First-Year Student Families

The beginning of a college career marks many changes in students and their relationships with family and friends. It can also mean changes in beliefs, values, behaviors, and attitudes. Understanding and adjusting to these changes is an exciting challenge for both students and their parents and families.

The Office of New Student Programs offers Parent & Family Orientation to provide information and resources that can help families with this transition. For families of students admitted to the Fall Term, Parent & Family Orientation is offered multiple times throughout June, July, and August. Families of new first-year students are also sent an electronic newsletter throughout the summer months with additional information about the University and making the transition to U-M.

The M-Parent Website is the University’s gateway for parents. Like a roadmap of the University, the M-Parent Website helps to guide parents and family members and provides advice, campus updates, and links to resources. Families of incoming first-year students are encouraged to visit the Parent and Family Resources section of the M-Parent website to learn ways to prepare for the their first year. 

The University of Michigan's Parents & Family Weekend is coordinated by Student Life. Parents & Family Weekend is open to all undergraduate families and provides an opportunity for families to visit campus, enjoy campus activities, and spend time with their Michigan student.