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.
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. 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.
For more information about your fellowship or assistantship, please contact your program administrator.
All students are encouraged to fill out the 2020-2021 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 2019-2020 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org, (734) 763-6600).
New students have the option of living on- or off-campus. Graduate and family housing is available through the 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.
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.
Directions and Parking
A map of the SOE'S location is located at the bottom of this page.
Parking on or near campus is extremely limited. The closest public parking structure is the South Forest Street Parking Garage (owned by the City of Ann Arbor). Metered parking may also be available on South University Avenue and East University Avenue.
Graduate students will have the opportunity to purchase parking permits once they are enrolled in courses. These permits allow you to park in commuter lots located on the perimeter of campus and served by university buses. Current rates are available on the Parking and Transportation Services website.
Newly-admitted Rackham students (except for those programs with special orientations) will be issued appointments they may begin using:
Spring, Spring/Summer, or Summer 2021: Thursday, April 22 at 8:00 a.m.
Fall 2021: Tuesday, June 1 at 8:00 a.m.
Registration appointments for returning graduate students can be used beginning:
Spring, Spring/Summer, Summer, and Fall 2021: March 31–April 2 at 8:00 a.m.
Registration procedures differ among the academic programs. Expect to hear more information about advising and course registration from your department. Students can also consult their faculty advisors regarding course selection.
Students will register for classes online via “Student Business” in Wolverine Access. To familiarize yourself with the registration process as well as other transactions conducted through Wolverine Access, please view the “Student Business” menu.
To view each term’s student registration deadlines, please visit the academic calendar. Registration procedures differ among the academic programs. Expect to hear more information about advising and course registration from your department. Students can also consult their faculty advisors regarding course selection.
If you have any questions about disenrolling from, withdrawing, adding, or dropping a course please contact the Graduate Records Coordinator in the Office of Student Affairs: email@example.com.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Master of Arts with Secondary Certification (Secondary MAC) Orientation: Beginning Monday, June 8th
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 15th
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.
New Student Orientation, Thursday, August 27th
This School of Education orientation is for students in the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education, Educational Studies, Combined Program in Education and Psychology, and Joint Program in English and Education programs. You will be introduced to SOE student services and your program’s operations during this all-day event.
Rackham’s Fall Welcome and Information Fair: Friday, August 28th
Though not required, this orientation will introduce new students to over 70 organizations that they may become involved in and will conclude will a welcome picnic for both new and current students: https://rackham.umich.edu/event/rackham-fall-welcome-and-information-fair/.
Admitted graduate resources
Office of the Registrar
Visit the Office of the Registrar webpage to view the academic calender, schedule of classes, and tuition and fees, learn more about student rights and records, and order transcripts.
The Residency Office has established Residency Classification Guidelines to ensure that decisions about whether you pay in-state or out-of-state tuition are fair and equitable. As an applicant for admission or an enrolled student who believes that you are a Michigan resident, the guidelines will help you understand what may be required to complete an Application for Resident Classification and provide additional information to document your residency status.
Applications can also be downloaded at ro.umich.edu/residency-application.pdf. Completed applications should be submitted to the Residency Classification Office.
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.
- The Career Center
- Center for the Education of Women
- Center for Research on Teaching and Learning
- Consulting for Statistics, Computing and Analytics Research (CSCAR)
- English Language Institute
- Language Resource Center
- Rackham Graduate School
- School of Education Office of Student Affairs
- Services for Students with Disabilities
- Sweetland Center for Writing
- University Library System
- University Computing Resources
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.
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:
- Ann Arbor Public Library
- Ann Arbor Public Schools
- Rackham Parent Resources
- Students with Children Resources
- University of Michigan Work/Life Resource Center
Learn how to navigate the University of Michigan's computing resources and services using the Quick Guide for Students. Here you can locate information ranging from the location of computer labs to computer sales for personal use.
Take 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 Ann Arbor Area Convention and Visitors Bureau for a list of the most recent happenings in the city.
The School of Education offers students the opportunity to join several student organizations.
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.
- Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
- Health Insurance (Domestic): GradCare
- Health Insurance (International): International Center
- University Health Service
- Wolverine Wellness
If you are still looking for housing or a roommate and want some helpful resources for securing a place to live, check out the University Housing or U-M Off-Campus Housing websites for information. Use the OSA Facebook group to ask current students about their housing recommendations.
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.
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 Ann Arbor, including the Zipcar, bicycles, and walking. Whichever method you prefer, many different means can be used to get around the city.
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.
School of Education Resources
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