First Year Experience

ALA Courses

What are you hoping to gain from your time at Michigan? Take advantage of your experience with ALA 171: Making the Most of Michigan, a 7-week course designed to help students present themselves to the world at large. Offered in the residence halls, these small sections of 10-12 students are facilitated by upper-level students. This course creates a comfortable environment for students to speak openly.

Recommended for all first-year students, but especially those who want a head start in the professional world. Ultimately, making the most of Michigan is making Michigan yours!

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What Is Alcohol "Edu"?

AlcoholEdu is a program you're required to take online before your first year starts -it reduces high-risk drinking and alcohol-related harms among college students.

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The Why & the How 1st Year Programs

The purpose of the First Year Experience is to provide coherence to the many educational offerings that entering undergraduates encounter, while aligning the work of the many units across the University that are endeavoring to help them transition to Michigan.


Safety on Campus

It’s not just your parents who want to ensure that your first year at Michigan is a safe one. Our community is at its strongest when everyone feels safe.

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