Student Life

Student Life

While studying at the Ford School, you’ll have access to an abundance of academic, professional, social, and recreational resources.

The Ford School Community

The Ford School is a small, tightly-knit community within the larger University of Michigan. The combination of core courses, seminar-style classes, and group assignments creates close relationships among students and faculty. Regular luncheon meetings and special presentations draw people together for discussion of pressing policy problems.

A wide range of student activities -- from basketball tournaments to lecture series -- creates a lively and energetic environment. In addition, students regularly take advantage of the numerous opportunities available to all members of the University of Michigan community.

Click here for the University of Michigan’s Online Event Calendar.

Part of what makes the Ford School community unique is the diversity among our student body, faculty and staff — we value differences in educational and professional experience, political outlook, lifestyle, and interest in specific policy issues. We also value our diversity in terms of race and ethnic background, gender, sexual orientation, and religion.

Getting Involved

The Ford School is a diverse community, as is reflected by the number of student organizations and programs that encourage, embrace and celebrate policy issues from a wide variety of perspectives. Three of our more active student organizations are Students of Color in Public Policy (SCPP), Women and Gender in Public Policy (WGPP) and IPSA (International Policy Student Association). Additionally, the Rackham Graduate School sponsors an organization called Students of Color in Rackham (SCOR), in which Ford School students are very involved.

At the Ford School, the study of public policy is not contained within classroom walls. Students serve on all decision-making committees and play an important role in Ford School governance, as well as serve in community service settings throughout Ann Arbor.

Many student organizations and offices both within the Ford School and across campus support our commitment to student interests and concerns. These include Students of Color in Public Policy, Women and Gender in Public Policy, the Community Service Organization, the Detroit Project, the University's Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs, the Office of Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Affairs, Services for Students with Disabilities, the Center for the Education of Women, and the International Center.

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The Ann Arbor Advantage

The city of Ann Arbor (population about 100,000) is nationally rated as one of the most livable communities in the United States. Ann Arbor is located within a one-hour drive of Detroit and about five hours from Chicago and Toronto. By plane, you can reach New York City, Boston, and Washington D.C. in ninety minutes.

Ann Arbor strikes an ideal balance between being a cosmopolitan city, rich in culture, entertainment, research and high-tech industry, and a vibrant college town that attracts students from all over the country and the world. The University is located just a short walk from downtown Ann Arbor, where you’ll find live music venues, art galleries and museums, sidewalk cafés and eclectic shops. If you have a passion for the great outdoors, you can bike, hike, boat, fish and canoe, all within minutes of campus.

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Student Housing

The University provides a variety of housing accommodations for graduate students; these accommodations can be obtained with or without board. Graduate students may apply to be resident advisers or directors in the undergraduate residence halls. Both positions pay room and board and directors receive an additional stipend. Family housing is also available through the University.

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Health Services

The University Health Service clinics provide general health services for University students. In addition, the University Medical Center maintains a number of specialty clinics, such as eye care, allergy clinics, obstetrics, gynecology, and pediatrics. Inexpensive dental work is also available through the Dental School Clinic.

Click here for online information about University Health Services.