Opportunity is a word that means a great deal to us at LSA. 

The opportunity to learn alongside some of the most accomplished faculty in the world. The opportunity to define success on your own terms. The opportunity to access a world-class education no matter what you look like or where you come from.

As we look back on the many accomplishments of the College’s past, it seems natural to share our vision for our collective future. To address the challenges of the 21st century, the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts is making a major investment in opportunity. To serve our students, we will be expanding the first floors of the LSA Building to house a first-of-its-kind institution to empower students.

The U-M Board of Regents approved the architectural plans for the new LSA Opportunity Hub in March. The plans, designed by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson and SmithgroupJJR, include a two-story glass entrance, a dedicated classroom, an enclosed multipurpose room, collaborative meeting spaces, and plenty of cozy nooks for studying.

The LSA Opportunity Hub will be the starting point where students connect what they are learning in their liberal arts classes with their hopes and aspirations.

Inside, students will get access to more than 1,800 domestic and international internships, find funding so that any student can afford to have an internship experience, connect with alumni mentors and employers, and receive coaching to prepare for life and career possibilities.

We are investing in opportunity because we believe that the liberal arts and sciences are the best way to become richly educated, and because we believe that understanding the complexity of the world allows students to find their place in it.

We hope you will get involved. There are opportunities for alumni to mentor current students, to create internships, and to support some of the most talented, ambitious, and far-seeing students in the world.

Hub offices are already open on the first floor of the LSA Building, and our new space will open in 2019. When it’s completed, the LSA Opportunity Hub will be the place for alumni to connect with students and for students to connect with their future. Learn more about this new front door to the College online and in the fall issue of LSA Magazine.

I hope to see you there.


Illustration by Erin Nelson