student’s academic advising unit. This information should be listed in the first paragraph of your student’s admission letter or email. Locate your student’s academic unit listed below. Advising units only offer orientation programs on the dates listed below. Space in each program is limited and dates are subject to change, therefore the dates listed below may not be available at the time your student registers for orientation. When your student registers for orientation, they will only see open orientation dates in the Wolverine Access registration system. If your student is unable to attend one of the Transfer Orientation programs offered in December, they will be required to attend the Winter Orientation program in January. No Transfer Parent & Family Orientation program is offered during the January Winter Orientation.  

Dental Hygiene

  • December 13, 2017

Education

  • December 18, 2017

Engineering

  • December 13, 2017

Kinesiology

  • December 19, 2017

Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA)

  • December 13, 2017
  • December 14, 2017
  • December 18, 2017
  • December 19, 2017

LSA Comprehensive Studies Program

  • December 13, 2017
  • December 14, 2017
  • December 18, 2017
  • December 19, 2017

LSA Honors Program

  • December 14, 2017

LSA Residential College

  • December 13, 2017

Music, Theatre, & Dance

  • December 18, 2017
Orientation Schedule

Transfer Parent & Family Orientation Check-In

Winter Transfer Parent & Family Orientation check-in will take place from 8:00-8:30 a.m. on the 1st floor of the Michigan Union, located at 530 S. State St.  

Sample Schedule for Transfer Parent & Family Orientation

(subject to change).

  • Check In
  • Welcome & Information Session
  • Academic School/College Presentation
  • Central Campus Walking Tour
  • Campus Safety
  • Money Matters
  • Lunch on your own
  • Career Resources
  • Transfer Transition
  • Campus Resources & Services

 

Accommodations

If you need overnight accommodations, we have made arrangements with the Kensington Hotel to provide rooms for family members at a discounted rate of $86/night (+taxes) for the December Transfer Parent & Family Orientation Programs.

The Kensington Hotel is located at 3500 S. State Street, approximately 22 miles west of Detroit Metropolitan Airport and just 2 miles south of the University of Michigan near I-94.

Services and amenities include an indoor pool and whirlpool. Each room features a hair dryer, coffee maker, full-size ironing board, premium cable, 2 telephones and data ports, and complimentary high-speed internet access. Accessible rooms for people with disabilities are available. The Kensington Hotel also features a full-service restaurant and lounge, room service, pillow-top mattresses, complimentary bottled water, exercise room, bell service, business center, and sauna.

Please note that the discounted rate does not include applicable taxes and applies only to Transfer Parent and Family Orientation participants attending December orientation programs. Rooms must be reserved no later than one week in advance of your planned arrival. Reservations made less than one week before your arrival date and extended stays are subject to availability. The Office of New Student Programs is not responsible for making hotel reservations. You can make reservations by phone at (734) 761-7800, and dial option 0 for in-house reservations/front desk. Be sure to ask for the U-M Transfer Student Orientation rate when booking. 

Travel, Directions, & Parking

Travel by Car

Most families travel by car to Transfer Parent & Family Orientation. Parking is available in the Maynard Street Parking Structure, located at 324 Maynard Street. This parking structure is approximately 2 blocks from the Michigan Union. The cost is approximately $1.20/hour. We do not recommend that you park at a parking meter. Click here for a printable campus map.

From the North (Flint)

  • Take US-23 South to M-14 (exit 45)
  • Take M-14 West to Exit 3 - Downtown Ann Arbor (exit turns into Main Street)
  • Take Main Street to William (approximately 2 miles)
  • Turn left (East) on William to Maynard Street (approximately 1 mile)
  • Turn left (North) on Maynard Street. The Maynard Street parking structure is on your left.

From the East (Windsor, Detroit and Airports)

  • Take I-94 West to State Street (exit 177)
  • Turn right (North) on State Street
  • Travel approximately 3 miles to William Street.
  • Turn left on William Street. Travel one block.
  • Turn right on Maynard Street. The Maynard Street parking structure is on your left.

From the South (Toledo)

  • Take US-23 North to I-94 West (exit 35)
  • Take I-94 West to State Street (exit 177)
  • Turn right (North) on State Street
  • Travel approximately 3 miles to William Street.
  • Turn left on William Street. Travel one block.
  • Turn right on Maynard Street. The Maynard Street parking structure is on your left.

From the West (Jackson)

  • Take I-94 East to State Street (exit 177)
  • Turn left (North) on State Street
  • Travel approximately 3 miles to William Street.
  • Turn left on William Street. Travel one block.
  • Turn right on Maynard Street. The Maynard Street parking structure is on your left.

From the Maynard Street Parking Structure to the Michigan Union

  • Exit the structure via the eastern entrance on Maynard Street.
  • Walk south to William Street.
  • Turn left (east) and walk 1 block to State Street.
  • Turn right (south) and walk 1block. Michigan Union will be on your right.  

Travel by Plane

Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW) is the nearest major airport to Ann Arbor. It is located approximately 40 miles east of Ann Arbor.

There are many shuttle services and cab companies that provide door-to-door service from Detroit Metropolitan Airport to Ann Arbor. A list of these services will be available online at the Ann Arbor Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Travel by Train or Bus

Ann Arbor is accessible by both Amtrak train service and Greyhound bus. To inquire about train schedules or make reservations, you can call 800-USA-RAIL (800-872-7245) or you can book online at www.amtrak.com. The telephone number for Greyhound is 800-231-2222 or you can book online at www.greyhound.com.  For directions from the train station or bus depot to your orientation check-in location, please contact our office at (734) 764-6413.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the Transfer Parent & Family Orientation Separate from the Transfer Student Program?

Yes, the Transfer Parent & Family Orientation and the Transfer Student Orientation programs have separate itineraries. However, two of the information sessions will be joint sessions with both audiences, so you will have an opportunity during the day to connect with your student. Family members and students are encouraged to sit together should they both desire. We ask, however, that parents and family members do not accompany their students once the two programs split.

May we attend Parent & Family Orientation on a different date than our student's session?

Though most parents and family members attend Orientation at the same time as their students, we realize this is not always convenient, and parents and family members are welcome to attend Transfer Parent & Family Orientation on a different Transfer Orientation date. However, families attending a Transfer Parent & Family orientation program on a different date from their student may not be able to visit their student's academic School/College.

Are meals or beverages provided during the Transfer Parent & Family Orientation program?

In an effort to keep the program free, no meals or beverages are provided during the Transfer Parent & Family Orientation program. A lengthy lunch break will be provided, and orientation leaders will be happy to recommend popular restaurants for you to enjoy lunch on your own.

Is there housing provided during the Parent & Family Orientation program?

We cannot provide housing for parents and family members during orientation. Nearby parents and family members may commute during the program, and out of town families are responsible for their own accommodations. The Office of New Student Programs does have a block of rooms reserved for Parent & Family Orientation participants for a reduced fee at local hotels during the December orientation programs only.

Where may we park during the Orientation program?

The City of Ann Arbor has numerous meters and parking structures for use. We strongly recommend using the parking structure located at 324 Maynard St. between Liberty and William Streets. Parking in this structure allows you to park all day without feeding parking meters all day long. You will take a ticket when you enter the structure and pay the total fee when you leave. Rates are $1.20/hour (subject to change). The Office of New Student Programs is not responsible for any parking tickets acquired in Ann Arbor during Parent & Family Orientation.

What if I never received/threw out my registration materials for Transfer Parent & Family Orientation?

Call the Office of New Student Programs (734-764-6413) to receive new materials or to register by phone.

How many families attend Transfer Parent & Family Orientation?

About 50% of transfer students have family members that attend Transfer Parent & Family Orientation.

Your question not listed here?

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