Winter Term Transfer Parent & Family Orientation

Thank you for supporting your student’s decision to continue their education at the University of Michigan. 

Your student will be required to attend a December Transfer Orientation Program. We offer a corresponding Transfer Parent & Family Orientation program for each of the December Transfer Orientation dates.

Transfer Parent & Family Orientation is designed to answer your questions and provide you with helpful information that you can use as you support your student's transition. The Transfer Parent & Family Orientation program is optional and about 50-60% 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 below 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

Transfer Parent & Family Orientation Invitation

An invitation to attend the Transfer Parent & Family Orientation Program is mailed to your student’s permanent address and will be sent to a parent/family member's email address if one was provided on your student's application to the University. 

We will begin mailing invitations 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.

As you make your plans to attend Transfer Parent & Family Orientation, be sure to review your student's Transfer Orientation schedule and coordinate dates if you plan to travel together. 

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.  

Program dates depend on the academic school or college to which you have been admitted: 

Dental Hygiene:

  • December 12, 2019

Education

  • December 16, 2019

Engineering

  • Aerospace
    • December 13, 2019
  • Biomedical
    • December 16, 2019
  • Chemical
    • December 16, 2019
  • Civil
    • December 12, 2019
  • Climate & Meteorology
    • December 12, 2019
  • Computer
    • TBD
  • Computer Science
    • December 12, 2019
  • Data Science
    • January 6-7, 2020 *no parent/family Orientation offered in January, we apologize for the inconvenience.
  • Electrical
    • December 16, 2019
  • Environmental
    • December 12, 2019
  • Industrial & Operations
    • December 12, 2019
  • Material
    • December 16, 2019
  • Mechanical
    • December 12, 2019
    • December 13, 2019
    • December 16, 2019
  • Naval Architecture & Marine
    • ​December 16, 2019
  • Nuclear
    • ​December 16, 2019
  • Physics
    • December 16, 2019
  • Space Science
    • December 12, 2019

Kinesiology

  • December 13, 2019

Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA)

  • December 12, 2019
  • December 13, 2019
  • December 16, 2019
  • December 17, 2019

LSA Comprehensive Studies Program*

  • December 13, 2019
  • December 16, 2019

*Review your letter of admission to determine if you have been selected for the Comprehensive Studies Program. Questions pertaining to your selection for this program can be directed to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

LSA Honors Program

  • December 16, 2019

LSA Residential College

  • December 13, 2019

Music, Theatre, & Dance

  • January 6-7, 2020

*If your student has been admitted to the School of Music, Theatre, & Dance, there will be no corresponding Parent & Family Orientation program. We apologize for any inconvenience. 

Orientation Registration

How to Register for Transfer Parent & Family Orientation

Your student will register you for Parent & Family Orientation when they register for their in-person Orientation. Registration for Parent & Family Orientation will open in mid-November.

Most families choose to attend the Parent & Family Orientation program on the same date that their student attends the Transfer Student Orientation program. Once your student has registered you, you will be unable to make changes online. 

If for some reason, you are unable to attend Parent & Family Orientation or need to make changes to your reservation after your student has registered you, we will be happy to assist you. Please call the Office of New Student Programs at (734) 764-6413 or email us at onsp@umich.edu and we will assist you with your registration. Please note that your student must already be registered for Orientation before we will be able to assist you with your own registration.  

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 League, located at 911 N. University Ave.

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

 

Overnight Accommodations

If you need overnight accommodations, the Office of New Student Programs has made arrangements with the Kensington Hotel to provide rooms for family members at a discounted rate of $97/night (+taxes) for the December Transfer Orientation Programs. The Kensington Hotel is located at 3500 S. State St., approximately 22 miles west of Detroit Metropolitan Airport and just 2 miles south of the University of Michigan's Central Campus, near I-94. 

Services and amenities include an indoor pool and whirlpool. Each room features a hair dryer, coffee maker, full-size ironing board, two telephones and data ports, complimentary high-speed internet access throughout the property, room service, pillow-top mattresses, complimentary bottled water, updated fitness facility, business center, mini-fridge, sauna, and a $10 voucher to Rel-ish Restaurant inside the Kensington Hotel. Accessible rooms for people with disabilities are available. 

A limited number of rooms are available. Reservations must be reserved no later than one week in advance of your planned arrival; earlier reservations are recommended. 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. 

*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.

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 3 blocks from the Michigan League, and you will be able to park in this structure for the duration of the orientation program. The cost is approximately $1.20/hour. Do not park at a parking meter. Parking meters have time limits that will prevent you from parking in the same space all day. 

 

Driving Directions to Michigan League

From the North (Flint)

  • US-23 South to M-14 West (exit 45)
  • M-14 West to Exit 3 - Downtown Ann Arbor
  • Exit turns into Main Street
  • Take Main Street 0.7 miles to Depot St.
  • Turn left on Depot St.
  • Turn right on N. State St.
  • Turn left on E. Huron St.
  • Turn right onto Fletcher St.
  • Turn right onto N. University Ave.
  • The Michigan League is located on your right at 911 N. University Ave., at the corner of Fletcher and N. University Ave.

From the East (Windsor, Detroit and Airports)

  • I-94 West to State Street (exit 177)
  • North (right) on State Street
  • Take State Street approximately 3 miles.
  • Turn right onto N. University Ave.
  • The Michigan League is located on your left at 911 N. University Ave., at the corner of Fletcher St. and N. University Ave.

From the South (Toledo)

  • US-23 North to I-94 West (exit 35)
  • I-94 to State Street (exit 177)
  • North (right) on State Street
  • Take State Street approximately 3 miles
  • Turn right onto N. University Ave.
  • The Michigan League is located on your left at 911 N. University Ave., at the corner of Fletcher St. and N. University Ave.

From the West (Jackson)

  • I-94 East to State Street (exit 177)
  • North (left) on State Street
  • Take State Street approximately 3 miles.
  • Turn right onto N. University Ave.
  • The Michigan League is located on your left at 911 N. University Ave., at the corner of Fletcher St. and N. University Ave.

 

Driving Directions to the Maynard St. Parking Structure

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 0.7 miles to Depot St.
  • Turn left on Depot St.
  • Turn right on N. State St.
  • Turn right on E. William St.
  • Turn left on Maynard St.
  • The Maynard Street Parking Structure will be on your right.

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; turn left at stop light onto William St. 
  • Take William St. one block to Maynard St.
  • Turn right (North) on Maynard St.
  • Parking structure will be 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; turn left at stop light onto William St. 
  • Take William St. one block to Maynard St.
  • Turn right (North) on Maynard St.
  • Parking structure will be 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; turn left at stop light onto William St. 
  • Take William St. one block to Maynard St.
  • Turn right (North) on Maynard St.
  • Parking structure will be 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 on William St. and walk 1 block to State Street.
  • Turn left on State St. and walk to 1 block to N. University Ave.
  • Turn right on N. University Ave. and walk approximately 2 blocks to the Michigan League. It 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.

FAQs

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 (including coffee) 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 overnight 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), and we will assist you with registration.

How many families attend Transfer Parent & Family Orientation?

About 50-60% of transfer students have family members that attend Transfer Parent & Family Orientation.

What if my question is not listed here?

E-mail onsp@umich.edu and we will do our best to answer your questions!