MParents: U-M Lingo for Parents : Student Life

Student Life

U-M Lingo for Parents

How would you respond if your student told you:

“After my EECS class, I went to the CCRB then headed over to the UGLi to meet my GSI.”

Understanding young adults is often challenging—especially once they go off to college and are surrounded with a new world and a whole new vocabulary! Here’s a translation guide to help you communicate with your U-M student.


Nickname Definition
A2 Nickname for Ann Arbor, pronounced "A squared"
AATA Ann Arbor Transit Authority (city buses), also known as "The Ride"
APA Academic Peer Advisor
the Arb The Arboretum. A large, wooded area east of campus, accessible from Geddes Ave. or from Washington Hts. Popular spot for picnics, jogging, and romantic dates!
the Arcade Glass-roofed pedestrian walkway of small shops that runs from the intersection of State St. and N. University Ave. to Maynard St.
The [Engin] Arch The archway through West Hall at the southeast corner of the Diag. Opens onto South and East University streets.
ATO Athletic Ticket Office
B-School The Business School, also known as "Ross"
the Big House One of many terms for the Michigan Football Stadium. Also known as “the house that Bo built” or simply “the Stadium”
CAEN Computer Aided Engineering Network. Handles all aspects of computing for the College of Engineering
CAPS Counseling and Psychological Services
CCI Center for Campus Involvement
CCRB Central Campus Recreation Building
CEW Center for the Education of Women
CIC Campus Information Centers, located in the Michigan Union and the Pierpont Commons
CSG Central Student Government, the student governing council
the Cube The large, black metal sculpture in Regents Plaza near the Fleming Administration Building
the Diag The large grassy area located in the center of campus, and surrounded by the Graduate Library, Angell/Mason/Haven Hall, and the Natural Resources and Chemistry buildings. A central meeting place and people-watching spot
DOS Dean of Students
DPSS Department of Public Safety & Security
EECS Electrical Engineering and Computer Science—a building and an academic concentration. Pronounced “eeks”
Fishbowl Large glassed-in ITS computing site where Angell, Haven, and Mason Halls meet (located on the “diag” side of Angell Hall)
the Grad Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library
GSI Graduate Student Instructor—a graduate student who teaches or assists in a classroom
the Hill The area of residence halls on and near Observatory Street, east of the walking bridge
IM Intramural, as in IM sports or IM building
ITS Information Technology Services. Handles all aspects of computing on campus
LSA Literature, Science, and the Arts. The name of the largest undergraduate college and of the orange-colored brick building on State Street
the League The Michigan League on North University Avenue
the ‘M’ There are many Ms on the U-M campus, but THE M is the bronze one inlaid at the center of the Diag
MESA Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs
MLB Modern Languages Building
MLC Michigan Learning Community
MRC Michigan Research Community
MUG The restaurant and seating area on the ground floor of the Michigan Union
MUTO Michigan Union Ticket Office
NCRB North Campus Recreation Building
OAMI Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives
OSCR Office of Student Conflict Resolution
ONSP The Office of New Student Programs (includes Arts@Michigan, Orientation, Mentorship, Parents Programs, UM Educational Theatre Company, Transfer Connections, and Welcome to Michigan, among other functions)
PAAO LSA’s Peer Academic Advising Office
Pierpont (PC) Pierpont Commons, on North Campus
RA, DPE Resident Advisor, Diversity Peer Educator. An upperclass student living in a residence hall as a peer counselor and floor supervisor
RC Residential College
RHA Residence Halls Association—the student voice in the residence halls
the Rock Large frequently painted rock covered with graffiti on the corner of Washtenaw Avenue and Hill Street
SAB Student Activities Building
SAPAC Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center
SOAS Student Organization Account Services, budget management for groups
UAC University Activities Center. The student organization that sponsors entertainment and mini-courses on campus
UGLi The Shapiro Undergraduate and Science Library, pronounced “ugly”
UHS University Health Service
UMMA University of Michigan Museum of Art, pronounced “ooma”
UMS University Musical Society
Underground The lower level of the Michigan League
Union The Michigan Union, the oldest of the three student unions, located on State Street
uniqname Your computing ID. Pronounced “u-neek-name”
UPROD University Productions
Wolverine Access The secure online website where students can register for classes, view grades, print unofficial transcripts, and view financial records