The University of Michigan-Dearborn campus community is here to help our newest undergraduates make a smooth transition to life as students here! 

Realizing the transition from high school to college can be hard, the Office of Student Life (OSL) is with you every step of the way and is committed to connecting you to pertinent resources before you need them!

Our programs, resources, and services are to designed to: 

  1. Familiarize students with college-level work, academic expectations, and strategies key to academic success
  2. Provide each student with a connection to a cohort of peers
  3. Enhance the sense of community, belonging, and personal responsibility among first-year students
  4. Connect students to campus resources and opportunities

All first year students are encouraged to take part in the CRUISE to Success and DUCC Mentoring Programs. 

Make the most of your first year!

You're in college! Whoo!

It's totally fine to be nervous, but we know deep down inside, you're also excited! Excited about the possibilities, the adventures, and the ability to flaunt your newfound independence.  It's important to make good decisions and choices, but we understand that mistakes happen sometime. Attending your classes, talking with your professors, connecting with peers, and getting involved on campus are good first steps toward success.

The CRUISE to Success and DUCC Mentoring Programs are also opportunities for you to receive emotional support, participate in experiential and deep learning opportunities,  and connect to upper class student mentors that will provide encouragement as you pursue their goals and dreams during your first year. 

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CRUISE to Success Program Overview

Demonstrate your commitment to success by participating in CRUISE!

Connecting to Resources, University Involvement, and Successful Experiences or CRUISE is an opportunity for first-year students to learn more about University life at UM-Dearborn. It is a self-paced, hybrid Program that aims to connect, support, and empower new students! 

Participants will have the opportunity to expand on concepts from orientation to ensure academic, personal, and professional success! Successful completion will be based on workshop attendance and the completion of Challenges within the Talent Gateway. Participants who successfully complete the Program will be recognized for their Commitment to Success during the annual Student Leadership Awards!

View complete Program Overview here!

If you have any questions about CRUISE, contact the Office of Student Life at

DUCC Mentoring Program Overview

The DUCC Mentoring Program is here to support you during your first year at the university! This collaborative effort between the Office of Student Life and the Talent Gateway aspires to have a positive impact on first year student success while encouraging campus engagement, connectivity, and community. 

Participating students will join a group led by an upperclassman mentor who will serve as a resource for you as you navigate the first-year experience. Participate in study seminars, luncheons with faculty/staff, and panel discussions with upperclassmen mentors. 

Commitment to Success Recognition

Each year, students who've successfully completed CRUISE receive recognition for their commitment during the Success Celebration! Check out the previous awardees below.

Office of Student Life

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