Student Life


Everyday life on campus: that’s Student Life. It’s virtually everything outside the classroom, from housing and dining to special-interest groups and healthcare; from community service to recreation. And everything in between.

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Something for Everyone

This is one big, busy, exciting campus. And there are hundreds of ways for students to make it their own. Student Life fosters a sense of belonging through programs and services that help students find their niche and get involved. It’s about support groups, making friends who share common interests, and jumping into groups, activities and causes that round out life at Michigan.

Becoming The Leaders and Best

While the classroom prepares students to pursue a career or calling, Student Life helps prepare students to pursue life through self-discovery and personal growth. What follows is just a sampling of the many resources available to all U-M students:

  • Programs such as the First Year Experience help students make the transition to college a successful one.
  • Residential programs allow students to learn about relationships, leadership and justice, right where they live.
  • Job opportunities within Student Life provide students the chance to learn new skills and gain essential employment experience.
  • The University Career Center helps students prepare for life after college via job search planning, interview preparation and networking opportunities.

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Here to Help

Physical, emotional, financial or academic: Student Life provides the resources students need to stay whole, healthy and happy. Here are just a few:

  • University Health Service is a comprehensive healthcare clinic for University of Michigan students.
  • Counseling & Psychological Services offers free counseling as well as online mental health resources.
  • Services for Students with Disabilities provides support and accommodations for more than 1,200 mentally and physically disabled students.
  • The Dean of Students Office works with students and their parents to help navigate student life.
  • Other Student Life departments assist students with conflict resolution, sexual assault prevention, legal support and social justice.


Student Organizations in Student Life

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The University of Michigan’s campus is a diverse and multicultural community. Student Life provides the resources, innovative intercultural learning tools, over 100 programs annually to over 55,000 participants each year and living/learning experiences that encourage understanding of our differences and building of communities. For example:

  • Trotter Multicultural Center is a vibrant hub of activities and events designed to bring students together. A new building located on State Street is opening in 2019.
  • Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs (MESA) engages the campus community and transforms the student experience to build inclusive spaces and equitable opportunities for all.
  • The Spectrum Center, established in 1971, serves the LGBTQ+ community as well as the larger University of Michigan community.
  • The Program on Intergroup Relations is a social justice education program that helps prepare students to live in a diverse world.
  • The International Center serves the international population, facilitates intercultural and international education and fosters a global campus community.
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