FAQs

How can I communicate with my student during Orientation?

Students have an extremely busy orientation schedule. We recommend that families communicate with their students after orientation sessions are over in the evening (around 9:00 p.m.). The most common way to communicate at orientation is via cell phone or text messaging, but students will be prevented from using these devices while orientation sessions are in progress. Students typically check their messages during lunch and dinner breaks. 

Will we have any joint programs with the students?

There is a bit of program overlap on the morning of day two for the Academics at Michigan. Family members and students are encouraged to sit together should they both desire. However, parents and family members do not accompany their students once the two programs split.

May we attend Parent & Family Orientation at a different time 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 Parent & Family Orientation at any time during the summer. 

However, families attending a Parent & Family orientation program that does not begin on the same day as their student's program may not be able to visit their student's academic School/College.

In addition, if you choose to attend the Fall Parent & Family Orientation program on Wednesday, August 30, this program is not identical to the Parent & Family Orientation programs offered during summer orientation.

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 summer orientation program only.

Where may we park during the Orientation program?

We strongly recommend using the parking structure located at 650 S. Forest Street between Hill Street and S. University Avenue. Parking in this structure allows you to park all day, preventing the need to monitor a parking meter all day long. You will take a ticket when you enter the structure and pay the total fee when you leave. Be sure to retain your parking stub. Rates are $1.20/hour (subject to change), except during Art Fair. 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 Parent & Family Orientation?

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

May we eat in a residence hall during the program?

A catered breakfast and lunch on Day 1 are provided for you as part of the Freshman Parent & Family Orientation Program and are included in the fee. Dinner on Day 1 and all meals on Day 2 are your own responsibility. If you would like to eat in the residence hall, the East Quad dining hall accepts debit and credit cards upon entry. 

How many families attend Parent & Family Orientation?

About 50-60% of freshmen have family members that attend Parent & Family Orientation. Typically, families that are sending their first student to Michigan attend the program. However all families of new Michigan students are welcome to attend.

May we be with our student when he/she registers for classes?

No, students will register for classes with the help of the professional academic advisors. Course selection and registration provides an important opportunity for students to build a relationship with their academic advisors. We ask that parents and family members allow students to register on their own with the help of the advisors.

I'm a Michigan alum. Should I attend Parent & Family Orientation?

At Parent & Family Orientation, you will learn about resources, programs, and policies that can help your student throughout the undergraduate years. You will also learn about what to expect during your student's freshman year at Michigan, have the opportunity to talk with current U-M undergraduates about their experiences, and meet other parents and family members sending a student off to college. Most alumni/alumnae are often surprised by how much they learn at Parent & Family Orientation, and may not have realized how much the University has changed since their own time as a student. Parent & Family Orientation is recommended for all families, but of course this is an optional program, and the choice to attend is a personal one. 

I'm from the Ann Arbor area. Should I attend Parent & Family Orientation?

At Parent & Family Orientation, you will learn about resources, programs, and policies that can help your student throughout the undergraduate years. You will also learn about what to expect during your student's freshman year at Michigan, have the opportunity to talk with current U-M undergraduates about their experiences, and meet other parents and family members sending a student off to college. Most members of the Ann Arbor community, including faculty and staff members at the University, are often surprised by how much they learn at Parent & Family Orientation. Parent & Family Orientation is recommended for all families, but of course this is an optional program, and the choice to attend is a personal one. 

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Where can I get a copy of the LSA Parent & Family Orientation advising presentation?

You can download a PDF file of the LSA academic advising presentation for Parent & Family Orientation by clicking here. In addition, the LSA "Connecting to Careers" graphic can be viewed more closely here