Amaizin' Blue Preview Information

We’re excited that you are interested in joining us for Amaizin’ Blue Preview (ABP), a celebratory free overnight event designed to allow admitted scholarship recipients the opportunity to experience firsthand the University of Michigan. Students must register by March 31 to attend.

Please review the information on this page to learn more about the program. If you have any additional questions, feel free to contact our team at 734-224-8384.

First things first

If you haven't already done so, please complete the following required steps:

  • Complete the ABP Travel Form immediately to provide us with your travel itinerary and shuttle needs.
  • Complete the overnight stay Consent Form. Submit the form by 5 p.m. on March 31 via email at UA-Undergraduate-Admissions@umich.edu or fax at 734-615-5281. Please also include a picture or scan of the medical insurance card for the policy under which you are covered, if available. This form must be completed and signed by a legal guardian for you to participate.
  • Review our Code of Conduct (beginning on page 32) to understand the behavioral expectations and norms for this experience. Students who fail to meet these expectations will be removed immediately from the program and have their admission offer reconsidered.

Please note that ABP is for admitted students only. If parents or guardians choose to visit, they must provide their own transportation and accommodations. 

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 our team at 734-224-8384.

Additionally, limited funding is available on a first-come, first-served basis for those with financial need. For more information on assistance with travel costs, please contact Sarah Rice at sarice@umich.edu or leave a message for our team at 734-936-3822 before March 24. 

Arrival: ABP begins at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 12. Please schedule an arrival time from 2-5 p.m. to allow for shuttle transportation and checking in to the event. Shuttles to the Sheraton Hotel will be provided from 2-5 p.m.

Departure: ABP ends at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, April 13. Please schedule a departure time of 7:30 p.m. or later to allow for shuttle transportation to the airport. If you are attending Spring Welcome Day on Saturday, please schedule a departure time of 5:30 p.m. or later on Saturday, April 14.

By Plane: Ann Arbor is 25 miles west of Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW). ABP staff will provide shuttles to and from the airport.

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.

By Bus: The Megabus stop is located in the commuter park & ride lot on the west side of South 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.

By Car: 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 students can retrieve their cars on Friday or Saturday.

Accommodations and activities 

Students arrive on Thursday, April 12, attend our welcome reception, and stay overnight at the Ann Arbor Sheraton Hotel

On Friday, students will meet with university faculty, staff, current students, and administrators at a Leaders and Best Breakfast held in their honor. Students will participate in a seminar series with some of our world-class faculty and participate in a scavenger hunt around campus.

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

ABP is a program designed for invited scholarship recipients, and it does not include a parent component. We encourage ABP parents to attend Spring Welcome Day on Saturday with their students. Parents and families should make their own travel and lodging arrangements. Please visit the Ann Arbor Convention and Visitors Bureau website for more information.

Staying overnight

Students interested in attending Spring Welcome Day on Saturday, April 14, are welcome to spend Friday night with a current U-M student in a university residence hall.

The purpose of overnight hosting is to give admitted students an opportunity to experience 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 have received training before hosting an admitted student. Amaizin' Blue Preview participants who have chosen not to stay with a current student will be released at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, April 13. Return shuttles to the airport, train station, and bus stop will be available for students departing on Friday evening.

Again, all admitted students must have an authorization form signed by a legal guardian to participate in the overnight hosting. Please also include a picture or scan of the medical insurance card for the policy under which you are covered, if available.

Students are encouraged to pack the following items for their visit: 

  • Driver's license or photo ID
  • Cell phone and charger
  • Sleeping bag or blanket
  • Pillow
  • Spending money
  • Toiletries
  • Shower shoes or flip-flops
  • Bath towel
  • Umbrella
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Business casual clothes for a welcome reception on Thursday
  • Consent form 

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

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 should the need arise. 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.