Parents of Transfer Students
Transfer Student Parent & Family Orientation Fall 2013
Congratulations on your student's admission to the University of Michigan for the Fall 2013 term!
The Office of New Student Programs will send your student an invitation via email to attend a transfer student orientation, which is required for all new transfer students.
We also offer orientation programs for parents, spouses, and other adult family members of transfer students. We believe that family members play a significant role in a transfer student's adjustment to a new university. This program will offer you information that will help you support your student during his or her transition to the University of Michigan.
We offer several 1-day Transfer Orientation programs in May, July, and mid-August. For each 1-day Transfer Orientation program, there is a corresponding 1-day Transfer Parent & Family Orientation program.
Program Schedule for Transfer Parent & Family Orientation
The Transfer Parent & Family Orientation programs will include:
- Information about your student's academic school/college
- Central Campus Tour
- Information sessions on finances, billing and financial aid; campus safety; campus resources; and the transfer student transition
- The opportunity to meet other parents and family members of new transfer students, as well as current U-M students.
Check-in for the Transfer Parent & Family Orientation is from 8:00 - 8:15 a.m. at Angell Hall, located at 435 S. State St. Enter through the front entrance (with the columns) and follow the signs to the "Posting Wall."
Note that no meals are provided as part of this program. We will provide you with a list of area restaurants for your lunch break.
Orientation dates are specific to your student's academic school/college (also called academic unit). Transfer Parent & Family Orientation sessions are offered on May 13, 14, 15, 16, July 12, and August 7, 8, 9. Not all dates are open to students in all academic units. To check which dates your student is eligible for, your student will need to log into Wolverine Access. Or, you may call our office at (734) 764-6413.
Parking & Directions
For the Transfer Parent & Family Orientation programs, parking will be available at the city parking structures. The most convenient structure is located at 324 Maynard Street, between East William and East Liberty. Cost is $1.20 per hour. For printable maps, visithttp://www.umich.edu/~info/mapsAndDirections.html and click on "Central Campus." Check in takes place at Angell Hall, about 3 blocks away from the Maynard Street Parking Structure. For directions to Angell Hall click here.
Accommodations for Transfer Families
If you need overnight accommodations, we have made arrangements with the Kensington Court and Holiday Inn Express hotels to provide rooms for family members at discounted rates for the all Transfer Parent & Family Orientation Programs on May 13, 14, 15, 16, July 12, and August 7, 8, 9.
The Kensington Court and the Holiday Inn Express are both located on the same property, approximately 22 miles west of Detroit Metropolitan Airport and just 2 miles south of the University of Michigan near I-94.
Services and amenities for both facilities 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, a $10 dinner voucher at Graham’s Restaurant, and complimentary high-speed internet access. Accessible rooms for people with disabilities are available.
The Kensington Court, in addition to the amenities and services listed above, features a full-service restaurant and lounge, room service, pillow-top mattresses, complimentary bottled water, exercise room, bell service, business center, mini-fridge, and sauna. Complimentary breakfast at Graham’s Restaurant and complimentary copies of the New York Times are also provided.
The Holiday Inn Express is more limited in amenities and services than the Kensington Court Hotel but does feature a complimentary deluxe continental breakfast served in the lobby as well as room service from the Kensington Court.
A limited number of rooms are available at each hotel for a flat rate of $78.00 for either a single or double at the Kensington Court or a flat rate of $68.00 for a single or double at the Holiday Inn Express. Please note that this rate does not include applicable taxes and applies only to Transfer Parent and Family Orientation participants attending summer orientation programs between May 14-August 10. 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 at either the Kensington Court or Holiday Inn Express by phone at 800/344-7829.
Reservations for the Kensington Court can also be made online at https://booking.ihotelier.com/istay/istay.jsp?groupID=998812&hotelID=4505
using the group booking code ONP2013.
Reservations for the Holiday Inn Express can be made online at http://www.hiexpress.com/hotels/us/en/ann-arbor/arbmi/hoteldetail?groupCode=pso
Transportation to Ann Arbor
If you are traveling by car, printable maps are available online athttp://www.umich.edu/~info/mapsAndDirections.html
Click on "Ann Arbor" for a map showing the major routes to Ann Arbor. Click on "Central Campus" for a map showing the Central Campus area, where orientation check-in takes place.
If you are not traveling by car, Ann Arbor is easily accessible by air, train, and bus. Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW) is the closest major airport to Ann Arbor.
There are many shuttle services and cab companies that provide service from Detroit Metropolitan Airport to campus. A list of these services is available online from the Ann Arbor Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.
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 the orientation residence hall, please contact our office.
What to Bring
Dress for the program is casual. Please bring comfortable walking shoes and clothes appropriate for walking outside in the summer. Also, you may want to wear layered clothing as the temperature of the campus buildings vary. Please also bring a pen or pencil, a notepad for notes, and a bag for your orientation materials. You will also need money for parking, meals, vending machines and lodging if applicable.
Parents & Families with Special Needs
The Office of New Student Programs will assist with the coordination of any special arrangements you need while on campus, for example wheelchair use or large-print publications. To make arrangements, please contact the Office of New Student Programs at (734) 764-6413.
Registration for the Transfer Parent & Family Orientation program can be done in one of two ways:
1. If you plan to attend on the same date as your student, he or she can register you online at the same time he or she signs up for Transfer Student Orientation online.
2. If you plan to attend on a different date than your student, please contact our office at (734) 764-6413, and we will be happy to register you.
Confirmation of your registration will be emailed to you within one week of registering for Transfer Parent & Family Orientation.
If you have any questions about Transfer Parent & Family Orientation, please contact us at (734) 764-6413.