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Orientation FAQs

What does a liberal arts degree offer?

Many students and parents today are understandably concerned about the job market. We encourage students to focus on “education” as opposed to “job training.” A liberal arts degree fosters the development of specific skills, such as effective communication, analysis, critical thinking, and problem solving, which today’s employers and professional schools are seeking. However, it also encourages adaptability to new and changing conditions, which will serve students well in their rapidly changing work and life environments. Explore what you can do with an LSA degree: https://lsa.umich.edu/lsa/academics/what-will-you-do-with-an-LSA-degree.html

Can students receive AP test credits from high school?

Some students will receive college credit depending on test results. During Orientation, academic advisors will review the guidelines for how credit is granted for acceptable achievement on Advanced Placement Program examinations. Please see: https://admissions.umich.edu/apply/freshmen-applicants/ap-ib-credit

Is it possible for an incoming student to take college credits over the summer before school starts?

Some students choose to take summer courses before they arrive on campus. All incoming students should check with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions or the LSA Academic Advising Center to make sure that transfer credit will be given for courses elected at other colleges and universities.

How big are the classes here at UM? How are they different from high school classes?

In general, UM classes range in size from hundreds of students in a large lecture to 10 to 25 students in a seminar. UM courses are much more intense than high-school courses: more material is covered in a shorter amount of time, and students are expected to work much harder, both in and outside of class, than is usually required for success in high school.

How many credits does it take to be a full-time student?

For the Fall and Winter Terms, a student must be enrolled for at least 12 credits to be full-time and can take up to 18 credits. For Spring and Summer Half-Terms, 6-9 credits is considered full-time.

How much time do students spend studying each week?

While all students are different, they should plan on devoting two to three hours outside of class for every hour spent in class each week, depending on difficulty level.

Are any tutoring resources available?

The first step is to talk to the instructor or the professor. Many departments have programs to help students understand the course material better. Tutoring services are offered at the:

• Sweetland Writing Center • Engineering Honor Society • Science Learning Center

• Language Resource Center • Physics Help Room • Math Lab

More information is available at: http://lsa.umich.edu/students/resources

How are academic advisors assigned?

Academic advisors are assigned during Orientation, usually on a random basis. There are many academic advisors, and students may meet with any of the staff with whom they develop an easy rapport.

Will a student always see the same academic advisor?

Students are encouraged to continue meeting with the academic advisor with whom they met during Orientation. They may, however, request to meet with any academic advisor they choose. Part of our goal is to foster an ongoing conversation between students and advisors. The objective of this continuing conversation is to help students set and achieve realistic academic and life goals.

How can students get advising appointments?

To make appointments, students need to call (734) 764-0332 or visit the Newnan LSA Academic Advising Center in person. They may e-mail their academic advisor with fairly simple questions but are encouraged to meet individually with their advisor to discuss more complex issues.

Is there anyone here parents can talk to about how their son or daughter is doing?

It is important for parents to establish an ongoing dialogue with their son or daughter about the transition to the University and academic progress. Advisors will be happy to speak with parents about the academic programs here and to answer any questions about program options. Once a student matriculates, however, under federal law (FERPA) any records or data  collected in the academic file are confidential (including course selection and grades) and cannot be shared with anyone other than the student without the student’s written permission. For more information about FERPA, please visit http://ro.umich.edu/ferpa/