Fall Term Transfer Parent & Family Orientation

Thank you for supporting your student’s decision to continue his or her 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 Fall Term, your student will be required to attend a Transfer Orientation Program. Transfer Orientation programs are offered in May, July, and early August. 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 adult 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 sections below to learn more about the Transfer Parent & Family Orientation program.

If your student is unable to attend a Transfer Orientation program, or if your student’s academic school/college does not offer a Transfer Orientation program, he or she will be assigned to the Final Fall Orientation program. The Final Fall Orientation program is a mixed program for transfers, freshmen, and international students. Click on the “Final Fall Orientation” section below to learn more about the corresponding Fall Parent & Family Orientation program. 

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 as listed in Wolverine Access.

We will begin mailing brochures in mid-April 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 adult 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, and make sure that your student has your current email address so that you will receive the email confirmation. 

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.

Brochure Links

We understand that it is important for students and family members to communicate about orientation plans, so we will provide links to the orientation brochure, as well as links to the PDF versions of the Online Orientation Information when they become available. Links will be active in mid-April when the information is sent out.

  • 2018 Transfer Parent & Family Orientation brochure (sent via U.S. Mail)
  • 2018 Transfer Student Online Orientation Information (sent only to the student via their UMICH email)

Walk-Ins

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

Orientation Dates

Fall Term Transfer Parent & Family Orientation Programs:

If your student has been admitted for Fall Term, your student will likely attend a “Transfer Student Orientation” occurring in May, July, or early August.

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, he or she 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 May, July, or early-August, he or she will be required to attend the Final Fall Orientation program. Click on the “Final Fall Orientation” link at left to learn more about the Parent & Family Orientation program during Final Fall Orientation. 

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Information

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Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA)

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Orientation Schedule

Transfer Parent & Family Orientation Check-In

Check-in for the Transfer Parent & Family Orientation program takes place at 8:00 a.m. at the Angell Hall Posting Wall. Angell Hall is located at 435 S. State Street. Enter Angell Hall through the main entrance with the columns and follow the signs to the posting wall for check-in.

Sample Schedule for Transfer Parent & Family Orientation

(subject to change).

  • Check In at Angell Hall (8:00 a.m.)
  • 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

 

2018 Parent Accommodations

The Office of New Student Programs makes arrangements with the Kensington Hotel (3500 South State Street, Ann Arbor, 48108) and the Holiday Inn Express & Suites - Ann Arbor (600 Briarwood Circle, Ann Arbor, 48108) to provide discounted rates for students and families attending Transfer Orientation. 

A limited number of rooms are available at each hotel for a flat rate of TBD (+11%tax)/per night for either a single or double occupancy at the Kensington Hotel, or a flat rate of TBD (+11%tax)/per night for either a single or double at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites - Ann Arbor. Please note that this rate does not include applicable taxes and applies only to participants attending the Transfer Orientation dates in May, July, and August. It does not apply to the LSA International Orientation Program, the International Orientation Program, or the Final Fall Orientation program

Both of these properties are located side by side, next to Briarwood Mall and several area restaurants, off of I-94 at S. State Street (approximately 2 miles south of Central Campus). Please note that these hotels are not within walking distance of the orientation program, and you will need to make your own arrangements for transportation from the hotels to the orientation program. Buses and taxi cabs are both available options if you do not have a car. 

Services and amenities for both facilities include an indoor pool and whirlpool. Each room features a hair dryer, coffee maker, full-size ironing board, 2 telephones and data ports, complimentary high-speed internet access throughout the property, and a $10 voucher at Relish Restaurant. Accessible rooms for people with disabilities are available.

The Kensington Hotel, in addition to the amenities and services listed above, features a full-service restaurant and lounge, room service, pillow-top mattresses, complimentary bottled water, updated fitness facility, business center, mini-fridge, and sauna. Complimentary breakfast at Relish is also provided. 

The Holiday Inn Express & Suites - Ann Arbor is more limited in amenities and services than the Kensington Hotel but does feature a complimentary Smart Start Breakfast served in the lobby. 

Reservations must be reserved no later than one week in advance of your planned arrival; earlier reservations are recommended as space is limited. 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 at either the Kensington Hotel or Holiday Inn Express & Suites Ann Arbor by phone at 800-344-7829. 

 

 

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 Angell Hall. 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 (you will pass Angell Hall on your right just before William St.). 
  • 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 (you will pass Angell Hall on your right just before William St.). 
  • 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 (you will pass Angell Hall on your right just before William St.). 
  • 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 Angell Hall

  • 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 ½ block. Angell Hall will be on your left.

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.

Final Fall Orientation

If your student is unable to attend a Transfer Orientation in May, July, or early August due to scheduling conflicts or because his or her academic school/college does not offer a Transfer Orientation program on those dates, your student will be required to attend the Final Fall Orientation (dates are TBD).

The Final Fall Orientation program is a mixed program for transfer students, freshmen, and international students. As a result, there is no Transfer Parent & Family Orientation program offered during that program. However, we do offer a generic “Fall Parent & Family Orientation” program. This program is for all families of students attending the Final Fall Orientation program. Click here to learn more about the Fall Parent & Family Orientation program.

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.

In addition, if you choose to attend the Fall Parent & Family Orientation program, this program is not identical to the Transfer Parent & Family Orientation programs offered during Transfer Orientation.

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 summer orientation program 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.

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