Admitted student activities


Coming up

Between now and mid-April, when admissions responses are due, we’re organizing a broad suite of opportunities for you to spend time with members of the Ford School community. Please see below for a schedule of events, including Spring Preview, coffee chats with our alumni, and other ways to meet us virtually.

In addition, members of our community, including our current students, alumni, and faculty, will be contacting you during the weeks of March 21 and 28—pick up and let's chat! 

We hope you will enjoy these opportunities to learn more about the Ford School and to ask questions about the program.

Policy Talks and public events

Incoming students are invited to attend virtual Policy Talks and other public events. Our spring calendar is full of terrific offerings, including our Democracy in Crisis series (featuring Barton Gellman, Sarah Kendzior, and Anne Applebaum); Governor Jeb Bush; U.S. Representatives Liz Cheney and Debbie Dingell; and our Masterclass in Activism with sociologist and law professor Dorothy Roberts

View a full listing of all public events at the Ford School and join the conversation.


Springboard: Ford School summer stats program

Introducing a new benefit for incoming MPP and MPA students: a 3-week, 2 hours/day, virtual training program in basic quantitative reasoning. This learning experience will be offered in July 2022. Designed and taught by Ford School faculty, the program will center policy analysis and help prepare incoming graduate students for the outstanding, rigorous analytic training they’ll receive at the University of Michigan.

Springboard is a great option for individuals who:

  1. have limited or no experience in quantitative analysis courses or in a profession that requires quantitative analysis, AND
  2. could benefit from receiving additional support with quantitative and statistical reasoning beyond the one-week math primer that students can access during the new student orientation in August.

Look for more information by email in the next few weeks about eligibility and how best to determine whether Springboard is the right step for you.

Career interests and resume reviews

Graduate Career Services wants to get to know your individual intentions and career interests. In mid-summer, stay tuned for an opportunity to share your individual career/employer interests, have your resume reviewed, and gain access to and learn how to navigate the Ford School's internal career management system, FordCareers.

Strengths and leadership/career development

The Ford School Leadership Initiative and Graduate Career Services enables incoming students the opportunity to engage with their strengths, and begin intentional leadership/career development before classes begin. Students have the opportunity to take CliftonStrengths, and engage in introductory sessions as an opportunity to learn more about the tool, begin unpacking your results, and interact with your future classmates. These sessions will be held during the second half of summer and will be followed by opportunities to continue the conversation around strengths before the start of the academic year. 


For academic preparation and other activities in the two weeks prior to the start of fall classes, learn about Fall Welcome.