COVID-19 Information for the SOE Community
Last updated: September 2, 2022

Welcome to the SOE

Congratulations on your admission to the School of Education!

 

Your offer of admission reflects our confidence in your potential to become a contributing member of our community and a professional in the field.

The School of Education is committed to fostering diversity on campus and strives to create a community of students, faculty, and staff who are dedicated to supporting and advancing the mission and goals of the school. We have the resources, the environment, the people, and the passion to enable you to make a difference. Begin planning for an exciting and inspiring experience now.

Campus Preview Day

Campus Preview Day is a wonderful opportunity for admitted students to connect with faculty, current students, and other members of the community, learn more about their programs, and discover the ways they'll be supported at the SOE.

Admitted graduate checklist

Responding to Your Offer of Admission

Congratulations on being accepted into the School of Education! Rackham Graduate School has sent you an email with your UMID number and step-by-step instructions to accept your offer through Wolverine Access. For additional instructions on responding to your admissions offer, please visit Rackham's Respond to the Offer. We would greatly appreciate your response as soon as possible.

Activating Your Uniqname and Password

Shortly after you accept your offer of admission, you will receive an email from Information and Technology Services informing you that you need to set up a uniqname. Your uniqname will be part of your email address and also used for standard computing and university services including financial aid, housing, and student business transactions. You will use a One Time Identifier (OTID) found in the email and your UMID (included in your email of admission from Rackham) to create your uniqname and password.

Visit ITS's Set Up Your Uniqname and Account for a step-by-step guide.

Check Your Residency

Your residency classification may be viewed in the “Personal Information” section of Wolverine Access. If your self-reported residency differs from the residency displayed, please review residency screening guidelines and eligibility criteria at ro.umich.edu/resreg.php, filling out a residency application if needed. Students are encouraged to complete this process promptly as processing time may be lengthy.

Financial Aid

For more information about your fellowship or assistantship, please contact the Office of Student Affairs at soescholarships@umich.edu.

All students are encouraged to fill out the 2022–23 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be eligible for federal student aid. Master of arts with certification (MAC) students should also fill out the 2021–2022 FAFSA to be considered for financial aid during the summer term of their program. The University of Michigan’s federal school code is 002325. Questions about federal assistance should be directed to the Office of Financial Aid (financial.aid@umich.edu, (734) 763-6600).

Registration

Registration details vary by program.

CSHPE and Educational Studies
Students in these programs will register for courses with support from their academic advisor in mid-summer. Stay tuned for specific registration dates and details.

ELMAC
Students in the ELMAC program will receive information on course registration in early April.

SecMAC
Students in the SecMAC program will receive information on course registration in early May.

Obtaining your MCard

To learn how to obtain your MCard, please visit www.finance.umich.edu/treasury/mcard. Students may pick up their MCard at an ID Issuing Station before or after their arrival on campus (available 24 hours after accepting offer of admission).

Orientation

Master of Arts with Secondary Certification (Secondary MAC) Orientation: Beginning Monday, June 6
Please note this orientation date is for Secondary MAC students only. Your orientation will focus on beginning to define yourself, and the expectations for you, as a developing teacher. You will engage with program faculty to learn what each will offer to you during this program and you will be introduced to meet program staff and resources.

Master of Arts with Elementary Certification (ELMAC) Orientation: Beginning Monday, June 13
Please note this orientation date is for Elementary MAC students only. Your professional learning will begin day 1, as you are introduced to key elements and expectations of the program and begin preparation for your summer teaching and learning experience.

Center for the Study of Postsecondary and Higher Education (CSHPE) Orientation: TBD
More information on an August CSHPE orientation will be communicated soon.

Rackham’s Fall Welcome and Information Fair: Friday, August 26
Location TBD
Though not required, this orientation will introduce new students to graduate student organizations and resources that span across campus.

University of Michigan COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

The University of Michigan is dedicated to keeping campus and our community safe. For updated information on the university's COVID-19 response, visit the Maize and Blueprint website, which also houses instructions for uploading your vaccine card.

Admitted graduate resources

Academic Calendar

To view the academic calendar for the upcoming terms, please visit www.ro.umich.edu/calendar. Students in the master of arts with certification (MAC) program may not follow the academic calendar due to student teaching requirements. Students in the MAC program will be informed of their start and end dates directly from their program coordinators.

Academic and Professional Resources

The University of Michigan offers a variety of resources to aid them in their academic and professional pursuits. Take advantage of all that Michigan has to offer.

Athletics

Visit University of Michigan Athletics for information about how to purchase student tickets. Students only need to pay for tickets for football, basketball, and hockey events. All other events are free of charge with a valid MCard. New students are allotted one ticket per game. A postcard from the Athletic Department will be sent to you in June with instructions on how to order your tickets online.

Diversity, Inclusion, Justice, and Equity (dije)

The School of Education is proud to be a leader in the campus-wide initiative promoting Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity. Adding "Justice" to these values underscores the role of educators in the creation of just societies. Through research, public scholarship, community building, and the preparation of education practitioners and policymakers, we articulate and advance our dije agenda. The resources below are not exhaustive, but provide lots of great information!

Family Resources

Ann Arbor has been consistently ranked as one of the top cities in which to raise a family. The city and the university provide a wide array of resources to ensure an enriching experience for all members of the student's family. Juggling academics and family life is a challenging task. The following sites provide information to aid you and your family as you transition to your new life in Ann Arbor:

Health and Wellness

Graduate school may be exciting, but may also seem overwhelming at times. The university offers a variety of resources designed to help provide balance to your life and ensure you are in optimal health.

Housing

New students have the option of living on- or off-campus. Graduate and family housing is available through the Munger graduate residences and Northwood complex, which offers apartment and townhome living arrangements. Northwood boasts a family friendly community, a child development center, as well as access to local schools and nearby shopping areas. Munger and Northwood apartment rates are available on the University Housing website.

There are also many resources to assist students who wish to find housing off-campus. Students may search for rental properties, roommates, and more through the off-campus housing website.

International Students

The University of Michigan School of Education is an educational community that welcomes and supports students without regard to their immigration status.

International students should visit the International Center website for the mandatory immigration check-in schedule as well as information about international student orientation workshops: https://internationalcenter.umich.edu/events.

 

Living in Ann Arbor

The School of Education is in Ann Arbor, one of America's best university towns. While the urban energy of Detroit is just 40 miles away, Ann Arbor has a unique vibe—part small-town, part international intellectual hotbed. Ann Arbor is the area's main center for culture and recreation, where students can enjoy a variety of cuisine, museums, and musical and athletic events.

Office of the Registrar

Visit the Office of the Registrar webpage to view the academic calendar, schedule of classes, and tuition and fees, learn more about student rights and records, and order transcripts.

Other Resources
Recreation

Take a break from the academic grind and go to the gym for a workout or play on an intramural sports team with your classmates through the Department of Recreational Sports. Enjoy the University Union Arts & Programs events including weekly workshops, concerts, poetry slams, and other performances. Check out the Destination Ann Arbor for a list of the most recent happenings in the city.

Student Employment

Master’s students may be looking for jobs on- and off-campus to help offset the expenses of graduate school. The University of Michigan’s Career page lists available Graduate Student Assistant (GSA) opportunities.  The Student Employment Office is also an excellent resource for students investigating temporary part-time employment opportunities. This office maintains an up-to-date listing of Work-Study and non-Work-Study positions, both on and off campus. Most doctoral graduate students will come into the School of Education with graduate student instructor (GSI), graduate student research assistant (GSRA), and graduate student staff assistant (GSSA) appointments. Please contact your program administrator if you have questions about your specific appointment.

Master's students in CSHPE should participate in the CSHPE spring placement for internships. These internships are paid experiential opportunities for 10-20 hours per week that students pursue while taking a full course load. For this reason, we do not recommend that CSHPE master's students pursue an additional part-time job at the start of their graduate program.

Student Organizations

The School of Education offers students the opportunity to join several student organizations.

Also, students may get involved on campus by joining a Rackham graduate student organization or one of over a thousand other student organizations on campus.

Transportation and Parking Permits

The University of Michigan offers its own bus service to and from many areas around campus. In addition to receiving this free service, all students may ride the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority (AATA) buses free of charge with a valid MCard. Routes for AATA buses include over 1500 stops around the U-M campus and surrounding areas.

The Parking and Transportation Office offers parking permits to graduate students registered for classes. Graduate students may select from five parking options:

  • Student Orange
  • Student Yellow
  • After Hours
  • Student Orange with After Hours
  • Student Yellow with After Hours

Alternate means of transportation can be used in Ann Arbor, including the Zipcar, bicycles, and walking. Whichever method you prefer, many different means can be used to get around the city.

Undocumented and DACAmented Students
The Rackham Graduate School has put together resources for Undocumented and DACAmented students.

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CONTACT

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soeadmissions@umich.edu

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