Fall welcome and orientation activities

We’re looking forward to welcoming you to the Ford School.

The official start of the school year, welcome week and orientation activities at the Ford School give new students the opportunity to meet and engage with peers, faculty, and staff, and begin the process of preparing for the academic year.

We will make more information and a detailed fall welcome schedule available to incoming students later this summer through Canvas, U-M's campus-wide learning management system.

Pre-welcome week offerings

August 17-20, 2021

American government module

The American government module is a free non-credit course to acquaint incoming master's students—international students, and domestic ones in need of a refresher—with the U.S. political system. The module covers the basics of the American political system—Congress, the presidency, the judiciary, elections, lobbyists, interest groups, and the federal bureaucracy.

Math camp

Math camp is a free non-credit refresher course on Algebra skills and concepts you will see in quantitative classes, such as microeconomics, statistics, and calculus. Everyone is invited to attend, and we strongly encourage it for those who haven’t had much math or haven’t taken any math since high school.

Welcome week

August 23-27, 2021

Orientation programming

Over the course of a series of required and recommended gatherings, you'll new be introduced to some of the school's core values of academic integrity, diversity, mutual respect, and constructive engagement. In addition, there are policy writing and leadership seminars, a current student panel, an information fair, and a chance to give back to the Ann Arbor community through volunteer opportunities, if public health protocols allow.

Review sessions and waiver exams

We'll host a statistics review session and offer waiver exams for both Statistics and Microeconomics A. There is no penalty for taking a waiver exam and not passing.

International and first-gen welcome events

We'll invite all our international and first-generation students to welcome mixers.

Fall launch and all school assembly

In early September, Ford School leaders will host an all school assembly to bring the community together and discuss the coming academic year, introduce new faculty, and share updates on school and student priorities.