Service & Maintenance Staff
- The Michigan League
- The Michigan Union
- Duderstadt Library
- Hatcher Graduate Library
- Law Library
- Ref Room
- Shapiro Undergraduate Library
Popular Places to Chill
- The Arb
- The Diag
- The Michigan Union
Coffeehouse on Campus
Java Blue Café is located at the entrance to the North Quad dining room.
UM is very committed to its involvement with green initiatives. Students can choose from more than 10 undergraduate degrees involving the subject of sustainability. Plus, there are more than 500 courses on the subject, as well.
- The Arb: Nichols Arboretum
- Blue Bucks and Dining Dollars: Blue Bucks is money stored on your Mcard that can be used at restaurants in campus buildings such as the Michigan Union, while Dining Dollars can only be used for dining hall meals and at specific campus stores.
- Bluebook: An essay exam in which your answers are written in a blue booklet
- CRISP: This is an acronym for "Computer Registration Involving Student Participation." It means registering for classes online.
- The Diag: The center of Central Campus; it is the crossroads of campus, bordered by the Grad Library, Mason and Haven halls, and beautiful lawns full of trees.
- Discussion Section: In accordance with a lecture, a discussion section is a smaller group of students usually led by a GSI, where the subject material is talked about in a more intimate setting, and assignments are turned in and graded for a course.
- The Dude: North Campus's Duderstadt Library
- Festifall: An event at the beginning of fall semester each year where nearly all of the 900 student organizations set up a table on and around the Diag soliciting new members and involvement; this is a great way to join groups and clubs.
- Fishbowl: The Angell Hall computing site
- Group Homework : You'll most likely encounter this first in your calculus class, where certain problems are done in groups and due weekly.
- GSI: This stands for graduate student instructor, which is a teaching assistant that sometimes leads discussion sections in larger classes.
- Hash Bash: This happens one Saturday each April. Thousands of students and pot heads from around the region come to Ann Arbor to celebrate marijuana. Part protest, part festival—it's a sight to be seen.
- The Hill: This is a section of campus that houses the majority of first-year students. Residence halls here include Couzens, Alice Lloyd, Markley, Mosher-Jordan (MoJo), and Stockwell.
- Maize Craze: The student section at men's basketball games in Crisler Arena; students have the best seats in the house and wear maize-colored T-shirts.
- Pre-Game: Sometimes used interchangeably with "pre-party," but most often this refers to the parties people have outside before a school football game.
- Pre-Party: The act of partying before going out to the bars; it can be a party before a home football game, too.
- The Rock: This is a giant rock on the corner of Washtenaw and Hill streets that is painted practically every night of the year by one group or another for birthdays and other events.
- The UGLi: Stands for the Undergraduate Library (Shapiro) on South University Avenue
- The Naked Mile: The Naked Mile is a Michigan tradition that is often emulated on campuses around the country; students run through the streets naked in the spring.
- Wade in the Water: At orientation, your leader will make you walk through the fountain, just outside of the Michigan League, in the direction of the Diag and the Grad Library. It is a tradition that upon graduation, you walk through the fountain the opposite way, toward Rackham Hall, home of Michigan's Graduate Department.
- If you kiss someone under the West Hall Arch at midnight, that's the person you're going to marry.
- If you step on the "M" in the center of the Diag, you'll fail your first bluebook exam.
- The pumas outside the doors of the Museum of Natural History only roar on two occasions: when Michigan beats Ohio State in football and when a virgin graduates from the University.
Favorite Things To Do
If it's a nice day, join thousands of fellow students on the Diag to bask in the sun or just hang out. Catch an independent movie at the Michigan Theater, see a musical staged by the prestigious musical theater department at the Power Center, hear a concert at the acoustically-perfect Hill Auditorium, or take a stroll in the Arboretum—the University's expansive park of rolling hills, running trails, and riverbeds.
Michigan students have it all at their fingertips. From great restaurants in the Union to nuclear testing labs, everything you'd ever want is on campus.
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
There are more than 900 student organizations on campus.
Student Activities Offered
- Campus ministries
- Choral groups
- Concert band
- International student organization
- Jazz band
- Literary magazine
- Marching band
- Model UN
- Music ensembles
- Musical theater
- Pep band
- Radio station
- Student government
- Student-run film society
- Symphony orchestra
- Television station
Air Force ROTC: Yes
Navy ROTC: Yes
Army ROTC: Yes
Did You Know?
- Maize Pages is a website that lists the names, function, and contact information for each campus club. Peruse the listings to find something to get involved in.
- You can start your own club on campus! Just get the members together and register at: www.studentorgs.umich.edu/maize.