Amaizin' Blue Preview Information

We’re excited that your student is interested in joining us for Amaizin’ Blue Preview (ABP), a celebratory free event designed to allow students to truly experience the University of Michigan.

We hope the information on this page answers any questions you might have about the program.

First things first:

If you haven't already done so, please follow the required steps so your student can attend:

  • Complete the ABP Travel Form immediately to provide us with your student's travel itinerary and shuttle needs.
  • Complete the overnight stay Consent Form. Submit the form via email by April 9 at 7 p.m. to UA-Undergraduate-Admissions@umich.edu or fax to 734-615-5281. This form must be completed and signed by a legal guardian in order for your student to participate in ABP.
  • If you’re staying for Spring Welcome Day, complete the Spring Welcome Day registration and authorization form (for students who would like to be hosted Friday night).

 Transportation

To ensure the best possible rates, please book travel arrangements within one week after registering for the program. All students must also complete the ABP Travel Form (above) to confirm itineraries and arrange ABP shuttles. If you have questions, please contact Lauren Fields at latifi@umich.edu or leave a message at 734-224-8384.

Shuttles: Whether you choose to visit Ann Arbor by plane, train or bus, our staff is available to pick you up and drop you off at the appropriate site. Shuttles will be available before and after the program, as needed.

By air: Ann Arbor is 25 miles west of Detroit Metropolitan Airport. ABP staff will provide shuttles to and from DTW for all attendees who require them.

Arrivals: ABP begins promptly at 6:00 p.m on Thursday, April 9. Please schedule an arrival time for 4:45 p.m. o earlier to allow for shuttle transportation and check in.

Departure: APB ends at 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 10. Please schedule a departure time of 7:30 p.m. or later to allow for shuttle transportation to the airport. If you are staying overnight to attend Saturday’s Spring Welcome Day, please schedule a departure time of 5:30 p.m. or later on Saturday, April 11.

By Train: The Amtrak station in downtown Ann Arbor  is located at 325 Depot St. for reservations, please visit the website at www.amtrak.com or call 1-800-USA-RAIL. ABP staff will provide shuttles to and from this train station for all attendees who require them.

By Bus: The Megabus stop is located in the commuter Park & Ride lot on the west side of S. State Street. Call 1-877-462-6342 or go to us.megabus.com for reservations. ABP staff will provide shuttles to and from the bus stop for all attendees who require them

Driving? Free parking is available at the Sheraton Hotel. Please keep in mind that your vehicle must remain parked at the hotel lot the entire weekend. Students will not be allowed to use their vehicle until Friday, after the close of ABP, or Saturday, after the close of Spring Welcome Day.

ABP staff will provide shuttles to the hotel so student scan retrieve their cars on Friday or Saturday.

If you have any travel cost concerns, please leave a message for the ABP team at 734-224-8384 by March 26.

Accommodations & activities: Your student will arrive on Thursday, April 9, attend our welcome reception and stay overnight at the Ann Arbor Sheraton Hotel. Transportation will be arranged for students from Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW), Amtrak train station and Megabus to the Sheraton Hotel on Thursday afternoon, based on the information submitted on the required travel form.

On Friday, students will visit the Michigan Football Stadium, followed by a Leaders and Best Breakfast with University faculty, staff, current students, and administrators to honor them. Students will participate in a seminar series, providing interaction with some of our world-class faculty, as well as a scavenger hunt around campus.

The program is free. However, students may want to bring some spending money for optional shopping, snacking or emergencies.

Amaizin Blue Preview is a program designed for invited scholarship students – we do not have a parent component. We strongly encourage APB parents to attend Saturday’s Spring Welcome Day with their students. Parents and families should make their own travel and lodging arrangements. Please visit the Ann Arbor Convention and Visitor’s Bureau website for more information on accommodations.

Staying overnight

Students are encouraged but not required to extend their visit Friday, spend the night with a current U-M student in a residence hall and then attend Spring Welcome Day on Saturday, April 11.

The purpose of the overnight hosting is to allow your student an opportunity to experience a slice of college life. Students may join their host for an evening study group or attend a program for a student organization. All student hosts live in University housing, have signed a release and are trained prior to hosting an admitted student. Amaizin' Blue Preview participants who have chosen not to stay with a current student will be released at 5:30pm on Friday, April 11th. Return shuttles will be available for students departing on Friday evening.

Again, all admitted students must have a signed authorization form signed by a legal guardian to participate in the overnight hosting. 

Students should pack appropriately for an overnight trip, bringing:

  • A cell phone and charger
  • Sleeping bag or blanket and pillow for Friday's overnight stay
  • Spending money
  • Toiletries (i.e., toothbrush, soap, lotion, razor, etc.)
  • "Shower shoes" or flip-flops
  • Bath towel
  • Umbrella (in case of rain)
  • Comfortable shoes to walk around campus and Ann Arbor
  • Business casual clothes for Thursday's Welcome Reception
  • Consent Form 

Are you flying? You might want to check the TSA Traveler information page before you pack: http://www.tsa.gov/traveler-information

We also recommend that everyone dress in layers - Michigan weather is often unpredictable.

In case of emergencies: The Office of Undergraduate Admissions will provide both the current U-M student hosts and the participants with an emergency contact number to use on Friday evening. This number will be monitored by professional staff who will take action in the event of an emergency. The number is 734-224-8384. Please keep the number handy should you need to contact a staff member that evening.

Staying for Spring Welcome Day? Find more information here: http://admissions.umich.edu/swd-info

If you have any questions or concerns, please leave a message for the ABP Team at 734-224-8384 and we will respond promptly.

Clinton Twp. - March 23, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

ConCorde Inn
44315 N. Gratiot Ave.
Clinton Township, MI 48036

Your Host: Jen Oza

Detroit - March 22, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

U-M Detroit Center at Orchestra Place
3663 Woodward Avenue, Suite 150
Detroit, Michigan 48201-2430

Your Host: Delphine Byrd

Flint - March 18, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Holiday Inn Flint
5353 Gateway Centre
Flint, MI 48507

Your Host: Dustin Castro