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Current Students

Please review important information related to our policies, equipment/clothing, important dates and forms.


Drug & Alcohol Policy

The University of Michigan requires a drug- and alcohol-free workplace and study environment. This policy applies to NELP, even though many NELPers are of legal drinking age.

NELP has additional reasons for enforcing this policy: Swimming, boating, and hiking can be dangerous, and it is crucial that participants not have impaired judgment or impaired physical abilities. NELP and our host camp could both be seriously damaged by incidents that involve the use of drugs or alcohol. Further, drug or alcohol use creates divisions in our small community.

If you cannot support this policy, do not apply to NELP.

Equipment & Clothing List

A complete equipment and clothing list will accompany each acceptance letter. Expensive items are a sleeping bag, hiking boots, and a backpack.

The secret to effective dressing at NELP is layers. Style isn’t important at NELP; warmth is. There are ways to be thrifty when getting together your equipment for NELP, and it's also easy to spend several hundred dollars—most students, though, can plan to spend at least $250-350 on the required items. 

There might also be opportunities to borrow or buy used equipment from previous NELPers. Stay tuned. 

Important Dates




 NELP Deposit #1 due

 NELP Deposit #2 due





 NELP Orientation

 Final Meeting



 Vans Depart for New Hampshire

TBD   Vans Return to Ann Arbor

Medical & Release Forms

Visit this section in the near future to download our medical and release forms.

COVID-19 Information

NELP students in 2021 will be required to participate in a rigorous pre-program self-quarantine which will eliminate all high risk activities starting 14 days before leaving for New England and, starting 10 days before departure, will ask participants to subscribe to heightened precautions that will greatly reduce risk of exposure to the coronavirus. COVID testing will also be required both  shortly before departure from Ann Arbor and shortly after arrival in New England. Details are evolving and will be posted here ASAP.