Parents and families, welcome to the undocumented and DACAmented student webpage and welcome to the University of Michigan.
As your student enters the University of Michigan, we want to reassure you that they will receive the guidance and support they need throughout their time at the university.
This page provides links to many resources that relate to the student college experience at the University of Michigan. We hope that these links below will help navigate and assist in the planning of future conversations with your student.
“The beginning of a college career marks many changes in students and their relationships with family and friends. It can also mean changes in beliefs, values, behaviors, and attitudes. Parents and family members provide a crucial support base for these new experiences. Understanding and adjusting to these changes is an exciting challenge for both students and parents.”
“In addition to preparing your student with the practical side of becoming an adult, there are some conversations you should have before sending your student off to campus about alcohol, drugs, and sexual decision making. As a parent, you still have considerable influence and can help your student avoid and resolve problems. By talking with, and listening to, your student, you can offer information, support, and guidance. Talk with your student before arrival on campus and continue your discussions during the school year.”
“As your student takes on adult responsibilities, your role will change, but your student still needs you. Students need you to support their growth, development, and independence, and to be a stable force in their ever-changing world. On occasion, they even need your advice—but they may or may not ask for it.”
“College student development can take many forms, and there are many experts who have written volumes on the development that your student will experience during his or her college years. As a parent, a basic understanding of student development theory may help you to prepare for the changes that your son or daughter will undergo throughout the next few years.”
“As a family member of a Michigan student, you may want to stay informed about what’s happening on campus.”