Spring Welcome Day Information

We’re thrilled that you and your student are interested in Spring Welcome Day, an annual event designed to celebrate our admitted students and give them a chance to experience firsthand what makes this university a special place.

Please review this page to learn more about the day's activities.

Date: Saturday, April 14

Schedule

On the day of the event, you and your student will select which workshops and panels to attend. In addition, representatives from various offices, departments, and student organizations on campus will be available throughout the day. 

  • 7:30-8:30 a.m.           Welcome breakfast at the Michigan Union
  • 8:30-9:20 a.m.           Introductions and welcome in the Rogel Ballroom at the Michigan Union
  • 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.        Campus and residence hall tours; student and parent panels
  • 1-3 p.m.                     Workshops and information fair
  • 3 p.m.                        Closing remarks

Families only: This is a special program for admitted students and their families. Due to limited space, we are not able to accommodate siblings or additional guests.

Transportation

We encourage you to make travel arrangements soon after you receive confirmation of your registration for this event. Please do not make travel arrangements until after you receive your confirmation email. 

Air transportation: Ann Arbor is 25 miles west of Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW). We are providing shuttles to transport students traveling alone back to the DTW airport hourly from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Michigan Flyer is also available, which costs $15 each way and stops at multiple locations in Ann Arbor. For more information on transportation, visit the Campus Information Centers.

Other Transportation

Amtrak: Located at 325 Depot St., in Ann Arbor. For reservations, call 1-800-872-7245 or go online.

Greyhound: Located at 116 W. Huron St., in Ann Arbor. For reservations, call 1-800-231-2222 or go online.

Megabus: Located in U-M's commuter Park & Ride lot at 2500 S. State St., in Ann Arbor. For reservations, call 1-877-462-6342 or go online.

Getting to campus: Ann Arbor's public bus service, The Ride, has routes that connect the Amtrak, Greyhound, and Megabus stations to stops near campus. This passenger toolkit will help you plan your route. 

Accommodations and Parking

The Ann Arbor Convention and Visitors Bureau is a great resource for planning a visit to Ann Arbor. Click here to view accommodations in the Ann Arbor area.

Parking: There will be free parking in the Thompson Street Parking Structure, 508 Thompson St., in Ann Arbor. A Spring Welcome Day staff member will meet you at the structure to provide you with a parking permit. This permit must be visible from your car at all times and is only valid for the specified day. Visitors should be aware that handicapped-accessible, faculty/staff, metered, and loading zone parking are enforced at all times. If you park in one of these spaces, you will be ticketed, and U-M will not reimburse you for the fee.

Those visitors who plan to attend the Friday night kickoff (see next section) will receive a parking pass to park in the Thompson Street Parking Structure overnight when they check in.

Staying overnight

Students attending Spring Welcome Day are welcome to spend Friday night with a current U-M student in a university residence hall. The purpose of overnight hosting is to allow your student 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 receive training prior to hosting an admitted student. 

Interested students and their families should attend an informal kickoff at 6 p.m. on Friday, April 13, at the Student Activities Building, 515 E. Jefferson St., in Ann Arbor. At this time, students are matched up with a current U-M student and paperwork is completed for overnight hosting. Families will have the opportunity to grab a light snack while dropping off their student.

Students must have a consent form signed by a legal guardian and check in by 7 p.m. to participate in the overnight experience. Students should also include a picture or scan of the medical insurance card for the policy under which they are covered, if available.

Students staying overnight should be aware of the behavioral expectations and norms outlined in our Code of Conduct (found here, beginning on page 32). Students who fail to meet these expectations will be removed immediately from the program and have their admission offer reconsidered.

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 shes
  • Consent form 

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

Saturday morning: All student hosts and Spring Welcome Day student participants will return to the Michigan Union by 7:30 a.m. on Saturday. Parents and guardians will reunite with their students for breakfast and enjoy the Spring Welcome Day programs together. With an anticipated crowd in the hundreds, we recommend calling your student's cell phone on Saturday morning to meet up before breakfast.

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.

If you have any questions or concerns, please leave a message at 734-647-6674, and a team member will return your call. We look forward to seeing you!