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Preview Events


Preview Events are a collaboration between the College of Literature, Science and the Arts (LSA), select departments across the College, and the Rackham Graduate School to provide an opportunity to experience the vitality of the campus, meet faculty and potential graduate student peers, attend courses and seminars, and visit research labs to learn about select PhD programs.  

Preview Events are open to domestic undergraduate juniors, seniors, recent graduates or master’s students who have outstanding academic qualifications, show exceptional potential for scholarly success in a graduate program, and demonstrate promise for contributing to wider academic, professional, or civic communities. 

Eligible students are those that:

  • Come from an educational, cultural or geographic background that is underrepresented in graduate study in their discipline in the United States or at the University of Michigan;
  • Have demonstrated a sustained commitment to diversity in the academic, professional, or civic realm through their work experience, volunteer engagement, or leadership of student or community organizations. By commitment to diversity, we mean efforts in the U.S. to reduce social, educational or economic disparities based on race, ethnicity or gender, or to improve race relations in the U.S.;
  • Have experienced financial hardship as a result of family economic circumstances;
  • Are first-generation U.S. citizens or are the first generation in their families to graduate from a four-year college.

Most Preview Events take place in the fall semester; dates will vary by participating programs.  


Interested in Applying?

Participating College of LSA graduate programs are responsible for the administration of applications.

For more information about applying, please visit the participating department sites:


Applied Physics

Asian Languages and Cultures




Earth and Environmental Sciences

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology