New Student Engagement

Welcome Home, Wolverine!

Welcome to the University of Michigan-Dearborn!

We are so excited that you have decided to be part of our great community! The Office of Student Life (OSL) is here to make new students’ transition from high school or another institution as smooth and successful as possible! The First Year Programs and New Student Engagement experiences offered by the Office of Student Life will help you jumpstart your collegiate journey and assist with laying the groundwork for your future!

Your First Year Experience

Going to college for the first time or transferring to a new college is a challenging process—a process that often comes with many emotions. The Office of Student Life (OSL) provides new students plenty of resources and support to adjust during this transition.

Within these pages you will discover some of the highlights of the new student experience  and how to make the most of your first year at the University of Michigan-Dearborn! Find ways to be academically successful, civically engaged, and socially savvy on campus and in the surrounding communities!

Brigit Bradakis

Name: Brigit Bradakis
Majors: Bioengineering and Mechanical Engineering
Year in School: Senior

My name is Brigit Bradakis and I work on the New Student Engagement Team as a Lead Mentor for the DUCC Mentoring Program.

"What I love most about this university is the community. I came to UM-Dearborn because of my first visit to campus. It reminded me of home and the conventions I attend. The energy and the people were welcoming and I really felt at home. UM-Dearborn really has become my second home."


Sara Dokter

Sara Dokter and I am the Office of Student Life Fraternity and Sorority Life Student Assistant. She help create programs for Greek Life, plan events, and workshops that might be useful for anyone in Greek Life or interested in learning more about it. Additionally, Sara works with the New Student Engagement team. her role there is to create transfer student programs for any current and incoming transfer students.

"What I love most about UM-Dearborn is how welcoming it is. I had moved here and didn't know anyone, but people came up to me and got to know me. Additionally, a lot of the programs that OSL offered helped me to become more social and become more of a leader not only within my academics but also my personal life."


Janani Mohan

My name is Janani Mohan. I'm currently enrolled in Master's in Computer and Information Science. I'm from the mystical country of India and staying in Dearborn, Michigan. My interests are in drawing and painting, harmonious to music, be amused by Kdrama, and truly love cooking. What I love the most about UM-Dearborn is the positive vibe it gives, the amount of support our community offers. The faculty is extremely friendly and welcoming. My favorite season would be fall and winter where the sight of the snow is something to behold with a warm cup of hot chocolate, and the not too cold and not too hot fall keeps me active and energetic.


Shouryan Nikam

I'm Shouryan Nikam and I'm a New Student Engagement Paraprofessional! I'm currently a Junior, double majoring in Computer Science and Data Science. What I love about this university is the intimate feeling you get from just being around. You're not just a number among thousands, you're a real part of the friendly welcoming community. Go blue!

Nathan Roulo

My name is Nate Roulo and I am a senior studying Supply Chain & Information Systems Management. Being involved means building relationships with those around me. The way I would do this is by being there when someone needs me or needs my help

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