About: General Questions about the First Year Experience

What is the First Year Experience?

The First Year Experience (FYE) helps first year students transition to U-M, navigate campus resources, and connect to opportunities across campus.

Our goal is to support you across four areas:

  • Journey toward your academic and personal goals
  • Discover ways you can unlock campus resources and opportunities
  • Connect with others and make new friends in your community
  • Thrive, de-stress, and promote well-being

Is FYE a program that students register or sign up for?

All first year students are included in FYE programming. No registration is needed! We look forward to your involvement.

Journey: Answers to your questions about academic and personal goals

Where can I get a new MCard?

There are several locations on campus to get a new or a replacement MCard:

On Central Campus:
100 Student Activities Bldg
(734-936-2273) or 3269 CCRB (734-763-3084)

3269 Central Campus Recreation Building
(734-763-3084) or mcard@umich.edu

On North Campus:
2202 Pierpont Commons (2nd floor Mezzanine)
(734-764-7544) or mcard@umich.edu

250G Wolverine Tower, 3003 S. State St.
(734-763-7385) or mcard@umich.edu

Note that those who work for the Health System will need a special MCard that can only be obtained from C158 Med Inn Bldg (734-763-6376).

Where might I find the calendar for classes?

We encourage you to check with your school/college, as some programs may follow slightly different calendars for class start and end dates, as well as exam schedules. For general dates and the academic calendar, the Registrar is a great place to start!

I’m still trying to determine my major. What kind of support is offered for career exploration?

We know you have questions about your future career. That’s why the University Career Center is here to help! With a wealth of resources, the Career Center offers assessment tools to evaluate your interests and values, the Emerging Wolverines program to explore careers, and even job shadowing opportunities to get first-hand experience in a range of fields. Stop by the Student Activities Building for in-person support, or visit their website to access resources.

I have a question about how my GPA may affect my academic standing. Who can answer this?

Each school and college handles academic standing differently. Please contact your school/college for more information.

Discover: Answers to help you unlock campus resources and opportunities

There are so many acronyms! What does this acronym stand for?

Use our Acroym Decoder to find out what those U-M letter combinations stand for!

I’m having trouble locating a class/building/office. How can I find where it is located?

Campus Information houses a helpful interactive map! From North Campus to Central Campus, to the Ross Athletic area, find the class or range of facilities that you’re searching for.

I keep hearing about internship opportunities, but I’m not sure where to start. What office might be able to assist?

Set up an account on Handshake through the University Career Center to access jobs and internships available to U-M students! For support getting started in the internship search process, check out the advice from the University Career Center. Also, check with your school or college for specific opportunities for students in your program.

I’m considering living off-campus for my second year. What resources does the university offer to support my search?

Beyond the Diag is UM's Off-Campus Housing Program within the Dean of Students Office, here to help you access resources for living off-campus. From finding housing, to roommates, and building community in your new neighborhood, Beyond the Diag is your place to get connected. Consider applying to be a Neighborhood Ambassador to promote safety and plan events for your community!

How can I get involved on campus?

Check out the Center for Campus Involvement (CCI) for ideas, or visit the Happening@Michigan calendar for a huge range of events to participate in!

Connect: Answers to connect with new friends and our community

How can I find out what events are happening on campus?

Check out Happening@Michigan, our comprehensive campus calendar that departments and organizations use to advertise their events. There, you can search events by category, interest, department, and date.

How do I get a job on campus?

There are many opportunities for student employment on campus! Visit Student Employment and Student Life for temporary, part-time, and work-study positions. Working on campus offers competitive pay, hours that fit with your class schedule, and opportunities to build skills for your resume.

I’m a first-generation student; what resources are available to me at U-M?

Visit First-Generation Students to access resources, insight and inspiration that can help you thrive and succeed on campus as you pursue your degree!

Thrive: Answers about health and well-being on campus

I have a financial question. Who might be able to assist?

Ranging from support about tax returns, financial aid awards, work-study, and student billing, the Office of Financial Aid can help. Please see the Office of Financial Aid website or their FAQ page to answer all of your finance questions!

What wellness resources are offered on campus?

Wolverine Wellness is open to all students, offering free wellness coaching to help optimize your personal health and wellness. Consider browsing our Thrive page for additional Student Life units with a range of resources supporting your health and wellness.

I’m not sure how to navigate some of the complexities around campus life and/or I’m looking for support while facing a difficult challenge. Who might be able to help?

Each student’s situation is different and we want every student to be supported, valued, and safe on campus. Consider contacting some of our wellness resources, should your situation connect with their goals, or the Dean of Students Office for a range of assistance in problem-solving.