MParents: Activities, Clubs, & Recreation : Student Life

Student Life


Activities, Clubs, & Recreation

Some of Michigan’s most educational experiences take place outside the classroom. The University of Michigan and the Ann Arbor community offer countless opportunities for enrichment beyond academics.

As parents of Michigan students, you should encourage your student to seek a balance between academics and extracurricular activities. Participation in student activities outside of class not only provides a much-needed break from the intense academic rigors, but also helps many students to manage their time better, and can lead to a more rewarding and successful college experience.

Coordinated by the Center for Campus Involvement, there are more than 1,000 student organizations at U-M, so there’s bound to be something for everyone. A listing of the student organizations can be found in the Maize Pages. There are student organizations for:

  • academic and professional interests
  • visual and performing arts
  • athletic and recreational clubs
  • community service
  • environmental interests
  • religious, minority, and ethnic groups
  • political and social action
  • publications and media
  • student government

… and many more. In addition, students can take the “Student Interest Survey” through the Center for Campus Involvement to help them get connected to student organizations that pertain to their interests.

About 18% of U-M students choose to participate in fraternities and sororities, which recruit new students each fall. Michigan also provides sports and recreation activities for athletes of all abilities. In addition to Michigan's famous varsity sports program, Michigan provides both Club and intramural sports.

The Outdoor Adventures program is a gateway to the recreational opportunities in Ann Arbor and beyond. Outdoor Adventures provides a climbing wall, a rental center for camping and outdoor sporting equipment, and a wilderness trip program. In addition, the Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County areas offer many year-round parks and recreation activities.

As parents and family members, you too are encouraged to take advantage of the recreational opportunities in Ann Arbor when you visit your student. The University of Michigan Golf Course welcomes parents of current students. Simply show your student’s MCard (or a copy of it) for access to this world-class course.