Partnering with Families

Quite simply, families are our partners. Together, we support your student’s intellectual and personal growth — and we're here to connect you with the information and resources you need.

Sending your Wolverine off to school isn't just a new experience for them, but a new experience for you too. As your student takes on adult responsibilities, your role will change, but your student still needs you. Students need you to support their growth, development, and independence, and to be a stable force in their ever-changing world. On occasion, they even need your advice—but they may or may not ask for it.

We know you have worked so hard to support your student in becoming a Wolverine. And we know that your student's success is not a coincidence. We believe in partnering with you to support your student and we consider you part of the UM-Dearborn family as well. There are a number of ways you can be involved, stay connected, and help your student navigate college life. Whatever your needs or interests are, we hope you find what you are looking for, but if you don't please feel free to reach out and ask us. 


First Year Adjustment

Your student is beginning a new journey of independence at a major, urban research institution. College is very different from high school and students sometimes have a difficult time adjusting to all of the changes they are experiencing. We understand how important it is for you as a parent or family member(s) to understand the changes your students are going through and how you can assist in a successful transition.

Be supportive
Adjusting to college life and all of the new experiences your student will face, requires a supportive network of family and friends. Be as supportive as you  have all the other times your student changed life stages.This is a big step for both you and your student. When they experience successes as well as disappointments, both your student and the University community will want you there to encourage them, congratulate them, and help guide them back to their initial goal of completing their education.

Be observant of time commitments.
The first year of college is very different than high school.  Thus, the adjustment to increased homework and academic expectations can be a bit overwhelming. This means an adjustment to their schedules—less time for play!  More time will need to be devoted to studying. Eight hours to study is the minimum amount of time to study for academic success.  This doesn’t mean there’s no time for play—it just means balancing priorities and staying focused on the goal!

Ask questions
It’s okay to ask questions.  Although your student is taking their first step of independence as a college student, they may still rely on your wisdom. So ask them how their classes are going; how are things working out with making friends. Be ready to offer advice. 

Listen and Comfort
During the adjustment to college, your student may become frustrated. The easiest way to respond is to carefully listen and reassure them there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Sometimes, they just need to “vent” their frustrations so be a sounding board and comfort them.

Get to know faculty
Many first year students are “hesitant” to approach their professors and faculty in general. Encourage your student to get to know a faculty member. Faculty makes great mentors.

Encourage Campus involvement
Research shows that campus involvement is one of several predictors of degree completion. College is more than classes and homework. A successful balance to student success includes connecting to other students. We highly suggest that students join at least one student organization in their first semester. Volunteerism and involvement on campus builds leadership skills they can transfer to their future career(s). 

8) Talk about financial matters
Students are often solicited by credit card companies. It’s always good to help keep your student on track by talking about their budget and financial obligations.


Adapted from the WSU Dean of Students website.

Health & Wellness

The University of Michigan - Dearborn provides a number of Health & Wellness resources for your student, many of which have been expanded during the pandemic, including:

In addition, here’s a look at other resources available for your student:

  • Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) CAPS provides services that advance student success by promoting emotional wellness and psychological development by providing culturally competent, high quality, and confidential mental health services, prevention and educational programming, campus wide consultation, crisis response, and outreach. Staff and trainees are committed to providing a safe, welcoming and affirming environment for all students. CAPS is located in the 2nd Floor of the University Center (2157UC) and is open (virtuall) to assist with your students’ needs Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. CAPS can be reached by phone (313-593-5430) and email ( 
    • View the CAPS Winter 2021 Message 
    • UM-Dearborn Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) After Hours Crisis Line: 1-855-275-1715 
    • During regular business hours reach CAPS at 313-593-5430
    • 313-593-5333  Campus Police
    • 800-273-8255  National Suicide Hotline
    • 734-721-0200  Psychiatric Intervention Center
    • 800-799-7233  National Domestic Violence Hotline
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  • The Dean of Students Office is available to students, parents/families, and faculty/staff who have questions about student support and assistance (in general and particularly related to COVID-19) and/or who are concerned about a student’s well-being. The Dean of Students by telephone (313-593-5151), and by email (
  • The Center for Social Justice and Inclusion's mission the University of Michigan-Dearborn’s Center for Social Justice and Inclusion is to value and celebrate the uniqueness of each individual. We seek to remove barriers by providing programs and activities that will enable all students to meet their full potential, and experience meaningful involvement on campus and in the community. 
UM-Dearborn COVID - 19 Response & Resources

Guided by scientific data and public health guidance, University of Michigan-Dearborn is committed to student success, academic excellence and creating access and opportunity for qualified students while protecting health and safety by minimizing the spread of COVID-19, both within our campus community and throughout our region.

The COVID-19 pandemic is forcing all of us to act differently, think creatively and adapt frequently and quickly to new procedures and expectations. The student experience at UM-Dearborn is different this year, but what isn’t different is the myriad programs and activities designed to foster growth opportunities and build community. Faculty and staff have been working hard identifying ways to deliver innovative and impactful learning experiences that meet the UM-Dearborn standard of excellence. 

Additional COVID-19 Related Information and Support can be found on the UM-Dearborn COVID - 19 Response page.

Important Dates to Remember

Important Dates/Deadlines for the Fall 2021 semester!

Registration Begins*

Monday, June 1

Go Blue Orientation Day

Tuesday, August 31

Classes begin

Wednesday, September 1

Labor Day (Holiday)

Monday, September 6

Thanksgiving recess

Monday-Sunday, November 20-28

Classes resume

Monday, November 29

Classes end

Friday, December 10

Study days

Saturday-Sunday, December 11-12


Monday-Friday, December 13-17

Commencement Saturday, December 18
Campus Engagement & Finding Community

How does your student get involved in a true college experience, and yet stay within safety and social distancing guidelines? Meeting people, participating in Student Orgs, volunteering, and just getting involved is so essential to the campus equation. Yet, the COVID-19 pandemic, and its social distancing guidelines, has made making those connections a challenge for students. 

The University of Michigan-Dearborn's Campus Life website is available to help by providing many options for getting involved either virtually or through activities with safety protocols in place. 

The site has suggestions for a variety of interests, including those who want to:

  • Join a student organization
  • Join a fraternity or sorority
  • Connect with others and exercise
  • Connect with others and volunteer
  • Learn about leadership opportunities
  • Connect with resources during a difficult time

For more events, your student can also check out Victors Link.

Our parent newsletter, The Supporter, was created to help keep parents and families informed about special events, important deadlines, news and announcements. Links to the current semester's issues will appear below. is a leading online education resource making learning accessible for over 30 million students and educators a month. The team at recently developed several comprehensive guides for students getting ready to make the transition to college. These four guides can be incredibly beneficial for students as they start to plan for college and their future careers:


Office of Student Life

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